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How much plastic have humans made?

Humans have created more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, a new study suggests.

Paying people to save trees could also save money

Paying people to conserve trees may be a cost-effective way to curb deforestation and reduce carbon emissions and should be a key component of fighting climate change, a new study suggests.

Clam fossils show rising sea levels boost parasites

New research suggests that parasitic infections could increase in the next century due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Oil can lead fish to make bad decisions

Oil can negatively affect the higher-order thinking of coral reef fish, making them more vulnerable to predators and less able to find a livable habitat, new research suggests.

Fruit flies use a ‘map’ to avoid the heat

Researchers have created a visualization of how fruit flies sense and process temperature and humidity with a “sensory map” in their brains.

How treating brittle bones prevents gum disease

Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to a new study that looked at the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women.

Drug combo could repair fetal alcohol damage

Two drugs may erase the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when given after birth, according to new research with mice.

Yoga rivals P.T. for chronic low back pain

Yoga is as effective as physical therapy to treat mild to moderate chronic low back pain, research finds, including for some underserved patients with more severe functional disability.

Aging oilfields pollute more and produce less

As the world’s largest oilfields age, the power required to keep them operating can rise dramatically even as the amount of petroleum they produce drops, a new study suggests.

Clipping cartilage after knee surgery doesn’t help

Medical doctors have discovered that clipping or removing loose cartilage after knee surgery for meniscal tears—one of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures—does not benefit the patient.

Does 1 supergene control sperm size and speed?

The shape, size, and swimming speed of sperm all depend on one supergene, according to new research with zebra finches.

Even gecko grip has its limits

While geckos have amazing adhesive strength, a new theoretical study finds that adhesion has its limits and geckos still experience falls.

Telling languages apart may begin in the womb

A month before birth, fetuses can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and in Japanese.

1 amino acid may give some whales teeth

Reserchers have found that a variation in a single amino acid in a key receptor in whales may explain why some species are sleek hunters (like orcas) while others are gargantuan filter feeders (like humpbacks).

Odd grains like einkorn are making a comeback

Just a few kinds of white and wheat flour dominated the markets for a century, but ancient and heritage varieties of wheat are making a comeback.

Dolphins inspire potential treatment for trauma

A potentially life-saving method to help raise blood pressure in trauma victims experiencing blood loss gets its inspiration from dolphins and seals.

Watch new rescue robot grow and twist like a vine

Inspired by natural organisms—such as vines, fungi, and nerve cells—that cover distance by growing, mechanical engineers have created a new type of soft robot that can extend itself like a fast-moving vine.

You probably can’t tell how much fat is in ice cream

A team of food scientists has found that most people can’t tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.

These viruses may skew children’s odds of diabetes

Viruses in the intestines may affect a person’s chance of developing type 1 diabetes, report researchers.

Could apes ever learn to speak like people?

War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest movie in the enduring Planet of the Apes franchise, took the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend and is one of the biggest films of the summer.