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Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

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It’s well established that chronic exposure to high ozone levels is a serious threat to human health, exacerbating heart and lung problems such as asthma and emphysema, and causing decreased birth weights. One study found that more than 1 million premature deaths are caused globally each year by high levels of ozone. Research also shows […]

To Help People With Long Covid, Scientists Need to Define It

Almost from the beginning of the Covid pandemic, reports have accumulated of persistent, weird, disabling symptoms in survivors, a syndrome that’s come to be known as long Covid. The complex of fatigue, confusion, heart arrhythmias, gut disorders, and other problems—which may persist months after an infection begins, or arise months after it seems to have […]

A Huge Subterranean ‘Tree’ Is Moving Magma to Earth’s Surface

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Combining the data from the giant array with additional seismic data sets proved instrumental, as it allowed the team to precisely resolve an entire swath of the mantle, from its greatest depths to its highest reaches. “In terms of the seismology, it is a step forward,” said Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, a geophysicist at the University of […]

Glowing Worms Could Shed Light On the Secrets of Regeneration

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In 1961, Osamu Shimomura and Frank Johnson isolated a protein from jellyfish that glow green under UV light. Corals, too, can fluoresce in a wide range of hues, thanks to similar proteins. Now scientists at Harvard University have genetically modified the three-banded panther worm to enable the creature to emit a similar green glow, according to a new […]

Shots for Kids Get Closer, US Strategy Evolves, and More Coronavirus News 

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Shots for kids near approval, more vaccine mandates go into effect, and US pandemic strategy evolves. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines Pfizer and BioNTech ask the FDA to approve shots for younger kids Yesterday Pfizer-BioNTech asked the FDA to issue an […]

Lidar Uncovers Hundreds of Lost Maya and Olmec Ruins

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An airborne lidar survey recently revealed hundreds of long-lost Maya and Olmec ceremonial sites in southern Mexico. The 32,800-square-mile area was surveyed by the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geográfia, which made the data public. When University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata and his colleagues examined the area, which spans the Olmec heartland along the […]

The Guide for the Next Decade of Space Research Just Dropped

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Who pays for the United States’ astronomy and astrophysics projects—our collective staring into the void, seeking cosmic answers? Well, we all do, via taxes, which the government decides how to divvy up via an annual appropriations budget. But how does NASA decide to use the funds it’s given—around $23 billion in 2021? For its scientific […]

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

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Tropical cyclones like Hurricane Ida can cause severe flooding, producing disruptions, damage, and loss of life. Like many other types of weather, tropical cyclones and hurricanes on the US East Coast have become more extreme over the past several decades. Although there is some controversy over the extent of the increase in intensity, there is […]

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WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. The breakthroughs and innovations that we uncover lead to new ways of […]

New Booster Approvals, Data on Kids’ Shots, and More Coronavirus News

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More boosters are approved, kids’ shots prove effective, and more countries open up. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines The FDA and CDC approve Moderna and J&J boosters Yesterday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed boosters for eligible people […]