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Past articles by Sara:

Gorillas like to scramble their brains by spinning around really fast

Some of our ape relatives also find ways to alter their state of mind—but instead of using drugs they just twirl around really quickly. → Read More

A stinky, 5,000-mile-long wad of seaweed is about to gunk up Florida’s beaches

Sargassum, a genus of large brown seaweed, is harmless in the open ocean. But when it creeps up on beaches, it can be a serious problem. → Read More

BP made $28 billion last year, and now it’s backtracking on its climate goals

BP, which doubled its profits to an all-time high of $28 billion, it backtracked on what were already somewhat dubious climate change goals. → Read More

A lost temple for Poseidon may have finally been rediscovered

The recently-discovered shrine was described 2,000 years ago by Strabos, and is located in a tsunami-prone coastal town. → Read More

Big, heavy vehicles are dangerous—and that goes for electric ones, too

The difference between EVs and their ICE counterparts was the focus of a keynote speech at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting. → Read More

Welcome back to Earth, Orion!

The Orion spacecraft just made its splashy return, after 25.5 historic days in space. → Read More

Why German scientists got cows stoned

If you give a cow hemp, expect some silly bovine behavior and TCH-laced milk. → Read More

FDA approves first drug that can delay onset of type 1 diabetes

The series of shots is for patients with stage 2 of type 1 diabetes, and may not work for all recipients. → Read More

European Union sets goal to block sales of gas-powered cars by 2035

The major step will cut new vehicle emissions by 100 percent by that time. → Read More

Stronger pollution protections mean focusing on specific communities

Targets specific locations is something that activists and experts have been pushing for in terms of pollution reduction. → Read More

Scenes of climate science at the edge of the Earth

In a frigid landscape, a group of dedicated scientists work to record stark signs of the climate crisis. → Read More

ART, the turtle robot, gets by swimmingly in water and on land

Scientists at Yale have looked at one of the world’s favorite creatures to master the art of robotic amphibiosity. → Read More

The US’s first utility-scale renewable energy triple threat is online in Oregon

The rare combination of solar, wind, and battery storage should hopefully soon be more common. → Read More

Twitter’s fact-checking service Birdwatch is headed for your feed

Only time will tell if contributor fact-checking comments are as helpful as they purport to be. → Read More

The US ban on hydrofluorocarbons is a climate game-changer

In a big climate policy step, the US finally signed a treaty to ban hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas source. → Read More

This dashing tropical sea slug just showed up in the UK

The slug, Babakina anadoni, is a nudibranch normally found in the warmer waters of coastal Spain or the Bahamas. → Read More

A hellish combination of topography, weather, and fuel stir the Oak Fire

Mariposa County, hardest hit by the fire, hasn't burned in a century. Thousands of residents have been evacuated. → Read More

We don’t have a full picture of the planet’s shrinking biodiversity. Here’s why.

Marginalized ecology experts are often forgotten when calculating biodiversity loss. This has a giant impact on conservation. → Read More

A historic heatwave is rippling through Europe

Wildfires plague the Iberian Peninsula and the UK has hit over 40 degrees Celsius for the first time ever during Europe's 2022 heat wave. → Read More

We're one key step closer to a buying lab-grown burgers

The discovery could be huge for bringing down the exorbitant costs of lab-created meat. But, the industry is still controversial. → Read More