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The prehistoric animals could diffuse the Arctic’s ticking carbon bomb

A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on November 26, 2014 in Billingshurst, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

On a warm afternoon in the northeastern Siberian region of Yakutia, farther north than most humans care to live, Sergey Zimov stood below an eroding mudbank along the Kolyma River. …


Doing so may be the only chance of ending the pandemic

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On one side are the leaders of 57 nations, the Pope, and a coalition of nursing unions all over the world. On the other are the executives of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical corporations. …


Reengineering Life

The resulting crop could be more sustainable than current varieties

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Thanks to selective breeding over the course of some 9,000 years, humans were able to transform an ancient wild grass with dinky cobs and a handful…


Reengineering Life

The research reignites a debate over embryo research

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Under a microscope, the little balls of cells look like five-day-old human embryos, known as blastocysts. They’re similar in size, shape, and structure. They even have…


Researchers translating the papers uncovered accounts of extreme weather that struck the islands in the past

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There were once more than 100 native language newspapers in circulation in Hawaii that chronicled daily life on the islands. As early as 1834, the newspapers supplied native Hawaiians with news, current affairs, opinion, and, importantly, information about extreme weather events.

In 1871, an intense hurricane struck the islands of…


It’s time to take steps to avoid the antibiotic apocalypse

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Five years ago, researchers at Harvard Medical School released a video of an experiment, revealing how easy it is for bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

The team constructed a large petri dish for growing bacteria and separated it into distinct bands. Across the dish, the bands contained progressively higher…


Reengineering Life

A gene therapy injection eliminated pain in mice

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

In 2006, scientists described the curious case of a Pakistani boy who seemed immune to pain. …


Words of Warming

It’s receiving investment from some of the most powerful names in oil, gas, and technology

Words of Warming is a new series from Future Human defining the language of climate change and environmental and climate justice.

Definition of carbon capture and sequestration

1: a group of technologies aimed at removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in deep underground rock formations called…


Author Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, argues that it’s time to decolonize science

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We often see science as the pinnacle of objectivity — a disinterested, mechanical practice built on empirical observation and above more subjective ways of understanding our world and what lies beyond it.

Too often, we forget the social and cultural questions embedded in the history of science: Who gets to…


A solution to the uphill battle to meet the world’s energy needs

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The world is facing a stored energy shortage. According to the International Energy Agency, the world needs to produce 10,000 gigawatt-hours of batteries and other forms of energy storage by 2040 — that’s a 50-fold increase on today’s current output — or risk being unable to capture much of the…

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