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Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Off of Antarctic Shelf, Prompting (Even More) Discussion About Climate Change

A massive chunk of ice just broke off of one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica. The chunk is roughly the size of Delaware (or twice the size of Luxembourg), and weighs about a trillion tons.

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Stephen Hawking Warns of “Irreversible” Climate Damage After Trump Pulls out of the Paris Agreement

It was pretty easy to see that pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change was a boneheaded move when the only other nations not involved were out for unrelated reasons or because they didn't think it was strict enough. But Trump's promises being bad ideas has never stopped him from keeping them before, and he pulled the U.S. out of the agreement to the dismay of people around the world—including Stephen Hawking.

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So You Think You Can Live on Mars? Prepare to Have Your Fantasies Shattered

"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"

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Body Vibes Sorry for Fake NASA Claims, Not Sorry for Bogus Healing Stickers in General

Stickers, heal thyselves.

Some people at NASA got wind of a company selling magical healing stickers—sorry, "smart stickers" that are "programmed" to promote healing but are actually just stickers and not magic or programmed at all—and they were less than impressed by claims that related to the space agency. The company has now apologized for that bit of fakery, but not the rest of it.

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Forensic Dogs Might Be the Key to Finding Amelia Earhart’s Remains

A new expedition organized by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will fly to Nikumaroro with four forensic border collies on June 24th.

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An Animated Lesson on the Genius of Marie Skłodowska Curie

In a new TED-Ed animated lesson, Shohini Ghose takes us through Marie Skłodowska Curie’s great achievements and the impact of her revolutionary discoveries.

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Attendee Shames Mostly-Male Science Panel For Mansplaining to Female Theoretical Physicist

First, let's look at the image above of a panel on "Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology" which was held at the World Science Festival at John Jay College in New York City this weekend. On this seven-person panel, only one is a woman, the literal odd person out. One gets the feeling they had a six-person panel, realized there were no women, then rushed to find one. This is the scientific community, Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson to Receive Stephen Hawking Medal, Because He’s Awesome at Communicating Science

As a scientist, it must be awesome when a world-renowned theoretical physicist (and cosmologist) publicly commends you on the work you do. Neil deGrasse Tyson is feeling those feels today, now that it's been announced that he's getting a prestigious award from none other than Stephen Hawking.

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Mike Pence Claims Climate Change Is Only an Issue For “The Left,” Is Just Totally Phoning It in Now

Mike Pence, our theocrat-in-waiting Vice President and a man I now call "the Spanish Inquisition," went on Fox & Friends in the face of international outcry about Trump's Paris Accords decision. He whinged that climate change was only a problem for the left, since apparently the right wing lives on another planet. Can we go there once this planet is ruined?

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Mayor of Pittsburgh, Entire World Dunks on Trump’s Climate Agreement Withdrawal

Symptoms of withdrawal: endless snark.

Yesterday, Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a move that doesn't make a whole lot of sense from any angle except the one of keeping boneheaded campaign promises. Then, he chose to back himself up by claiming he was representing the American people, but unlike his normal vague assurances that he represents them, he named a specific city, and that ... did not go well for him.

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Scientists Created an Artificial Womb, and Also Maybe the Singularity Is Near

Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fashioned a plastic artificial womb that has successfully kept a premature baby lamb alive for four weeks. It has the potential to do a whole lot more.

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Ocean Explorers Explain Why Going Into the Deep Sea Benefits Us All

Pioneers in ocean exploration Robert Ballard and Sylvia Earle talk about why it's essential that we pay attention to oceanography at this critical moment.

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These Women in Science Deserve Their Own Biopics, Feat. Suggestions From Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sylvia Earle, and More

Hollywood, are you taking notes?

We asked different Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sylvia Earle and other National Geographic scientists what women in science we should know about. While Marie Curie was a popular answer, we also learned some new names.

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Bill Nye Called Out CNN for Giving Climate Change Denial A Platform on Earth Day

Bill Nye was invited to speak on CNN's New Day Saturday program for Earth Day, and he was exasperated that CNN also invited a climate change denier. Nye said, "Much as I love the CNN, you're doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Drops the Mic on the Problem of Science Denial in America

We live in a time of bizarrely prevalent denial of objective truth, and nowhere is that more easily visible than in the world of science. That's bad for everyone, even the people who are staunchest in their disbelief, because scientific truths are true whether people believe in them or not. Naturally, recognizable science advocates like Neil deGrasse Tyson have some things to say about that.

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Monday Cute: MIT Students Research Stress-Relieving Effects of Puppies in “Puppy Lab”

Get it? Puppy lab!

I feel like every college in America could really benefit from a program like MIT's Puppy Lab.

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Al Gore Will Host Previously-Canceled Climate Change Summit, Saying, “Climate Shouldn’t Be a Political Issue”

The CDC canceled a climate change summit after Trump's inauguration, calling it a "strategic retreat." Now, Al Gore is ensuring the summit will happen anyway.

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Streisand Effect in Action: Rogue NASA Account Joins Ranks of Resistance Twitter

As the old saying goes, the revolution will not be televised. It seems, though, that the resistance may very well be tweeted.

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EPA Reportedly Ordered to Remove Climate Change Data While Under Gag Order

Yesterday, word got out that a few federal agencies had been instructed not to talk to the public or the media for the time being. Since then, the USDA has reversed course, but the Environmental Protection Agency is still silent, as it appears that they've been asked to remove climate change data from their website.

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Station Obama in the Antarctic Will Monitor Climate Change and Honor Obama

Station Obama, not to be confused with the Japanese Obama Station, is about to play a larger role in our fight against climate change.

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