Science Stats

  1. woman visiting grave
    Health & Medicine

    Blame opioids for a fifth of young adult deaths in the United States

    Of young adults aged 25 to 34 who died in 2016, 20 percent of those deaths were opioid-related.

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  2. Climate

    Globetrotting tourists are leaving a giant carbon footprint on the Earth

    Globetrotters are responsible for about 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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  3. opioid
    Health & Medicine

    Synthetic opioids involved in more deaths than prescription opioids

    Winning a ghastly contest, synthetic opioids become most common drug involved in U.S. overdose deaths, bypassing prescription opioids in 2016.

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  4. kelp forest
    Oceans

    Ocean heat waves are becoming more common and lasting longer

    Over the last 100 years, the world’s oceans have sweltered through a rising number of heat waves.

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  5. fishing net washed ashore
    Environment

    The great Pacific garbage patch may be 16 times as massive as we thought

    The giant garbage patch between Hawaii and California weighs at least 79,000 tons, a new estimate suggests.

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  6. Earth

    By 2100, damaged corals may let waves twice as tall as today’s reach coasts

    Structurally complex coral reefs can defend coasts against waves, even as sea levels rise.

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  7. rhesus macaque
    Health & Medicine

    Global Virome Project is hunting for more than 1 million unknown viruses

    Scientists are searching for viruses lurking in animals that could threaten human health.

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  8. algal bloom
    Ecosystems

    Humans are overloading the world’s freshwater bodies with phosphorus

    Human activities are driving phosphorus levels in the world’s lakes and other freshwater bodies to a critical point.

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  9. injured soccer player
    Health & Medicine

    About 1 in 5 teens has had a concussion

    Almost 20 percent of U.S. teens have had at least one diagnosed concussion in the past, an analysis of a 2016 national survey finds.

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  10. Shanghai in October 2015
    Environment

    Air pollution takes a toll on solar energy

    Dust and other tiny air pollutants can reduce solar energy output by as much as 25 percent in parts of the world.

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  11. opioids
    Health & Medicine

    One in three U.S. adults takes opioids, and many misuse them

    More than a third of U.S. adults used prescription opioids in 2015, and nearly 13 percent of that group misused the painkillers in some way.

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  12. open baobab forest in Senegal
    Ecosystems

    Earth’s dry zones support a surprising number of trees

    A Google Earth-based estimate of dryland forests adds serious leafage to Earth’s total tree count.

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