Science Stats

  1. man holding vaping liquid
    Health & Medicine

    With easy e-cig access, teen vaping soars

    The vast majority of U.S. states ban sales or distribution of e-cigarette products to minors. Still, it’s no sweat for teens to buy them online.

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  2. tiger
    Life

    New habitat monitoring tools find hope for tigers

    Free tools such Google Earth Engine and Global Forest Watch show there’s still enough forest left for tigers — if it’s protected.

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  3. obesity graph
    Health & Medicine

    Global obesity rates continue to climb

    Despite public health campaigns, the worldwide prevalence of obesity is on the rise, an analysis of BMI data suggest.

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  4. Life expectancy graph
    Health & Medicine

    Three big reasons why U.S. men have a shorter life expectancy

    U.S. men’s lives are two years shorter than men in other rich countries for three reasons: guns, drugs and cars.

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  5. cigarette butt
    Health & Medicine

    There’s more than one way to quit smoking

    Three therapies to quit smoking are all about equally effective in the long term, a new study finds.

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  6. Fireworks
    Climate

    Fireworks brighten the sky but dampen the view

    Fireworks and other pyrotechnics severely reduce visibility during celebrations such as New Year’s Eve and Guy Fawkes Day, researchers report.

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  7. rice fields
    Earth

    Humankind’s water use greater than thought

    Humans’ global water footprint increases when accounting for water losses from water management practices.

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  8. trees in the Amazon
    Life

    Many Amazon trees endangered

    Large numbers of Amazon tree species are threatened by deforestation.

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  9. arid drylands
    Earth

    Parched parts of Earth expanding

    More drylands, largely impacting developing nations, are forecasted for near future.

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  10. a herd of elephants
    Health & Medicine

    Elephants’ cancer-protection secret may be in the genes

    An extra dose of cancer-fighting genes may be the secret to elephants’ long life spans.

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  11. kissing couple
    Health & Medicine

    Having sex doesn’t trigger heart attacks, study suggests

    Sex doesn’t trigger heart attacks, study of patients with cardiovascular disease suggests.

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  12. Street after a hurricane
    Climate

    Hurricane reports ignore indirect deaths

    Nearly half of all hurricane and tropical storm fatalities are indirect, yet they typically aren’t included in official storm reports.

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