Science Stats

  1. natural gas burn, radiating heat
    Climate

    Greenhouse effect from fossil fuels felt almost immediately

    The warming caused by burning fossil fuels is surpassed within months by the greenhouse gas effect of the released carbon dioxide, new research shows.

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  2. tattoo
    Health & Medicine

    One in 10 people with tattoos experience rashes, scarring or other problems

    Tattoos carry risk of long-term rash; red ink may be most irritating color.

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  3. Twins
    Genetics

    Genes and environment balance each other

    Genes and environment have equal influence on human traits.

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  4. gene stats
    Genetics

    A billion years of evolution doesn’t change some genes

    Human genes can substitute for 47 percent of essential genes in baker’s yeast, new research shows.

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  5. Amazon rainforest
    Ecosystems

    Just 1 percent of Amazon’s trees hold half of its carbon

    Roughly 1 percent of tree species in the Amazon rainforest account for half of the jungle’s carbon storage.

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  6. Money from sewage illustrated
    Environment

    Stinkin’ rich

    Researchers work out the hidden value of sewage sludge.

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  7. Hurrican Wilma in Florida
    Climate

    Onshore hurricanes in a slump

    No major hurricanes have made landfall in the United States for over nine years. That’s a rare occurrence, new research shows.

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  8. Southwest Airplane
    Climate

    Winter storms 24 times as deadly as estimated

    By ignoring car and plane crashes related to bad weather, U.S. tallies of winter storm deadliness severely underestimate hazard.

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  9. Lepilemur hubbardorum
    Animals

    Lemurs expected to lose much of their ranges this century

    As the climate warms, Madagascar’s little primates will lose habitat, threatening some with extinction.

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  10. Disneyland crowd
    Health & Medicine

    Community protection against measles jeopardized

    ‘Herd immunity’ to measles may be threatened by low vaccination rates in some parts of the United States.

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  11. Employment graph
    Science & Society

    U.S. research workforce lags by some measures

    Scientists’ share of total employment is lower in United States than in 16 other countries.

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  12. graph on decline
    Ecosystems

    Bee losses followed World Wars

    British historical records show a century-long decline of important pollinators: bees and some wasps.

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