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  1. sewage runoff pours out of a drainpipe
    Environment

    50 years ago, chemical pollutants were linked to odd animal behavior

    Fifty years after studies hinted that pollution interferes with how aquatic creatures communicate, scientists are still unraveling its myriad effects.

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  2. clouds in sky filled with smoke
    Earth

    Clouds affected by wildfire smoke may produce less rain

    As wildfires become more frequent in the western United States, these low-rain clouds could exacerbate drought, fueling more fires.

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  3. plants in boxes in a large greenhouse
    Agriculture

    Cold plasma could transform the sustainable farms of the future

    Physicists have been working on ways to use the power of plasma to boost plant growth and kill pathogens.

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  4. pictogram showing an earthquake and warriors in a river
    Earth

    This pictogram is one of the oldest known accounts of earthquakes in the Americas

    The Telleriano-Remensis, a famous codex written by a pre-Hispanic civilization, describes 12 quakes that rocked the Americas from 1460 to 1542.

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  5. cars stranded on a flooded out highway
    Climate

    Climate change made Europe’s flash floods in July more likely

    The deadly July floods in Belgium and Germany bear the fingerprints of human-caused climate change, scientists say.

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  6. people climb over building rubble in Les Cayes
    Earth

    Haiti’s citizen seismologists helped track its devastating quake in real time

    Two scientists explain how citizen scientists and their work could help provide a better understanding of Haiti’s seismic hazards.

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  7. grid of window air conditioning units outside a Manhattan building
    Science & Society

    How extreme heat from climate change distorts human behavior

    As temperatures rise, violence and aggression go up while focus and productivity decline. The well off can escape to cool spaces; the poor cannot.

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  8. a row of windmills in Taiwan
    Physics

    Windbreaks, surprisingly, could help wind farms boost power output

    Wind farm performance could be improved by 10 percent by using low barriers to increase the wind speed directed at the turbines, simulations suggest.

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  9. people riding in a backhoe amid flooding in China
    Climate

    The new UN climate change report shows there’s no time for denial or delay

    Human-caused climate change is unequivocally behind extreme weather events from heat waves to floods to droughts, a massive new assessment concludes.

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