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  1. a handful of invasive Asian jumping worms
    Environment

    Invasive jumping worms damage U.S. soil and threaten forests

    Also known as snake worms, these writhing wrigglers turn forest leaf litter into bare ground, changing soil composition and ecosystems as they go.

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  2. San Francisco Bay bridge smoky skyline
    Environment

    What we know and don’t know about wildfire smoke’s health risks

    As wildfires become more frequent and severe in California, Oregon and throughout the West Coast, concerns rise about harmful air pollution.

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  3. tobacco hawkmoth drinking from a plant
    Environment

    This moth may outsmart smog by learning to like pollution-altered aromas

    In the lab, scientists taught tobacco hawkmoths that a scent changed by ozone is from a favorite flower.

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  4. Typhoon Kammuri
    Earth

    Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster

    Meteorologists are pushing to make forecasts good enough to fill the gap between short-term and seasonal.

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  5. Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
    Climate

    Emissions dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic. The climate impact won’t last

    New estimates suggest coronavirus shutdowns cut global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels by nearly 30 percent, on average.

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  6. Mussels in a yellow bag
    Ecosystems

    To save Appalachia’s endangered mussels, scientists hatched a bold plan

    Biologists have just begun to learn whether their bold plan worked to save the golden riffleshell, a freshwater mussel teetering on the brink of extinction.

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  7. Detroit residents protesting air pollution
    Health & Medicine

    Many U.S. neighborhoods with the worst air 40 years ago remain the most polluted

    Air pollution has declined in the United States, but marginalized communities are still disproportionately affected despite the improvement.

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  8. Bacteria that eat manganese
    Microbes

    Scientists stumbled across the first known manganese-fueled bacteria

    A jar left soaking in an office sink helped scientists answer a century-old question of whether bacteria can use manganese for energy.

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  9. Methane in earth's atmosphere illustration
    Earth

    Agriculture and fossil fuels are driving record-high methane emissions

    Releases of the heat-trapping gas methane from human activities have ramped up in the 21st century, especially in Africa and Asia.

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