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global leaders at Paris Agreement

UNFINISHED BUSINESS  Plans to curb climate change announced in advance of the December 2015 Paris Agreement aren’t nearly ambitious enough to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, new research shows.

Gun sounds

TAKING AIM  An aluminum arc holds 12 microphones for recording gunshot sounds. Robert Maher built the contraption to find out whether different kinds of guns make distinct sounds. Here, Maher’s colleague Steven Shaw prepares to shoot in a prairie in Bozeman. 

webcam shot of an osprey nest

A live web feed of an osprey nest like this one spawned outrage last year when the bird families began to fail. People often judge these animals based on human standards of behavior.  

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