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11 Foods That Grow in Totally Unexpected Ways: Cashews, Baby Corn, Cinnamon

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How often do you pause to consider how the food on your table actually grows from the ground: What kind of plant does it come...




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    How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

    Falling gasoline prices have sparked a comeback among gas guzzlers, and the Obama administration wants to stop it in its tracks. The White House last... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 photo, abundant sunlight, no overcropping, and — most important — innate cold tolerance let this hardy kiwifruit vine breeze through winter unfazed by cold in New Paltz, N.Y. (Lee Reich via AP)

    Plants Fend Off Cold, to a Point

    Since they can’t don gloves and a scarf or shiver to keep warm, it’s a wonder that trees, vines and shrubs don’t freeze to death... Read more

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    Why Can’t We Predict When a Volcano Will Erupt?

    We started 2016 with a bang. Both Chile and Indonesia saw a clutch of volcanoes erupting after laying dormant for a decade or more. This... Read more

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    The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Wind and Solar Energy? High-Tech Power Lines

    Wind power and solar power are ways to reduce carbon emissions, but these generation sources are dependent on the vagaries of the weather, which means... Read more

  • View of a group of raccoon dogs or Tanuki (Nyctereutes procyonoides) at the Chapultpec Zoo in Mexico City on August 06, 2015. A month ago nine raccoon dog pups were born. This species is native from Japan and China, and the parents of the cubs were donated by Japan. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Where to See Tanuki? This Zoo Had a Litter of Tanuki Pups in 2015 (Photos)

    Nine rare raccoon dog pups were born at the Chapultpec Zoo in Mexico City in August 2015. The species Nyctereutes procyonoides, also known as tanuki, is... Read more

  • This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. (NOAA via AP)

    NASA: 2015 Was Earth’s Hottest by a Wide Margin

    WASHINGTON—Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic... Read more

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    5 Trends That Will Define the World’s Forests in 2016

    The past year has been a momentous time for the world’s forests, with both good and bad news. Fasten your seat belts, because 2016 promises... Read more

  • A man walks on a snow covered field in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 18, 2016. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    New Study Explains Why You Probably Shouldn’t Eat Snow

    Air pollutants cause millions of premature deaths each year around the world. As a result, scientists spend a lot of time studying how it interacts... Read more

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    Six Energy Records Britain Broke Last Year

    Not only was December 2015 the U.K.’s wettest month on record, but it was also exceptionally stormy. Bad news for many, but great news for... Read more

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    Study Says Global Warming Could Postpone Next Ice Age by 50,000 Years

    Carbon emissions generated by humans appear to be pushing the world’s next Ice Age further into the future, according to a new study in the... Read more

  • Hurricane Alex is seen in the Atlantic after being upgraded from a storm on Jan. 14, 2016. Alex is the first named storm to form in the Atlantic in January since 1978, the first January-born hurricane since 1938, and just the fourth known storm to arrive in the month since records began in 1851. This image was taken by GOES East at 1445Z. (NOAA via Getty Images)

    1st January Hurricane Since 1955 Forms in Atlantic, Threatens Azores

    MIAMI—A rare January hurricane formed far out in the Atlantic on Thursday, and U.S. officials said it was the first hurricane to form in the month of January... Read more

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    Changes to Our Rivers and Floodplains Have Exacerbated Flooding

    The recent and ongoing flooding of urban areas in northern England and the Scottish borders has in part been caused by unprecedented rates of rainfall... Read more

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    The Paris Agreement: The First Local Global Environmental Pact

    Nearly 200 national governments have committed to make cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in an ambitious global deal. But the task will in many ways... Read more

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    Revealed: How Giant Icebergs Breathe Life Into Remote Oceans

    As giant icebergs bob across the open seas they leave behind a trail of nutrient-rich meltwater, sparking new life in the world’s remotest and least... Read more

  • A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    More Than 600 Turtles Rescued From Cold Waters Off Coast of North Carolina

    A sharp drop in the temperature of the water off the coast of North Carolina sent hundreds of sea turtles into a state of shock,... Read more

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    Cold Climate Greeted Vikings in Greenland

    A new study questions the popular notion that 10th-century Norse people (Vikings) were able to colonize Greenland because of a period of unusually warm weather... Read more


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