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Most Humpback Whales Taken Off Endangered Species List

The National Marine Fisheries Service says nine of the 14 distinct populations of humpback whales have recovered enough that they no longer need to be considered endangered.

Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues

Has the social media site been good for our mental health or not? The evidence isn't straightforward, researchers say, despite lots of study. How Facebook makes you feel may depend on how you use it.
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Environmental Outlook: The Global Seed Vault

Scientists estimate that food production will need to increase by 50 percent by mid-century to keep pace with population growth and development. How a global seed vault can safeguard against food extinction.


Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

Researchers find that one reason some people cheat over and over again is because we all tend to suffer from "unethical amnesia" — our minds are prone to forgetting the bad stuff we've done.

Why The Discovery Of An Earth-Like Planet Is Such A Big Deal

Last month, astronomers announced they found a planet that is four light years away. This is huge news, and we need to pay attention.

Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury Is Announced On His Birthday

The celestial body was discovered in the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated to the singer in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, his bandmate Brian May announced.

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged

For decades, a rare disease crawled across Papua New Guinea. When scientists realized what was behind kuru, it caught everyone by surprise. But similar diseases can still be transmitted through food.

The Perils of Power

We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.

Scientists Explore Purple Microbial Mats In The Depths Of Lake Huron

Researchers from around the world are visiting Lake Huron to look at purple mats deep below the water's surface. They believe these mats could explain how the Earth's oxygen rich air developed 2.4 billion years ago.

For Lizards, Climate Change Is A Deadly — And Complex — Threat

Scientists knew that lizards, which bask in the sun for warmth, are vulnerable to climate change. A new study suggests the hazards are more complicated, and possibly worse, than previously believed.