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Ignoring Noise Pollution Harms Public Health

In 1972, Congress passed the Noise Control Act, which directed the EPA to protect the public from noise pollution. But in the decades since, the EPA hasn’t fulfilled that obligation. Health reporter Joanne Silberner explains the consequences and how…


The Promise of Precision Agriculture Is Slowly Coming to Fruition

Precision agriculture has long promised to provide more granular data — and new technology to use it — for farmers facing pressure to increase yields while being more environmentally friendly. It’s had some successes, but some of the loftiest…


A Biologist, a Blog, and a Mosquito Control Dispute

A category of pesticides that are exempt from EPA oversight allows for iffy products to thrive. But AC2T, which is based in Mississippi, may be unique in the lengths it has taken to bring its mosquito control products to market in the U.S.


Why AlphaFold 3 Needs to Be Open Source

DeepMind released AlphaFold 3, a powerful new version of its AI-driven model for predicting protein structures, biomolecular interactions, and more. But it did so without making the software’s code openly available to researchers. One computer…


Could ‘Science Courts’ Help Build Public Trust?

In the U.S., surveys have shown that public trust in science dropped significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some scientists propose that holding science courts — where citizen juries listen to relevant topics debated in a courtroom setting —…


Indigenous Forest Gardens Help Bolster Land Rights Arguments

For one First Nation, the Nuchatlaht First Nation, researchers’ work regarding forest gardens is being used to support a legal land claim against the province of British Columbia and the Attorney General of Canada before the British Columbia Supreme…


Testing the Waters: Scotland Surges Ahead on Ocean Power

There is no question that the planet’s oceans contain enormous amounts of energy. But can that energy be harnessed economically — or is the idea of pulling watts from the water doomed to be a sideshow in the quest for green energy? In Scotland,…


Protecting the Darkness in Chile’s Atacama Desert

The Atacama boasts high altitudes and clear skies, making it a haven for stargazing. And by 2030, Chile will be home to almost 70 percent of the world’s astronomical infrastructure. Light pollution, though, threatens frontier research. Can a…


As Farmers Face a Warmer Future, an Ancient Grain Shows Promise

The United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millets, which are a type of small grain mostly grown in parts of Asia and Africa. The highly resilient and cost-friendly grains could become a useful crop for the Midwest in the midst…


In Brazil’s Favelas, Green Roofs Might Help Relieve the Heat

Low-income neighborhoods are more likely to face extreme heat — and its negative health effects. One nonprofit in Rio de Janeiro teamed up with researchers to adapt green roof technology for their overlooked neighborhood. Could it offer a model for…


Why Singapore Is Breeding Millions of Mosquitoes

Dengue is a common scourge in Singapore. To slow the spread, a government lab infects mosquitoes with a bacterium called Wolbachia. When the males mate with wild females, the eggs don’t hatch. So far, this effort has helped suppress wild insect…


Experts Debate the Risks of Made-to-Order DNA

The U.S. imposes few security regulations on synthetic DNA providers. It’s perfectly legal to make a batch of Ebola or smallpox genes and ship it to a U.S. address, no questions asked. Whether that’s a serious cause for alarm, however, is under…


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