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Library of Spider Silk Could Hold Secrets for New Materials

Library of Spider Silk Could Hold Secrets for New Materials

| By Jeremy Rehm | Aug 17
A scientist at New York City's American Museum of Natural History is creating a sort of "silk library" that could be the key to designing newer and better materials.

From Tusks to Tails, Nations Eye Trade in Endangered Species

From Tusks to Tails, Nations Eye Trade in Endangered Species

| By Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng | Aug 17
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction.

Virgin Galactic Reveals Futuristic Outpost for Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic Reveals Futuristic Outpost for Space Tourism

| By Susan Montoya Bryan | Aug 16
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

A Neuroscience-Based Action Plan to Deal with Stress After El Paso and Dayton Shootings

A Neuroscience-Based Action Plan to Deal with Stress After El Paso and Dayton Shootings

| By Laurel Mellin, University of California, San Francisco | Aug 16
From a neuroscience perspective, our response to daily stress is a function of brain circuits. When you feel overwhelmed, lost, numb, depressed or in a panic, that is usually caused by the activation of toxic stress circuits.

Data: Anti-LGBTQ Protests Drive Spike in Hate Crimes, Bullying

Data: Anti-LGBTQ Protests Drive Spike in Hate Crimes, Bullying

| By Kilian Melloy | Aug 14
Information analyzed by a major UK newspaper indicates that communities where schools were targeted by anti-LGBTQ protests prompted major spikes in hate crimes and harassment in and out of the schools.

Fighting Fire with Fire Underused in U.S. West Despite Goals

Fighting Fire with Fire Underused in U.S. West Despite Goals

| By Brian Melley | Aug 14
The tactic is considered one of the best ways to prevent the kind of catastrophic destruction that has become common from wildfires, but its use falls woefully short of goals in the U.S.

Study: Asian Carp Could Find Plenty of Food in Lake Michigan

Study: Asian Carp Could Find Plenty of Food in Lake Michigan

| By John Flesher | Aug 13
Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday.

'Climate Grief': Fears About The Planet's Future Weigh On Americans' Mental Health

'Climate Grief': Fears About The Planet's Future Weigh On Americans' Mental Health

| By Victoria Knight | Aug 12
Although it is not an official clinical diagnosis, the psychiatric and psychological communities have names for the phenomenon: "climate distress," "climate grief," "climate anxiety" or "eco-anxiety."

UN Climate Report: Change Land Use to Avoid A Hungry Future

UN Climate Report: Change Land Use to Avoid A Hungry Future

| By Seth Borenstein | Aug 11
The way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.

First Tracked Mountain Lion Crosses Los Angeles Freeway

First Tracked Mountain Lion Crosses Los Angeles Freeway

| Aug 11
Officials say for the first time during a 17-year study of mountain lions, one of the big cats has been documented crossing Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.

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