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New study helps improve accuracy of future climate change predictions

New research has shone light on the impact of clouds on climate change. The study has raised serious doubts of the likely impact of...

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Comes naturally? Using stick insects, scientists explore natural selection, predictability

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Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy

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Injuries and loss of life boost religious faith after disasters

Weather-related disasters can make people more religious but it depends on the toll they inflict, suggests new research. If a disaster injures a significant...

Technology to screen for higher-yielding crop traits is now more accessible to scientists

To drive progress toward higher-yielding crops, a team is revolutionizing the ability to screen plants for key traits across an entire field.

In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted

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Coastal erosion in the Arctic intensifies global warming

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