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Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Within the next 10 years, Africa could lose 100,000 elephantsa fifth of the populationto poachers if the slaughter for their ivory tusks continues at current rates, according to a new analysis...

December 12, 2013 — Kate Wong
Tornadoes May Be Getting Strongeror Not

Tornadoes May Be Getting Strongeror Not

Sometimes scientists cant help themselves from showing dramatic curves, even though they have so many caveats that no firm conclusions can be made from the data.

December 11, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Are Genes Really Selfish? [Video]

Are Genes Really Selfish? [Video]

Biologist Richard Dawkins coined the phrase “the selfish gene” with his best-selling book of the same name. “Selfish”, however, was perhaps an unfortunate word choice because genes lack their own will and can actually drive altruistic behavior...

December 10, 2013 — Eric R. Olson
Found: The Coldest Place on Earth

Found: The Coldest Place on Earth

The record had stood for nearly 30 years: minus 128.6 degrees F (-89.2 C), recorded a few meters above the ground at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica.

December 10, 2013 — Mark Fischetti

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