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Air pollution at home could lower kids’ GPAs

In a study of almost 2,000 kids in El Paso, Texas, researchers found a strong correlation between air pollution and academic performance.

Business & Technology

Musk’s new Tesla gets extra credit in respected auto test

The Model S P85D scored a logically impossible 103 out of 100 in a Consumer Reports evaluation.

Science

Scientists try to replicate climate denier findings and fail

Peer-reviewed studies that support skeptic talking points contain questionable physics and shoddy analysis.

Climate & Energy

Famous folks call for noisy climate activism ahead of Paris talks

Naomi Klein, Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, and others demand mass civil climate action.

Climate & Energy

A Hawaiian clean energy plant makes electricity from seawater and ammonia

Our oceans hold a lot of unharnessed energy. Here's one way to capture it.

Science

We’re killing off all the animals and they are making it really difficult for us to save them

Scientists want to artificially inseminate endangered species, but that's easier said than done.

Science

We’re making massive waste islands in the sea

A new NASA visualization shows how trash accumulates in oceanic garbage patches.

Climate & Energy

Lifting the crude oil export ban would be terrible for the climate

Congress may vote as soon as next month on whether to lift the ban, which has been in place since 1975.

Science

Scientists say we’re “super” good at killing stuff

Compared to other predators, humans are like ruthless hunting machines.