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A Running List of Action on Plastic Pollution

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Are Plastic Six-Pack Rings Still Ensnaring Wildlife?

In partnership with the National Geographic Society. This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge. Much like the plastic straw, six-pack rings are often seen as enemies of the…

Super Typhoon Mangkhut’s Chaos in 13 Dramatic Pictures

Since super typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines early Saturday morning, it has caused extensive damage and killed at least 66 people, with many of the deaths caused by landslides. The storm is now making its way across mainland China after pummeling Hong Kong, forcing nearly three million people to be moved to safety. After making…

Why Hurricane Florence Was Such a Dangerous Storm

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Dear Cassini: Why the Saturn Spacecraft Brings Me to Tears

This is the first entry in our “Dear Spacecraft” series, where we ask writers, scientists, and astronomy enthusiasts to share why they feel personally connected to robotic space explorers. Dear Cassini, The day you left us, nearly a year ago now, was bittersweet. I knew there was an end date—that 13 years at Saturn was…

New Bird Dances to Its Own Beat, and More Amazing Discoveries

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Where to Swim With the Sea Creatures That Inspired Mermaids

A lesser known cousin of the manatee, the dugong (Malay for “lady of the sea”) is said to have inspired ancient mermaid legends. “Seeing dugongs in the wild is an extremely special experience,” says environmental scientist Erina Molina, who got hooked on life under the sea when she snorkeled for the first time at age…

Surreal Photos of Life in a Mystical ‘Moonland’

This photographer documents the many contrasts in the remote region of Ladakh, India.Photograph by Yuri AndriesRead CaptionA Buddha statue looks over Ladakh, India.Photograph by Yuri AndriesThis photographer documents the many contrasts in the remote region of Ladakh, India.Photographs by Yuri Andries In a far-flung corner of northern India, the region of Ladakh envelops a mystical…

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