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This Rare White Possum Could Soon Be a Ghostly Memory

A ghost lives in the Daintree Rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia. There, on a single mountain range located 1,100 meters above sea level, scientists have recently found what may be the last few white lemuroid ringtail possums (Hemibelideus lemuroides), a species that was all but wiped out by a heat wave in 2005...

September 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Dengue Fever Reemerges in Texas

Late last week Texas public health officials confirmed a new wave of dengue fever has cropped up in the southernmost tip of Texas, marking the first outbreak the state has seen since 2005...

November 18, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election

This year, I've been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on projects designed to create significant social impact and change...

April 13, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

If Climate Change Was Not Real...

... there would be a lot of other environmental issues to deal with. This is no big revelation, but it's a question I've been pondering recently: What is the state of the world, not counting climate change? Or rather, what if we managed to reduce CO2 emissions to necessary levels, what would our focus be on [...]..

June 27, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Science Merit Badges

Science Merit Badges

I was only in the Girl Scouts for a few years, but I really like the idea of merit badges: you do a task, master a skill, learn something new, and you get a physical token of your achievement to display on a sash...

July 11, 2014 — Katie McKissick

Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection

The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically about the San Bernardino flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus californicus), even though hundreds of papers about squirrels in general are published every year...

September 24, 2014 — John R. Platt

Now You Can "Hear" Climate Change [Video]

Want a visceral sense of how much temperatures around the Northern Hemisphere are deviating from average? Well, have a listen. University of Minnesota geography student and super cello player Daniel Crawford has composed a two-and-a-half minute piece for string quartet that let’s you hear the temperature change from 1880 to 2014...

May 21, 2015 — Mark Fischetti

How to Reduce Heat Wave Exposure among the Most Vulnerable

During extreme heat in India, the populations that were reported to perish in highest numbers were the very poor, elderly, outdoor laborers and homeless, likely with preexisting health problems and a lack of access to relief...

June 30, 2015 — Erica Zell, Natasha Sadoff and Stephanie Weber

Acid Maps Reveal Worst of Climate Change

Much of the change in climate change is happening to the ocean. It’s not just the extra heat hiding within the waves. The seven seas also absorb a big share of the carbon dioxide released by burning the fossilized sunshine known as coal, natural gas and oil...

November 20, 2014 — David Biello
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine