In the 70 years that plastic has been around, humans have created 9 billion tons of it -- most of which still exists. Are the existing strategies for tackling plastic pollution -- namely reusing and recycling -- really making any…
By Amna Nawaz, Lorna Baldwin
Around the world, waves of plastic are washing ashore and clogging landfills. Even though plastic pollution is now one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals, our appetite for the virtually indestructible material keeps growing. Amna Nawaz and…
By Jamie Leventhal
Humans produce 420 million tons of plastic annually, most of which lands in the environment. With these two innovations, plastic could have a useful second life.
By PBS NewsHour
Microplastics -- tiny fragments of plastic contained in microbeads and microfibers of everyday household products -- have infiltrated the landscape, oceans and living organisms. By studying microplastics, scientists hope to better understand their impact and how to limit their damage.
By Helen Branswell, STAT
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have infected more than 100 people and that have been linked to pet store puppies appear to have spread at least in part because healthy dogs were given antibiotics — a decision that all but surely fostered…
Scientists debunk four myths about teenage brains, sexual aggression and what we remember about assault.
By Jamie Leventhal
Two scientists drugged some cephalopods and were surprised to find that their reactions to MDMA were similar to those of humans, despite massive evolutionary differences.
By Miles O'Brien
What is causing weather systems like Harvey and Florence to slow down and produce historic rainfall and flooding? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at the growing risk of hurricanes and the evidence that it’s tied to climate change.
In response to a #TimesUp movement, the American Association for the Advancement of Science passed measures on Saturday to tackle harassment.
At least five people have died and millions are without power as Tropical Storm Florence continues to cause destruction in the Carolinas. Winds have slowed but the storm is forecast to move east, making inland flooding one big worry for…
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