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Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Most Christmas sweaters are made of plastic and are likely to contribute to plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, an environmental charity has warned. Hubbub, a UK charity, found that 95% of the 108 sweaters it analyzed — taken from 11 high-street and online retailers — were fully or partially made from plastic materials. Acrylic…MORE

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

Kids today sometimes get a bad rap — they’re on their phones too much, they don’t respect their elders, they’re entitled. And just like many broad generalizations, these don’t always fit. The four young people below are disproving negative stereotypes about Generation Z. Their selfless work helping others will be featured on “Young Wonders: A…MORE

What we now know (and still don’t) about life on Mars

What we now know (and still don’t) about life on Mars

For decades, space was the final frontier. But as space exploration advanced, scientists increasingly set their sights on a new frontier: Mars. The first lander to reach Mars was launched nearly 50 years ago, but much about the red planet remains a mystery. Scientists are still attempting to bring samples of Mars’ red soil back…MORE

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears have “invaded” a village in Russia’s far north in search for food, prompting “bear patrols” around the village and halting public activities, officials said. Environmentalists say climate change might be to blame. The number of polar bears that have descended on Ryrkaypiy, in Russia’s Chukotka region, has grown over the last…MORE

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

Don’t tell the kids, but we’ve got Santa Claus all wrong. Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who’s been naughty or nice, and he doles out presents or punishments accordingly. But historians say Santa Claus — aka St. Nicholas aka Kris Kringle — was originally…MORE

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

At the center of the US impeachment imbroglio is a clash between two giants, each carving their name in history. On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue is the highest-ranking woman in the history of American politics: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, standing as the guardian of the US Constitution. At the other is the world’s most…MORE

NASA mission catches nearby asteroid ejecting material into space

NASA mission catches nearby asteroid ejecting material into space

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at near-Earth asteroid Bennu a year ago, and the spinning top-shaped space rock has been full of surprises. The latest findings now classify it as an active asteroid with observable events happening on the surface. OSIRIS-REx and Bennu got to meet face-to-face on December 3 of last year. OSIRIS-REx has been…MORE

Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it’s killing them

Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it’s killing them

More than half a million hermit crabs have been killed after becoming trapped by plastic pollution on two remote islands, a new study from the University of Tasmania found. Research teams estimated that about 508,000 of the crustaceans have been killed in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean and about 61,000 on Henderson…MORE

Does the Constitution justify impeaching Trump?

Does the Constitution justify impeaching Trump?

For two tumultuous months, Washington has been fixated on what President Donald Trump did. Now it’s time to work out what should happen to him. Four renowned law professors showed up before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to conduct an intellectual and rigorous constitutional seminar — while ducking the partisan crossfire from Democratic and…MORE

Scientists show how to make airplane emissions less harmful

Scientists show how to make airplane emissions less harmful

MIT scientists are putting wind beneath policy makers’ wings, suggesting ways to modify airplane emissions, which worsen air quality and contribute to thousands of deaths annually. As this week’s COP25 climate change conference gains momentum, their findings could provide lift to the effort to avoid the disastrous global impacts of heat-trapping gases forecast by the…MORE