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This synthetic wood is as strong as the real thing—and won’t catch fire

Plastic-wood composites have long been a favorite of homeowners looking to build decks and fences that don’t require sanding, staining, and painting. But these...

Psychologists keep policy on U.S. detainees, but issue remains open wound

The American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., has decided to retain a policy banning military psychologists from working with detainees at the U.S....

Animal fat on ancient pottery fragments reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistory

A bit more than 8000 years ago, the world suddenly cooled, leading to much drier summers for much of the Northern Hemisphere. The impact...

Trump overhaul of Endangered Species Act could shrink protections for many animals

Originally published by E&E News The Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries today unveiled what some bill as the most significant changes to Endangered...

On a remote Pacific island, this doctor has revived a 60-year quest to eradicate...

LIHIR ISLAND IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA—In a small, poor village 15,000 kilometers from his home, Oriol Mitjà jumped out of a white van one early May...

A turtle—or a rifle? Hackers easily fool AIs into seeing the wrong thing

STOCKHOLM—Last week, here at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), a group of researchers described a turtle they had 3D printed. Most people...

New China space missions will watch for colliding black holes, solar blasts

China's ambitious human space missions get most of the headlines, but its fledgling space science program is quietly gaining strength. The Chinese Academy of...

Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the...

If astronomers are right, a ghostly particle that lit up an instrumented swathe of ice beneath the South Pole on 22 September last year...

New digital chemical screening tool could help eliminate animal testing

Toxicologists today unveiled a digital chemical safety screening tool that could greatly reduce the need for six common animal tests. Those tests account for...

Update: Quantum physics gets attention—and brighter funding prospects—in Congress

*Update, 27 June, 12:30 p.m.: The science committee of the House of Representatives today unanimously approved the National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227), which would create a...

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