Ted Cruz Is Really Excited About Pluto. So Why Does He Want to Cripple NASA?

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The GOP presidential hopeful wants to learn more about faraway worlds. Our planet, not so much.

Here’s Why All the Bees Are Dying

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Bees are essential for life as we know it, but we’re wiping them out.

Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

Polar bears approach the submarine USS Honolulu near the North Pole. US Navy Photo By Chief Yeoman/ZUMA

Scientists used the Medea program to study how global warming could worsen conflict. Now that project has come to an end.

Permafrost “Carbon Bomb” May Be More of a Slow Burn, Say Scientists

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Carbon dioxide from thawing Arctic permafrost is likely to be released gradually, rather than in a catastrophic eruption.

Scientists Are Arguing About When, Exactly, Humans Started to Rule the Planet

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A new study argues it happened all the way back when we invented farming.

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