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A Caribbean island gets everyone involved in protecting beloved species

The coral reef, once bustling with more than 5,000 long-spined sea urchins, became a ghost town in a matter of days. White skeletons with dangling spines dotted the reef near the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba, the water cloudy...

Q&A: Global challenges surrounding the deployment of AI

The AI Policy Forum (AIPF) is an initiative of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing to move...

In Maya society, cacao use was for everyone, not just royals

In ancient Maya civilization, cacao wasn’t just for the elites. Traces of the sacred plant show up in ceramics from all types of neighborhoods and dwellings in and around a former Maya city, researchers report September 26 in the Proceedings...

Here’s how olivine may trigger deep earthquakes

Cocooned within the bowels of the Earth, one mineral’s metamorphosis into another may trigger some of the deepest earthquakes ever detected. These cryptic tremors — known as deep-focus earthquakes — are a seismic conundrum. They violently rupture at depths greater...

Undersea volcano eruption in Tonga was a “once-in-a-lifetime event” that could warm Earth’s surface, scientists say

When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts.The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, shot millions of...

The AlphaFold AI predicted the structures of nearly every protein known to science

As people around the world marveled in July at the most detailed pictures of the cosmos snapped by the James Webb Space Telescope, biologists got their first glimpses of a different set of images — ones that could help...

This face mask can sense the presence of an airborne virus

Face masks — the unofficial symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic — are leveling up. A mask outfitted with special electronics can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and other airborne viruses within 10 minutes of exposure, materials researcher Yin...

Fetuses apparently like carrots, but kale? Not so much, ultrasounds show

Fetus is seen apparently smiling after mother eats carrots. FM6 is described by researchers as "cheek raiser" and FM12 as "lip-corner puller" ...

James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning new image of Neptune and its rings: “It’s just absolutely remarkable”

The James Webb Space Telescope has turned its gaze away from the deep universe toward our home Solar System, capturing an image of a luminous Neptune and its delicate, dusty rings in detail not seen...
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Royal send-off for trek across Arabian desert in British explorer’s footsteps

On arriving in Riyadh, which was at the time a tiny, dust-blown desert village rather than the sprawling metropolis...
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