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Sustainable Tree Farming Means Better Lives for Kenyan Farmers

Wood consumption — including logging and the production of charcoal — is a leading cause of forest degradation in Africa. In some of Kenya's coastal regions, recurring droughts have made the problem even worse.  Now, farmers in those regions are planting trees, putting their once-barren land to use in a venture that enables them to earn a living ...

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'Scary' Warming at Poles Showing Up at Weird Times, Places

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic warming in the Arctic and Antarctica. Alaskan ...

Arctic contaminants researcher wins $100K lifetime achievement award

A Canadian government scientist who has attracted attention for his research in Arctic contaminants ...

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Brazil Green Groups Prepare Climate-Change Contingency Plan

With its wooden walls and posters on protecting forests and fauna, Brazil's pavilion at the U.N. climate talks in Poland offers no hint of the angst ...

We rank the best athletes of 2018

Comebacks? Records? Those are nice. But Peter Keating says the 20 most dominant athletes of 2018 made our list by redefining the impossible.

Wildfire scientists brace for hotter, more flammable future as Paradise lies in ashes

As the town of Paradise lies in ashes, a water and climate researcher warns that history may no longer be a useful guide after California's most ...

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Australia Anti-Encryption Law Rushed to Passage 

A newly enacted law rushed through Australia's parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals.      Cybersecurity experts ...

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China’s ancient 'pyramids' reveal their stunning secrets

A researcher has uncovered fascinating new details about the construction of ancient “pyramids” in China.

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Paris Riots Show Difficulty of Fighting Warming With Taxes

The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators, meeting in Poland this week, say are desperately needed to ...

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Is Harvard Whitewashing a Russian Oligarch’s Fortune?

Len Blavatnik made billions as a Kremlin insider. Now he’s writing huge checks to the university.

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James Duke, 88, Globe-Trotting Authority on Healing Plants, Is Dead

As a scholar and government researcher, he did field work in remote spots, finding indigenous remedies, trying them himself and pouring them into ...

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Expert suggested eating only six French fries per serving. He got a serving of backlash

A Harvard nutrition expert suggested restaurants serve six french fries with meals. Twitter users did not handle the news well.        

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Italy investigating 5 Egyptians in student’s murder

The news agency ANSA says that prosecutors in Rome have opened an investigation into five Egyptian secret service and police investigators in connection with the torture and murder of an Italian researcher nearly three years ago

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Child care costs and strict hours are crippling working parents, especially the single ones

Briana Williams, a young mom and recent Harvard Law grad, found child care costs crippled her bank account after just two months of working full-time.        

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Economic Chill Dulls Chinese Appetite for Some Luxury Brands

The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. It's a rude awakening for such designer brands as Louis Vuitton and Burberry that increasingly ...

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Harvard professor who suggested eating only 6 French fries responds to backlash

"Stop ruining my life," one critic wrote on Twitter.

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Trump praises Roger Stone for vow not to testify against him – live

President tweets ‘Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’’ after attacking former lawyer Michael Cohen. Get all the latest live 6.40pm GMT ...

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Fraternities, sororities sue Harvard over single-sex club crackdown

A group of U.S. fraternities and sororities on Monday sued Harvard University, saying its crackdown on single-sex clubs amounted to sexual discrimination.

Mining software isn't just for cryptocurrency — it could also be used to steal corporate secrets

A threat researcher recently discovered that mining software can be programmed to steal sensitive documents, log in credentials or take down critical systems. 

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Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies work?

Scientific consensus and regulations in much of the world prohibit making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations. But nothing stopped the Chinese researcher from helping to make the world’s first gene-edited babies.

Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies work?

Scientific consensus and regulations in much of the world prohibit making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations. But nothing ...

Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies work?

Scientific consensus and regulations in much of the world prohibit making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations. But nothing ...

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Fear That Uproar Over Gene-edited Babies Could Block Science

Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising ...

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Dr. Gerald Berenson, 96, Dies; Traced Heart Disease to Childhood

He was the chief researcher of the marathon Bogalusa Heart Study, which found that reducing childhood risk factors could allay cardiac conditions in ...

Researcher who says he gene-edited babies defends himself amid outrage

A Chinese scientist who claimed this week he created the world's first genetically-edited babies was grilled Wednesday by his colleagues. His work is being criticized for using a technique when it's safety hasn't been established. CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula explains.

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China halts scientist's gene-edited baby research

The scientific community and the world at large were rocked this week when researcher He Jiankui claimed he had created the world's first genetically edited babies. Using CRISPR/Cas9, He says he edited the genes of twin girls, Lulu and Nana, in order...

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'Alien artifacts' could be hiding in our solar system, experts say

Harvard astronomers say interstellar objects should be investigated as they could be alien in origin. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details.        

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