Seth Borenstein
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Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge
by Seth Borenstein - April 22, 2018 - 1:49pm
Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough.
Stephen Hawking: 'His laboratory was the universe'
by Seth Borenstein - March 14, 2018 - 1:23pm
Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers.
New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan
by Seth Borenstein - December 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.
Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years
by Seth Borenstein - November 14, 2017 - 10:16am
Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came from China.
Scientists say warming makes storms, like Harvey, wetter
by Seth Borenstein - August 29, 2017 - 10:23pm
By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas — a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future global...
US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal
by Seth Borenstein - August 5, 2017 - 1:35am
The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact.
Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
by Seth Borenstein - February 19, 2017 - 11:52am
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.
Study: Typhoons that slam Asia getting much stronger
by Seth Borenstein - September 6, 2016 - 8:54am
Typhoons that slam into land in the northwestern Pacific — especially the biggest tropical cyclones of the bunch — have gotten considerably stronger since the 1970s, a new study concludes.
NASA: July 2016 was Earth's hottest in recorded history
by Seth Borenstein - August 18, 2016 - 8:08am
Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA.
Just a burp: Intriguing hints of physics particle evaporate
by Seth Borenstein - August 6, 2016 - 1:13am
Eight months after raising hopes that they may have found an intriguing new particle that cannot be explained by the existing main physics theory, disappointed scientists are saying: Never mind.
Wild birds lead people to honey if they make the right sound
by Seth Borenstein - July 22, 2016 - 3:00am
In Mozambique's woodlands, the sound of sweet evolution is at work.
Earth breaks heat record again, but not by as much as before
by Seth Borenstein - June 17, 2016 - 12:00am
Federal scientists say Earth sizzled to its 13th straight month of record heat in May, but it wasn't quite as much of an over-the-top scorcher as previous months.
Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk
by Seth Borenstein - May 28, 2016 - 5:06am
A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time...
Carbon dioxide levels jump by record amount due to El Nino
by Seth Borenstein - May 20, 2016 - 4:03am
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.
Scientists blame El Nino, warming for 'gruesome' coral death
by Seth Borenstein - April 6, 2016 - 5:02pm
The coral on the sea floor around the Pacific island of Kiritimati looked like a boneyard in November — stark, white and lifeless. But there was still some hope.
Beyond record hot, February was 'astronomical' and 'strange'
by Seth Borenstein - March 17, 2016 - 9:28am
Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as "astronomical," ''staggering" and "strange." They warned that the climate may have moved into a new and hotter...
Revamped satellite data shows no pause in global warming
by Seth Borenstein - March 5, 2016 - 12:55pm
Climate change doubters may have lost one of their key talking points: a particular satellite temperature dataset that had seemed to show no warming for the past 18 years.
Revamped satellite data shows no pause in global warming
by Seth Borenstein - March 4, 2016 - 3:06pm
Climate change doubters may have lost one of their key talking points: a particular satellite temperature dataset that had seemed to show no warming for the past 18 years.
El Nino weakens a tad, but we won't feel that for months
by Seth Borenstein - February 18, 2016 - 2:11pm
Meteorologists see signs that the super El Nino is weakening ever so slightly, but they caution months will pass before people in the Americas will feel it.
Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
by Seth Borenstein - February 11, 2016 - 9:12pm
It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.
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