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Greenland ice sheet melting could expose 400 million people to flooding by end of century, study says

Greenland ice sheet melting could expose 400 million people to flooding by end of century, study saysAbout 400 million people could be at risk for flooding by the end of the century should the Greenland ice shelf continue to melt at its current pace, according to a new study. The ice shelf, one of Earth's largest, is widely considered to be the largest annual contributor of water into the ocean, and it's expected to be a major contributor to global sea-level rise, according to the study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday. The study, commissioned by NASA and the European Space Agency, compared a combination of 26 satellite measurements of changes in the ice sheet's volume, flow and gravitational potential to produce a "reconciled estimate" of its mass balance.


A potential vaccine for the Zika virus just passed a major milestone: It protected mice from getting sick

A potential vaccine for the Zika virus just passed a major milestone: It protected mice from getting sickThe vaccine neutralized the Zika virus in young albino mice, but it hasn't been tested in humans yet.


Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Scientists to harness the sun to break down plasticScientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste. Huge quantities of plastic have piled up on land and been dumped in the sea across the world, with Asian nations in particular facing criticism for failing to tackle the problem. Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money.


Harvard research: Impact of poverty begins in the womb, but it doesn't have to

Harvard research: Impact of poverty begins in the womb, but it doesn't have toScientific evidence shows that the toxic stresses of poverty can affect the brains of babies in the womb — but also that they can be reversed with some radical shifts to our approach to prenatal care. It's the subject of a new mini-documentary from Yahoo News, "Baby Brain."


At least 8 people are dead after a New Zealand volcano erupted. Experts say the disaster was not predictable, despite warning signs.

At least 8 people are dead after a New Zealand volcano erupted. Experts say the disaster was not predictable, despite warning signs.Geologists and tourists knew that the volcano that recently erupted on New Zealand's White Island was active. It last erupted in 2016.


A potential vaccine for the Zika virus just passed a major milestone: It protected mice from getting sick

A potential vaccine for the Zika virus just passed a major milestone: It protected mice from getting sickThe vaccine neutralized the Zika virus in young albino mice, but it hasn't been tested in humans yet.


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