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Scientists Zero In on the Origins of the Monkeypox Outbreak

When the first monkeypox cases were identified in early May, European health officials were stumped. The virus was not known to spread easily among people, let alone infect dozens – and soon hundreds – of young men. The origins of the outbreak are now becoming clearer. Genetic analysis suggests that although the monkeypox virus is …

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Centenarian Tortoises May Set the Standard for Anti-Aging

For mammals like humans, aging is inevitable. No matter how many vitamins we take, skin sags, bones soften and joints stiffen over time. However, turtles and tortoises age more gracefully. Despite their wrinkled skin and toothless gums, species like Gal├ípagos giant tortoises seem unscathed by the ravages of aging. Some show few signs of slowing …

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Biden Administration Tosses Trump Definition of ‘Habitat’ for Endangered Species

The Biden administration is throwing out the definition of “habitat” for endangered animals, returning to an understanding that existed before the government under President Donald J. Trump shrank the areas that could be protected for animals under threat of extinction. By striking a single sentence from the regulations, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service …

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Biden’s Inner Circle Debates Future of Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON – President Biden’s top aides are weighing whether to ban new oil and gas drilling off America’s coasts, a move that would elate climate activists but could leave the administration vulnerable to Republican accusations that it is exacerbating an energy crunch as gas prices soar. By law, the Department of Interior is required to …

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Fusion Energy Advance Is Hailed by a Seattle Start-Up

Zap Energy, a fusion energy start-up working on a low-cost path to producing electricity commercially, said last week that it had taken an important step toward testing a system its researchers believe will eventually produce more electricity than it consumes. That point is seen as a milestone in solving the world’s energy challenge while it …

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S outh Korea Launches Satellite With Its Own Rocket for the First Time

SEOUL – South Korea said it successfully launched a small but working satellite into orbit using its first homemade rocket on Tuesday, bringing the country closer to its dream of becoming a new player in the space industry and deploying its own spy satellites to better monitor North Korea. The three-stage Nuri rocket, built by …

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