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A Wonder Year
THE LATEST NEWS AND NOTES • HOW WILL EARTH END? • LANGUAGE LEARNING • ON-SCREEN SCIENCE • ANIMAL DISCOVERIES
How Will Life on Earth End? • ASTEROID STRIKES, SUPERNOVA BLASTS AND OTHER CALAMITIES THAT COULD TAKE OUT HUMANITY.
Learning a Language Literally Changes Your Brain • PICKING UP A NEW LANGUAGE COULD MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON, AND MAY EVEN HELP STAVE OFF DEMENTIA.
Hollywood Science • THANKS TO SCIENCE ADVISERS, MOVIES AND TV SHOWS ARE WORKING TO GET THE DETAILS RIGHT.
5 NEW ANIMALS DISCOVERED IN 2021 • THE WORLD’S TINIEST LIZARD, A NEW TYPE OF OCTOPUS, AN ANT NAMED BY A ROCK MUSICIAN, AND MORE AMAZING CREATURES.
Business as Usual • A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN LEADS TO AN UNEXPECTED CRISIS FOR A 60-YEAR-OLD SALESMAN.
THE STATE OF SCIENCE • The successes and lessons that made science news in 2021 — and what they mean for you in the year ahead.
PANDEMIC: YEAR 2 • Vaccines are here. Still, the pandemic rages on.
mRNA Takes on COVID • Perhaps the most significant technological achievement of 2021, the mRNA vaccine combatted COVID-19 across the globe with startling speed and efficacy.
NEW ROVERS CHASE LIFE ON MARS • The Red Planet bustles with robots, as two new rovers, a helicopter and a satellite set out to search for signs of ancient life.
ALIEN ANTIMATTER CRASHES INTO EARTH • It came from outer space, and it was tiny.
A Glimpse of New Physics • A heavy particle’s magnetic moment goes beyond the Standard Model.
THE DEATH OF CLIMATE DENIAL? • Data and extreme weather events are making it harder than ever to ignore our warming world.
UN REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE IS IRREVOCABLE
THE FIGHT AGAINST MICROPLASTICS • Researchers continue to grapple with the reality of tiny plastic shards — everywhere.
All-Time Dry • As drought spreads wider than ever across the Western U.S., water rations and other emergency measures have begun.
MIND THE GAP • In the first reported gene transfer from plants to animals, whiteflies likely pilfered a pesticide-blocking gene from plants millions of years ago.
A NEW WHALE SPECIES IS FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL • When a mysterious 40-foot-long creature washed up on a Florida beach in 2019, researchers gained crucial evidence for what’s now known as the Rice’s whale, whose survival is threatened by the shipping industry.
Asteroid Aftergrowth • The same asteroid strike that spelled doom for the dinosaurs likely helped create modern South American rainforests.
MORE THAN MEETS THE FUNGI • A series of discoveries have upended long-held beliefs about fungus, and shed some light on carbon sequestration in nature.
THE TIP OF THE VOLCANO • Pūhāhonu is barely visible above the ocean. Recent seafloor mapping has revealed it’s actually the planet’s largest volcano.
LIGHTNING STRIKES IN THE ARCTIC • A recent surge in Arctic lightning may be yet another indicator of rising global temperatures.
Nepal’s Rhino Win Links Conservation and Social Justice • In 2021, the country announced its rhino population had jumped by over 16 percent from 2015. But struggles like the COVID-19 pandemic still risk both human and rhino health.
2021’S HOTTEST FOSSIL WAS ACTUALLY FOUND OVER 85 YEARS AGO • A skull hidden for nearly a century may belong to an elusive type of ancient human, or a brand new species.
HAVE SCIENTISTS FOUND THE BIGGEST DINOSAUR? • Paleontologists have...