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Rampaging vines are slowly strangling tropical forests

Called lianas,these vines are growing out of control. They may cause tropical forests to absorb less carbon dioxide — worsening climate change.

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Forests could help detect ‘ghost particles’ from space

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Many natural underground stores of freshwater are shrinking

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Scientists Say: Bionic

This type of technology combines natural and synthetic systems. It can restore lost vision and mobility and even grant cells new abilities.

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Analyze This: Marsupial gliders may avoid the ground to dodge predators

It has been unclear why gliding evolved in marsupials. To search for clues, researchers strapped activity trackers to some of these cryptic creatures.

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Could we build a mecha?

In the movies, mechas come equipped with all kinds of abilities. But real giant robots would first have to master simpler actions, like walking and jumping.

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