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Lisa Ferguson is an award-winning writer and editor who is passionate about politics, health, business, and finance. In her free time, Lisa loves to read nonfiction books and watch documentaries about current affairs. Her favorite subjects are health care policy, climate change, and social justice issues like immigration reform.

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A strange fungus could transform emerging cicadas into ‘saltshakers of death,’ scientists say

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. This spring, billions of cicadas will emerge after more than a decade underground, ready to climb into the trees and make a ruckus as they sing to attract mates. But some of these insects won’t succeed […]

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2023 was a record year for wind installations as world ramps up clean energy, report says

The world installed 117 gigawatts of new wind power capacity in 2023, a 50% increase from the year before, making it the best year for new wind projects on record, according to a new report by the industry’s trade association. The latest Global Wind Report, published Tuesday by the Global Wind Energy Council, explores the

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More climate-warming methane leaks into the atmosphere than ever gets reported – here’s how satellites can find the leaks and avoid wasting a valuable resource

Far more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is being released from landfills and oil and gas operations around the world than governments realized, recent airborne and satellite surveys show. That’s a problem for the climate as well as human health. It’s also why the U.S. government has been tightening regulations on methane leaks and wasteful

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Exploding stars send out powerful bursts of energy − I’m leading a citizen scientist project to classify and learn about these bright flashes

When faraway stars explode, they send out flashes of energy called gamma-ray bursts that are bright enough that telescopes back on Earth can detect them. Studying these pulses, which can also come from mergers of some exotic astronomical objects such as black holes and neutron stars, can help astronomers like me understand the history of

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The girl who can’t smile: How a rare disorder became a young woman's ‘greatest gift’

Tayla Clement, 26, was born with a rare disorder that has made it impossible for her to smile — but she says she is grateful for it. Born and raised in New Zealand, Clement has Moebius syndrome, a neurological disease that affects one child out of every 50,000 to 500,000 born, research shows. Moebius occurs

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Camels evolved from a cold-weather ancestor. We could learn from their remarkable transformation

Editor’s Note: Portions of this story appear in “Life As We Know it (Can Be),” a new book by award-winning journalist and CNN Chief Climate Correspondent Bill Weir, who draws on ancient wisdom, cutting-edge technology and the giants of psychology to make sense of the changing planet and give his kids the tools they need

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Ozempic babies: Women claim weight-loss drugs are making them more fertile and experts agree

A new kind of baby boom could be taking place. Some women taking GLP-1 drugs, such as Ozempic and Wegovy, have reported that they’re getting pregnant unexpectedly. The term “Ozempic babies” has been coined on TikTok, with many women posting there about their unplanned pregnancies. OZEMPIC, OTHER WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS MAY STRENGTHEN NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS,

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Iconic British meteorite 'Winchcombe' found to have a smashing past

The Winchcombe meteorite, which fell to the ground in Gloucestershire in the U.K. after blazing a trail through the night sky on Feb. 28, 2021, came from an asteroid that had been heavily altered by water as well as smashed apart and reformed multiple times. That’s the conclusion of a detailed analysis of the meteorite,

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NASA confirms mystery object that crashed through roof of Florida home came from space station

This undated photo provided by NASA shows a recovered chunk of space junk from equipment discarded at the International Space Station. The cylindrical object that tore through a home in Naples, Fla., March 8, 2024, was subsequently taken to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., for analysis. (NASA via AP) NAPLES, Fla. (AP)

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