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Synchronous Fireflies in Elkmont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Radim Schreiber/ National Park Service

In the Great Smoky Mountains, people are traveling and waiting until dusk to get a glimpse of what some have claimed is a life-changing experience: watching a rare, synchronous firefly light show.

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Scientists have developed a method for recycling plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring. Andrew Fox / Getty Images

Researchers have devised a sweet solution to the plastic pollution crisis — turn it into vanilla flavoring.

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You can't discount the importance of your gut health. Research shows that the microbiome within your digestive system has a disproportionate impact on how well your whole body functions.

Unfortunately, bad diets, the overuse of antibiotics, and other stressors mean many of our digestive systems are in trouble. Probiotic supplements claim to solve this problem by replenishing your gut with the healthy bacteria it needs for optimal functioning. Here, we'll analyze the popular probiotic brand Seed to determine whether its supplements are worth taking.

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Dangerously high temperatures are gripping the West with more to life- and grid-threatening heat expected in the coming days.

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The Singapore Flower Dome is an innovative venue with the largest greenhouse in the world with rotating displays of flowers and plants. John S. Lander / LightRocket / Getty Images

In the midst of a massive, global loss of nature, cities around the world are finding ways to protect and expand open spaces and "rewild" their communities.

Between 2001 and 2017, the United States alone lost 24 million acres of natural area – or the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks – largely due to housing sprawl, agriculture, energy development, and other anthropogenic factors, according to a 2019 Reuters report. Every day, 6,000 acres of open space – parks, forests, farms, grasslands, ranches, streams, and rivers – are converted for other uses.

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Takeout containers are among the most common plastics polluting the ocean. Bill Roque / iStock / Getty Images Plus

In recent years, it's been a fad to skip the straw to save the turtles, but what you may not know is that straws are not the biggest offenders when it comes to ocean plastic, according to a new study.

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A clownfish in French Polynesia. Antonio Fernando Sontuoso / 500px Prime / Getty Images

New research suggests that young clownfish who live in coastal reefs are dying faster due to artificial light exposure.

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A crack in the Pine Island Glacier. NASA's Earth Observatory / CC BY 2.0

The Pine Island Glacier is currently Antarctica's greatest contributor to sea level rise, and, now, a new study warns that it could be closer to collapse than previously thought.

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The new material in action. Xampla

By Hom Dhakal

Plastics are very useful materials. They've contributed significant benefits to modern society. But the unprecedented amount of plastics produced over the past few decades has caused serious environmental pollution.

Packaging alone was responsible for 46% out of 340 million tonnes of plastic waste generated globally in 2018. Although plastic recycling has increased significantly in recent years, most plastics used today are single-use, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable.

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Scientists hypothesize that the "52 Hertz Whale" is a hybrid blue and fin whale. Bleecker Street

For decades, legendary oceanographer and marine mammal researcher Bill Watkins tracked a mysterious creature without ever finding it. Watkins realized it was probably a whale. Researchers nicknamed it "The World's Loneliest Whale" because they hypothesized that it sang at a frequency that other whales could not hear or understand — one that rang out clearly at 52 hertz. They thought it might have spent its entire life in solitude, and they, and the rest of the world, found its existence captivating and almost haunting.

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Extinction Rebellion environmental activists wearing masks of G7 leaders protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall during the G7 summit on June 13, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP via Getty Images

By Jon Queally

Anti-poverty groups, climate campaigners, and public health experts reacted with outrage and howls of disappointment Sunday after the G7 leaders who spent the weekend at a summit in Cornwall, England issued a final communique that critics said represents an extreme abdication of responsibility in the face of the world's most pressing and intertwined crises — savage economic inequality, a rapidly-heating planet, and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rapé, an ancestral medicine in Rio Branco, Brazil. subvertivo _lab / Unsplash

Indigenous communities contain vast amounts of sophisticated knowledge about the plants surrounding them and the functions that those plants serve. This could be everything from how chewing a certain root can cure indigestion to how a berry can ward off chest congestion.

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Out of the mines of conflict, an awareness campaign was born. One that sought to change the minds of millions and craft a better, more fairer phone industry. The campaigners worked hard to raise consciousness and change the minds of phone users. They established workshops that explained the complexities and horrors of a smartphone supply chain, and encouraged the public to imagine what a fairer phone would be. But after two and a half years, Apple, Samsung, and other giants kept exploiting and polluting. So, the awareness campaign decided to do something a little different. They tried to make a fairer phone. This is the story of that phone. How it's made, whether it's actually a good phone, and whether it's the sustainable solution to the phone industry.

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