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By Michael Svoboda, Ph.D.

Every summer there comes a lift when we finally escape the last cold snaps of spring, the final exams and papers of school, or the reports (and taxes) of the fiscal year. This year we are doubly buoyed by the easing of pandemic restrictions.

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A monkey seized from traffickers during Operation Thunderbird. Interpol / USFWS

By Danielle Beurteaux

In 2013 authorities at Bangkok's main airport busted a smuggler carrying 54 ploughshare tortoises from Madagascar crammed in a suitcase. The seizure of what amounted to about 10% of the critically endangered species' wild population made news around the world.

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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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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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Suburban housing near Santa Clarita, California. halbergman / E+ / Getty Images

By Adoma Addo and Kelley Dennings

In the 50 years since the modern environmental movement was born, human population has more than doubled and our demands on the planet have skyrocketed. The pressure of our growing population, along with the consumption driven by the destructive industries that monopolize food and energy production, are widely recognized as key drivers of the climate and extinction crises. Yet, according to recent research, most conservation and environmental organizations don't address population growth head-on.

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A gray wolf. John & Karen Hollingsworth / USFWS

The state of Colorado just welcomed some very special babies.

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In the Great Lakes region, it is quite literally raining toxic chemicals.

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Flowers grow in front of unused pipe intended for the Keystone XL pipeline outside Gascoyne, North Dakota in 2014. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

The Keystone XL pipeline is officially canceled.

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One of the few terns left at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve after a drone crashed and scared off would-be parents, on June 6, 2021 in Huntington Beach, California. Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Two illegal drones flew over the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in May, and one crash-landed in the wetlands, causing 3,000 adult terns to flee. The seabirds left behind around 2,000 eggs.

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Lake Mead marina south of Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 23, 2020. DANIEL SLIM / AFP via Getty Images

A new Nevada law will outlaw "non-functional" grass because of the region's drought problem, in an effort to conserve water. The nonfunctional grass makes up 31 percent of all grass in the Las Vegas area.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) arrives for the House Judiciary Committee markup of the Elder Abuse Protection Act, the Criminal Judicial Administration Act, and other amendments in Washington, DC on May 18, 2021. Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Republican Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas made headlines Wednesday after comments he made about climate change and the orbit of the Earth and moon went viral.

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Amidst the loud hum of computers, digital gold is born. Churning and churning, hundreds of computers mine for a new form of currency. One that professes to be the decentralized, deflationary disruptor of the modern banking system. It goes by many names, DogeCoin, VibuCoin, Etherium, and Bitcoin. But they all can be called cryptocurrencies. This is the story of the new digital gold. How it works, its consequences, and what a crypto future looks like?

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People enjoy a warm afternoon beside the artistic installation "Ghost Forest", by artist and architect Maya Lin, in Madison Square Park on May 13, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., created a "Ghost Forest" art exhibit to bring awareness to the dangers of climate change and its impact on trees.

The exhibit, located in downtown Manhattan, features 49 lifeless Atlantic Cedar trees that have been replanted into the ground. The trees were sourced from the Pinelands in New Jersey. "Ghost Forest" premiered on May 10 and will be open until Nov. 14.

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