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If you were writing to an alien pen pal in a distant galaxy, how would you describe life on Earth? Would you describe yourself? Your dog? Maybe birds or fish or snakes? The planet is teeming with diversity, but what would be most representative?

Read more: Life on Earth is mostly green

Two years ago, scientists towed telescopes and other equipment into fields and up mountains across the United States for a celestial spectacle: the 2017 Great American Eclipse.

Now, they’re at it again. On July 2, the next total solar eclipse will be visible shortly before sunset from the Pacific Ocean and parts of Chile and Argentina.

Read more: How the 2019 eclipse will differ from 2017’s — and what that means for science

Let’s go on a journey through a world we are connected to every day but rarely have the opportunity to explore! We will get up close with whales, explore underwater landscapes, and push the limits on the human body, all in a single breath.

Read more: Explore the Unseen Depths of our Oceans on One Breath Around the World

A new study shows just how hard it may be to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial times.

The world’s existing power plants, industrial equipment, vehicles and other CO₂-emitters are on track to pump out enough carbon dioxide to blow past that target by midcentury, researchers report July 1 in Nature.  Add in future power plants that are already planned, permitted or under construction, and we could emit enough by 2033 to raise average global atmospheric temperatures by 1.5 degrees, the researchers say.  

Read more: CO2 emissions are on track to take us beyond 1.5 degrees of global warming

Have you ever slipped into the endless vortex of content on your phone? Do you automatically reach for it when you hear it ding? Find yourself constantly checking it for updates? Or feel that intense itch to remove that little red notification bubble?

Read more: Our Phones are Designed to be Addicting. But Here’s How We Can Take Back Control!
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