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Snapchat’s New Coral Lenses Transport You Under the Sea

Snapchat lenses might be considered “fun”—the collection of augmented reality animations you can add to your real-world snap includes a llama falling over and a head-banging cockatoo—but rarely do we think of them as educational. A team of animators is now trying to change [...]

First Manta Ray Nursery Ever Discovered Shows Marine Protected Areas Matter

Manta rays are among the most charismatic undersea megafauna, but there’s still a lot we don’t know these flat, ginormous sea-dogs. Now, in trying to understand how their populations are connected in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have made a wild discovery. In Flower Garden [...]

Researchers find last of universe’s missing ordinary matter

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have helped to find the last reservoir of ordinary matter hiding in the universe. Ordinary matter, or “baryons,” make up all physical objects in existence, from stars to the cores of black holes. But until now, astrophysicists had [...]

Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them

How sick of the lionfish is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission? Enough so to offer you up to $5,000 to catch the nasty critters and get them out of Florida waters. The FWC’s Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Challenge, running through Labor Day on [...]

Antarctica is melting faster than we knew. Here’s what it will take to save it.

Scientists have long known that rising temperatures are melting Antarctica’s vast ice sheet, sending water into the Southern Ocean and raising sea levels around the world. But many were surprised last week by a new study showing that Antarctica’s ice is melting three times [...]

Almost $118 billion worth of US homes threatened by rising sea levels: Report

A report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that nearly 311,000 coastal homes, worth $117.5 billion, are at risk of chronic flooding due to sea-level rise over the next 30 years. The advocacy group says rising sea levels are a result of [...]