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Animals that help pollinate plants and spread their seeds are critical to keeping forests healthy. Photo via Eike Lena Neuschulz/ AlphaGalileo.

Healthy forests need birds and bees

A new study shows that we humans can help maintain healthy forests by focusing conservation efforts on the protection of animal pollinators and seed dispersers.

MIT researchers found that neutrinos changed between several distinct “flavors” as they traveled at close to the speed of light from a facility near Chicago to a detector in Minnesota, 456 miles (735 km) away. Image via Christine Daniloff/ MIT/ Phys.org

Shifting identities for traveling neutrinos

MIT researchers show that neutrinos can change between several distinct “flavors” while traveling from a facility near Chicago to a detector in Minnesota.

Kevin Krajick/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Giant quake may lurk under Bangladesh

A huge earthquake could be building beneath Bangladesh, Earth’s most densely populated nation. There’s potential for some 140 million people to be affected.

Image via NASA Earth Observatory

Paris at midnight

ISS astronaut’s photo of the City of Light.

Artist's concept of derelict satellite capture by net. Image via ESA.

ESA to capture large derelict satellite

The European Space Agency is moving forward with plans to capture and remove a large piece of space debris, in a mission called e.Deorbit, by 2023.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques. Maybe you have the right stuff, too, 'eh?  Image via CSA.

Canada is recruiting new astronauts

Astronauts wanted! The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is actively recruiting for first time since 2008. Applications are open until mid-August.

The extra second - or leap second - is added to world clocks one second before midnight, UTC.

2016 will have a leap second

Delay those New Year’s plans. World timekeepers have announced they’ll add a leap second just before midnight on December 31, 2016.

Image via Galyna Andrushko / shutterstock / theconversation

Looking for a pristine landscape? Sorry …

If you’re hoping to escape civilization and head into an unaltered wilderness, you might be surprised to learn it no longer exists on Earth, a study says.

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16-year-old spots rare bird in Brazil

It was Grandpa Pinpin’s dream to see his favorite bird, Spix’s Macaw, before his death at 94. He didn’t accomplish it, but his 16-year-old granddaughter did.

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Man-made chemicals in deepest sea

Scientists have detected persistent man-made chemicals in crustaceans from the Mariana Trench and Kermadec Trench, deepest parts of the ocean ever sampled.