The World’s Second-Largest Rainforest Is Losing the Carbon It’s Held for a Thousand Years

The Congo Basin is the second-largest rainforest on Earth, and like most tropical forests, it’s getting chewed up by humans. That’s a problem for the climate, and not just because trees are a natural sponge helping to mop up humanity’s ever-rising carbon emissions. New research suggests that as trees are replaced with fields for agriculture, carbon that’s been locked up in the Congo’s soils for hundreds to thousands of years is starting to seep out. Continue reading The World’s Second-Largest Rainforest Is Losing the Carbon It’s Held for a Thousand Years

Gene editing could help eliminate HIV

Around five years ago, when the gene editing technology CRISPR was still new, Kamel Khalili started work on ways to use the system to treat and cure HIV. Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, showed then that CRISPR could effectively clear HIV in both cells and in animals.

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The FDA says grain-free food could be killing dogs. Here’s what pet owners should know.

Last week the FDA made a scary announcement: grain-free food might be linked to a dangerous heart condition in dogs. This is actually the third update in a saga that’s been going on since July 2018, when the FDA first began investigating the link. But they’re not much closer to an answer, and there’s been a lot of misinformation about the mysterious rise in canine dilated cardiomyopathy circulating in the meantime.

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HYT Launches Captivating SOONOW

HYT is already known as a brand that likes to push the envelope, not only with their unique way of telling time through ‘fluid technology,’ but also in terms of design. The shape of the case provides HYT with the perfect canvas to take things to the next level in a way that no other watch manufacture can, and the new SOONOW is a perfect example of this. Continue reading HYT Launches Captivating SOONOW

SpaceX plans to launch Starship’s first commercial flight in 2021

While we haven’t seen the Starship fly yet — SpaceX just got done with its test firings and short “hops” back in April — we might not have to wait that long for its first commercial flight. According to SpaceX VP of commercial sales Jonathan Hofeller, the company is hoping to send it to space for its first commercial mission in 2021. He revealed at an event in Indonesia that SpaceX is already in discussions with three different customers for that flight, all telecom companies likely looking to send satellites to orbit.

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Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland’s Ice

For decades, scientists working in Antarctica have been documenting subglacial lakes, bodies of water buried miles beneath the ice. They’ve spotted more than 400 of them, and even drilled into a few and found evidence for both living and long-dead lifeforms. But despite their ubiquity at the bottom of the world, no one had really looked to see if subglacial lakes were widespread beneath the Greenland ice sheet as well. Until now. Continue reading Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland’s Ice