The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change – The New York Times

If the species is wiped out by poachers, Africa’s vast rain forest will lose 7 percent of its carbon storage ability, scientists estimate.

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The Vegetarians Who Turned Into Butchers – The New York Times

How several former vegans and vegetarians across the country came to see meat as their calling.

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon | WIRED

The Beresheet lunar lander carried thousands of books, DNA samples, and a few thousand water bears to the moon. But did any of it survive the crash?

Source: SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon | WIRED

The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

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The technology (above: c. 1947 advertisement for Carrier) that was initially envisioned as a tool to enhance industrial productivity is now a near necessity for American homes and transportation. ( Fotosearch / Stringer, Getty Images)

Source: The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

Grand Canyon Will Soon Be a Dark Sky Park | Smart News | Smithsonian

Grand Canyon Milky Way

After three years of retrofitting lights, the national park will soon be certified by the International Dark Sky Association

Source: Grand Canyon Will Soon Be a Dark Sky Park | Smart News | Smithsonian

After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars – The New York Times

Images of the Starlink constellation in orbit have rattled astronomers around the world.

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math – The New York Times

The E.P.A. plans to change the way air pollution health risks are calculated in a way that would sharply lower estimated deaths from new, looser rules for coal plants.