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The quickening pace of global metabolism

The use of raw materials and production of waste rise with development around the world

Effects of a fence

A satellite image reveals how humans and their herds are changing the Arctic from the ground up

The self-made beauty of the centriole

Cells build an elegant, symmetrical structure. How they do it is intriguing on its own, but recent insights could also help explain some developmental disorders.

The base of the iceberg: It’s big and teeming with life

Passing chunks of ice can fertilize ocean waters and play a role in the planet’s carbon cycle

The marks of extinction

The mass die-offs of Earth’s past may hold clues to our future

A Notch on the many paths to cancer

Tumors and more may be fueled by an ancient protein with myriad jobs in the body. Scientists hope to tap this knowledge to generate novel therapies.

Signs of how a language grows

In a village in Israel, the way the deaf communicate provides a rare look at a linguistic birth