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Most people spend part of every day surrounded by strangers, whether on their daily commute, sitting in a park or cafe, or visiting the supermarket.

Yet many of us remain in self-imposed isolation, believing that reaching out to a stranger would make you both feel uncomfortable.

These beliefs may be unwarranted. In fact, our research suggests we may often underestimate the positive impact of connecting with others for both our own and others' wellbeing.

For example, having a conversation with a

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Underneath the ground, hidden from view, there’s a massive network of fungi and bacteria hard at work in close partnership with tree roots. In exchange for food from the trees, the microbes help transfer nutrients from the atmosphere or soil to the trees and back. They also influence what kinds of trees grow where, affect how resilient trees are to diseases, and respond to disturbances.

For the first time ever, researchers have mapped this underground network of microbes connecting forest trees

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The photosynthetic sea slug, which lives off the U.S. East Coast, is becoming almost too rare to research.

Life has certain rules and patterns. Plants, with their incredible ability to harness the sun’s energy, don’t go roaming around. They don’t need to. But animals, lacking the wondrous power of photosynthesis, do. They trot, slither, flap. They seek out plants and they eat them.

They most certainly do not photosynthesize, the animal playbook would seem to dictate. That’s a plant’s role.

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Lake Baikal, in the Russian region of Siberia, is a massive body of water—the world’s deepest and most voluminous freshwater lake. Its location and the surrounding geography can lead to fascinating phenomena in the winter, as ferocious winds and cycles of melting and refreezing build and sculpt works of structural beauty—stones supported on wind-worn pedestals, undulating surface ice, encrusted beaches, crazy icicles, frozen methane bubbles, and more. Below, a collection of some interesting and

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As the saying suggests, a blue moon is a rare event. This weekend's Full Flower Blue Moon is even rarer still, happening only every dozen or so blue moons.

But despite what its name suggests, this full moon will not actually by blue. The name simply refers to the fact that it is the fourth full moon of the season, when typically there are only three full moons in a season.

In 2019 there has already been a Blood Moon, a Pink Moon and a Super Worm Moon – each named after various occurrences that t

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Most ocean animals produce their own light or host bacteria that do—a useful skill for communication, finding prey, camouflage, and more.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “You’re glowing!” you may be in love. Or, more likely, you’re a marine animal.

whopping 76 percent of ocean animals are bioluminescent, which means they produce their own light through a series of chemical reactions or host bacteria that do.

Click here to read full article on National Geographic

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Krill isn’t just whale food. These tiny shrimp-like creatures move planet-warming carbon out of the surface ocean down to the deep, where it can be locked away for millennia – all thanks to their poo.

From Greenpeace Unearthed - the award-winning investigative journalism platform funded by Greenpeace supporters. 

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"Wise old mother trees feed their saplings with liquid sugar and warn the neighbors when danger approaches. Reckless youngsters take foolhardy risks with leaf-shedding, light-chasing and excessive drinking, and usually pay with their lives. Crown princes wait for the old monarchs to fall, so they can take their place in the full glory of sunlight. It’s all happening in the ultra-slow motion that is tree time, so that what we see is a freeze-frame of the action."

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Lakes and ponds come and go over time. Over the past four decades, Landsat satellites have peered down as thousands of them have filled up and dried out—in many cases several times.

Usually, cyclical changes in weather patterns spur the changes. An El Niño, for instance, can fuel persistent drought in some areas and flooding rains in others. In other cases, human activities are the clear trigger, such as the contraction of the Aral Sea or the birth of a new reservoir.

But there is another, much

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