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World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft buzzing Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The spacecraft flies directly above the monster storm Monday night, passing 5,600 miles above the cloud tops — which is close by space standards.

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax

As lawmakers debate marijuana taxes, public health advocates say the state also needs to consider higher taxes on alcohol.

MIT study finds poorer kids benefit more from summer reading programs

Kids from poorer families benefited more, partially because they tend to have fewer reading resources during the summer months.

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

After four years of searching, the Kepler telescope has detected 49 planets in the Goldilocks zone.

Study shows Earth’s lethal heat worsens

One in three people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels.


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