A to Z: How Writing Changed the World

Just as handwritten records changed how societies work, the printing press transformed the spread of information, igniting the Industrial Revolution. How did technologies–from pen to paper to printing press—make it all possible?

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Can We Cool the Planet?

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Scientists look to geoengineering and other methods to cool the planet.

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Touching the Asteroid

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Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.

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Nature's Fear Factor

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Can bringing predators—and fear—back into an ecosystem help restore its natural balance?

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A to Z: The First Alphabet

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The birth of writing and the first alphabet were among the world’s most vital inventions.

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