Author Archives: Jane Qiu

Covert Coronavirus Infections Could Be Seeding New Outbreaks

Scientists are rushing to estimate the proportion of people with mild or no symptoms who could be spreading the pathogen

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China Ramping Up Quest to Become a Space Science Superpower

But Beijing is often sidelined in international collaboration, and U.S. laws against collaboration slow efforts down

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Antarctica’s Sleeping Ice Giant Could Wake Soon

The massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet looks stable from above—but it’s a dangerously different story below

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The Surprisingly Early Settlement of the Tibetan Plateau

Scientists thought people first set foot on the frozen Tibetan Plateau 15,000 years ago. New genomic analyses suggest multiplying that figure as much as fourfold

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How the Panda’s "Thumb" Evolved Twice

Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways  

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Strange Pumping Effect above Asia Threatens the Ozone Layer

An atmospheric mechanism is lofting Indian and Chinese pollution into the stratosphere

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Trouble in the Bamboo after Pandas Dropped from Endangered List

The iconic animal’s status change by an influential conservation organization triggers controversy in China

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Giant, Deadly Ice Slide Baffles Researchers

Climate change could be to blame for Tibetan tragedy

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Glacial Lakes Threaten Himalayan Dams

Flood risk rises as new hydroelectric power projects move upstream to meet rising demand

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How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins

Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives

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Man-Made Pollutants Found in Earth’s Deepest Ocean Trenches

Crustaceans at 10,000 meters contain higher concentrations of chemicals than some animals in coastal waters

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Investigating Climate Change the Hard Way at Earth’s Icy "Third Pole"

A glaciologist doesn’t let a heart transplant keep him from braving dizzying altitudes to gather crucial ice core samples from retreating tropical and subtropical glaciers

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Killer Landslides: The Lasting Legacy of Nepal’s Quake

A year after a devastating earthquake triggered killer avalanches and rock falls in Nepal, scientists are wiring up mountainsides to forecast hazards

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