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Environment

Take air. Suck out CO2. Make fuel. A lab advance hints at a future for artificial photosynthesis

Researchers believe that artificial photosynthesis that sucks excess CO2 out of the air could one day help fight climate change. But capturing the gas is only half the challenge. The other half is what to do with it once you've got it. Lauren Sommer reports on a potentially breakthrough technology that uses artificial photsynthesis to turn CO2 from the air into industrial chemicals and natural gas.

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Into the Thaw: Decoding Thwaites Glacier

Antarctica Dispatch 4: Fieldwork begins, cue the seals

​​​​​​​How quickly will Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier melt, and what will that mean for global sea levels and coastal cities? Researchers are sailing toward Thwaites this month on the first leg of a five-year, international effort to try to answer that pressing question, and along the way they’re enlisting local seals as research assistants.