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A large heart is cut out of a pink border. Within the heart, there are four heraldic banners depicting houses from the Harry Potter series. From left to right: a badger, a snake, a lion, and a bird.

Reading Fiction Can Make You Kinder And More Accepting

Though reading fiction is broadly understood to be something people do to escape from the “real world,” studies have shown that it can foster benevolent social behaviors — and there might be an evolutionary reason for this.

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Meadow ‘sponges’ can help store water as snowpack shrinks

A project to restore a damaged meadow in the Sierra Nevada shows the possibilities for improving an important mountain ecosystem. It can also store precious groundwater as climate change shrinks mountain snowpack, a vital source of fresh water in the American West.

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Trees move uphill as Sierra Nevada climate warms

Warming Sierra Nevada temperatures mean young trees of cold-adapted species are growing at elevations hundreds of feet higher than trees counted 80 years ago — taking entire habitats with them.