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Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

The anticipation of a hurricane is excruciating. Born in a hurricane nursery (actual term) off the coast of Africa, a storm marches across the Atlantic, growing stronger while forecasters watch anxiously. If those forecasters don’t call it right, if they don’t nail down where the […]

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Archaeologists excavated part of the old city center of Yaroslavl, Russia, between 2005 and 2010 as part of an effort to restore its cathedral. During the digs, they discovered nine medieval mass graves holding the remains of at least 300 people, dating from the sack […]

Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank the Bahamas

Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank the Bahamas

Jason Dunion has been flying on “hurricane hunter” planes for the past 20 years to collect data on tropical storms. Yet Sunday’s flight into Hurricane Dorian was the first time he had felt the awesome power of a Category 5 storm. Dunion, a scientist at […]

What to Look for in CNN’s ‘Climate Crisis’ Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN’s ‘Climate Crisis’ Town Hall Tonight

Forget about gentle phrases like “global warming” (which sounds almost soothing, practically comfy) or even the Republican poll-tested “climate change” (hey, things change, whaddaya gonna do, right?). CNN says tonight’s epic, seven-hour live “town hall” is about the “climate crisis,” with 10 candidates for the […]

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

The science behind Hurricane Dorian, why vaping is killing mice, and how a Bugatti became the first production car to surpass 300 miles per hour. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an […]

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

Scientists at the University of Utah have made the first detailed seismic measurements of a pillar-shaped sandstone formation in Moab National Park known as Castleton Tower. The structure vibrates at two key resonant frequencies, according to a new paper in the Bulletin of the Seismological […]

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It’s Wrong

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It’s Wrong

Andrew Aubrey knows a lot about how to find methane. As a doctoral student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he developed instruments to hunt for methane and other organic compounds in lifeless environments like Antarctica, Chile’s Atacama Desert, and remote Australia. As an engineer […]

Flint, Newark, and the Persistent Crisis of Lead in Water

Flint, Newark, and the Persistent Crisis of Lead in Water

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka issued a joint statement Monday, calling on federal officials to help. “We take this very seriously,” they said. “We want to be out ahead of this.” Who’s Next? While Newark currently holds the dubious moniker […]

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

But agribusiness, under the banner of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, lobbies governments to subsidize expanding fossil-fuel-based fertilizers and commercial seeds. In Malawi, for example, 40 to 60 percent of the government’s agricultural budget funds these subsidies for farmers to purchase commercial […]

Behold the Firenado’s Twisting, Infernal Column of Flames

Behold the Firenado’s Twisting, Infernal Column of Flames

Not all meteorologists agree on what distinguishes a fire tornado from a fire whirl. Some say it’s size that sets them apart. Their magnitude can vary considerably; some are no more than a few feet high, whereas others can reach miles into the atmosphere and […]