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February 21 2014

11:30

The Return of the Polar Vortex Is Actually a Good Thing

The Return of the Polar Vortex Is Actually a Good Thing
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, here comes a new bout of cold weather blasting the Midwest and eastern half of the U.S. And though many like to think this perpetually dark and frozen winter they ...
    






February 20 2014

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February 12 2014

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January 10 2014

15:00

Mysterious Microscopic Bubbles Baffle Ocean Scientists

Mysterious Microscopic Bubbles Baffle Ocean Scientists
Cyanobacteria account for about 10% of all photosynthesis on Earth, which forms the base of the food chain and provides the atmosphere with oxygen. Now, researchers have found that cyanobacteria may play an even bigger role in the ecosystem than ...
    






January 03 2014

20:29

The Impressive Aftermath of the East Coast Blizzard Seen From Space

The Impressive Aftermath of the East Coast Blizzard Seen From Space
The blizzard that has been pummeling the East Coast since yesterday has dumped a thick, white blanket over a huge swath of land. Today, NASA's Terra satellite took this true-color image of the storm's aftermath.
    






December 26 2013

13:00

The Most Amazing Images NASA Took of Earth From Space This Year

The Most Amazing Images NASA Took of Earth From Space This Year
NASA's fleet of satellites took a slew of beautiful images of Earth this year. From erupting volcanoes and wildfire scars to idyllic islands and surreal cloud formations, here are our favorites.
    






December 16 2013

17:54

Icy Europa May Be First Alien World With Active Plate Tectonics

Icy Europa May Be First Alien World With Active Plate Tectonics
Scientists may have spotted the first evidence for active plate tectonics on another world. Jupiter's moon Europa is covered in an ice crust bearing scars that may reveal movement similar to that of Earth's rocky plates
    






December 06 2013

11:30

These Are Some of the Year’s Best Images of Earth From Space

These Are Some of the Year’s Best Images of Earth From Space
I never get tired of looking at satellite imagery. There's always something new, amazing and surprising to see. This year, Digital Globe captured a slew of incredible scenes of our planet. I can only imagine how hard it was to narrow their ...
    






November 28 2013

11:30

On the Next Thanksgivukkah the World Will Be Cold, Strange, and Ruled by Super-Turkeys

On the Next Thanksgivukkah the World Will Be Cold, Strange, and Ruled by Super-Turkeys
As you’ve probably heard, Thanksgivukkah is the collision of a secular American holiday, Thanksgiving, with a historical and religious Jewish one, Hanukkah. This festive overlap is rarer than a planetary alignment, having occured just a couple times in history. And ...
    






November 25 2013

17:15

The Window: Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt

The Window: Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt
Take a look inside the first commercial-scale solar energy plant to use nothing more than the sun, molten salt, and a whole lot of mirrors to send power to the people. If the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy facility works as ...
    






11:30

This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading

This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading
"There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil," says Bill Gates. Here's why...
    






November 08 2013

22:17

How Super Typhoon Haiyan Compares to Some of the Worst Storms in History

How Super Typhoon Haiyan Compares to Some of the Worst Storms in History
Super Typhoon Haiyan is hitting the Philippines. How does it compare to some of history's most ferocious recorded storms?
    






November 04 2013

11:30

These Are Some of the Most Amazing Views of Earth You’ll Ever See

These Are Some of the Most Amazing Views of Earth You’ll Ever See
I have looked at a lot of different views of Earth from space -- taken by astronauts, satellites and other spacecraft -- so I was not expecting to be all that impressed by the images collected into a new book ...
    






September 27 2013

17:12

Images From Space Confirm Pakistan Earthquake Created New Island

Images From Space Confirm Pakistan Earthquake Created New Island
We now have confirmation from space that a new island has formed off the coast of Pakistan. Yesterday, NASA sent their Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite to check on the situation, and it took the picture on the right above (and ...
    






September 20 2013

00:00

[Perspective] Causes of the Cambrian Explosion

The rapid diversification of animal species in the early Cambrian was the result of a range of interacting biotic and abiotic processes. Authors: M. Paul Smith, David A. T. Harper

July 15 2013

13:30

Listen to a Volcano Scream Just Before It Erupts

Listen to a Volcano Scream Just Before It Erupts
Scientists are used to a seismic brouhaha rising up from the molten depths before a volcano blows its top. But the moments before the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano were different. The Earth began to scream. Using sonified seismic data ...
    


June 13 2013

19:55

Strange, Glowing Night Clouds Continue to Spread

Strange, Glowing Night Clouds Continue to Spread
Just after summer sunsets in northern latitudes, shimmering, wispy clouds appear in the twilight sky. This year, these noctilucent clouds have appeared earlier and farther south than ever before.
    


June 12 2013

19:37

Video: Alien Invasion? No, It’s Just a Massive Supercell Storm

Video: Alien Invasion? No, It’s Just a Massive Supercell Storm
The stunning video above shows a mighty supercell thunderstorm captured by Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski on June 3. Olbinski has been trying to capture one of these elusive squalls for four years. “It looked like some UFO or something spinning ...
    

June 05 2013

17:05

Video: Peeling Back the Ice of Antarctica

Video: Peeling Back the Ice of Antarctica
Check out the most detailed map of a continent never truly seen by human eyes: the de-iced surface of Antarctica. By peeling back the frozen ice sheet and studying the land beneath, researchers can get a better sense of how ...

May 15 2013

22:33

What It’s Like to Be the New Landsat Earth-Observing Satellite

Come fly with the new Landsat satellite as it records images over a 9,000-kilometer swath of Earth, and zoom in on any point along the way with a Gigapan version of the trip.
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