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The Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season Using Water Vapor from Plant Leaves

July 19, 2017 - A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water...

Bilingual babies: Study shows how exposure to a foreign language ignites infants’ learning

July 19, 2017 - For years, scientists and parents alike have touted the benefits of introducing babies to two languages: Bilingual experience has been...

The Devastating Effects in Utah of Nuclear Weapon Testing at the Nevada Test Site

July 17, 2017 - Beginning in 1951, the era of nuclear weapons testing was a time of tremendous change at both national and local...

Is this Gulf of Mexico tubeworm the longest living animal in the world?

July 17, 2017 - Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in...

New climate change model projects increase in dust storms in the US in late...

July 17, 2017 - Could the storms that once engulfed the Great Plains in clouds of black dust in the 1930's once again wreak...

Yes, the sun is an ordinary, solar-type star after all

July 13, 2017 - The Sun is a solar-type star, a new study claims -- resolving an ongoing controversy about whether the star at...

Tributes to wetter times on Mars

July 13, 2017 - A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA’s...

Forensic Fire Investigations Need More Scientific Input, AAAS Report Finds

July 12, 2017 - The American Association for the Advancement of Science released a report Tuesday on the quality of fire investigation in the...

Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg

July 12, 2017 - Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a...

Two large studies link higher coffee consumption to reduced risk for death

July 10, 2017 - Two new studies published in Annals of Internal Medicine seem to confirm the mortality benefits of higher coffee consumption. The...

Widespread snowmelt in West Antarctica during unusually warm summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio—An area of West Antarctica more than twice the size of California partially melted in 2016 when warm winds forced by an especially...

Study finds Earth’s magnetic field ‘simpler than we thought’

CORVALLIS, Ore. July 7, 2017 - Scientists have identified patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field that evolve on the order of 1,000 years, providing...

New data, advanced modeling techniques suggest extreme coastal sea levels more likely to occur

July 7, 2017 - Improving projections for how much ocean levels may change in the future and what that means for coastal communities has...

Study shows Antarctic ice sheet loss over the last 11,000 years

July 5, 2017 - Reporting this week (Wednesday 5 July) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey...

Recent past shows half a degree of warming means more extreme weather: study

June 30, 2017 - Observational records show that half a degree increase in global temperature in the recent past has resulted in substantial increases...

New data set explores 90 years of natural disasters in the US

The sun rises behind the remains of a New Jersey roller coaster destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Mel Evans Leah Platt Boustan, Princeton University; Maria Lucia...

The radiation-exposed corals of Bikini Atoll may hold insights on cancer

June 28, 2017 - More than 70 years after the U.S. tested atomic bombs on a ring of sand in the Pacific Ocean called...

Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires

June 26, 2017 - A new NASA-funded study finds that lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and...

NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Climbing Mount Sharp

June 21, 2017 - Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover...

Volcanic Crystals Give a New View of Magma

June 16, 2017 - Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano,...