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Research Team Predicts Multi-Year U.S. Drought and Fire Conditions

Aug. 1, 2017 - The next mega-droughts and subsequent active wildfire seasons for the western U.S. might be predictable a full year in advance,...

Severity of North Pacific storms at highest point in over 1,200 years

Aug. 24, 2017 - The intensification of winter storm activity in Alaska and Northwestern Canada started close to 300 years ago and is unprecedented...

The Larsen-C iceberg breakaway story might not be over yet

Aug. 2, 2017 - The largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula lost 10% of its area when an iceberg four times the...

Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims

Sept. 13, 2017 - An analysis of flood claims in several southeast Houston suburbs from 1999-2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year...

Hubble’s fireball

August 15, 2016 - This dramatic burst of colour shows a cosmic object with an equally dramatic history. Enveloped within striking, billowing clouds of...

Humans have dramatically increased extent, duration of wildfire season

Feb. 28, 2017 - Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the U.S. in recent decades and ignited more...

1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 9, 2016 -- A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have...

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain may be possible cause of...

Sept. 7, 2016 - Tiny magnetic particles from air pollution have for the first time been discovered to be lodged in human brains– and...

Forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Sept. 20, 2017 - Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the...

Satellites confirm sinking of San Francisco tower

November 25, 2016 - The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the centre of San Francisco is sinking by a...

Attacks, Crashes Underscore Need for New 911 Systems

March 24, 2017 - A recent rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save...

Road salt can change sex ratios in frog populations, study says

Nov. 22, 2016 - Naturally occurring chemicals found in road salts commonly used to de-ice paved surfaces can alter the sex ratios in nearby...

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,...

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...

World’s largest study shows effects of air pollution and traffic noise on blood pressure

Oct. 26, 2016 - Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure, according to the largest study...

Bilinguals have a double advantage as they age

Jan. 10, 2017 - New research findings show that bilingual people are great at saving brain power, that is. To do a task, the...

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Cryo-electron microscopy explained (video)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2017 - Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson have claimed this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The trio earned the...

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...

Antibiotic gel helps prevent onset of Lyme borreliosis following a tick bite

Dec. 20, 2016 - An antibiotic gel based on azithromycin, an antibiotic with antibacterial properties, helps to prevent the onset of Lyme borreliosis following...