Sci/Tech

The science behind the polar vortex

January 29, 2019 - The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding the Earth's North and South poles....

Plastic pollution causes mussels to lose grip

Jan 29, 2019 - A new study shows that microplastics are affecting the ability of mussels to attach themselves to their surroundings - potentially...

Study: Climate change reshaping how heat moves around globe

Jan. 29, 2019 - The Earth’s atmosphere and oceans play important roles in moving heat from one part of the world to another, and...

Extreme weather and geopolitics are major drivers of increasing ‘food shock’

January 28, 2019 - Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of “food shocks,” or sudden losses in food production, with most...

Fire-Induced Storms: A New Danger from the Rise in Wildfires

January 28, 2019 - Early in the evening of August 12, 2017, heat and smoke from an intense wildfire burning in the forests of...

Seeing double could help resolve dispute about how fast the universe is expanding

Jan. 22, 2019 - The question of how quickly the universe is expanding has been bugging astronomers for almost a century. Different studies keep...

Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth

Jan. 23, 2019 - Most of Earth’s essential elements for life — including most of the carbon and nitrogen in you — probably came...

Where is Earth’s submoon?

Pasadena, CA, Jan. 23 2019 - "Can moons have moons?" This simple question -- asked by the four-year old son of Carnegie's Juna Kollmeier --...

Famous freak wave recreated in laboratory mirrors Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ (VIDEO)

Jan. 22, 2019  -The Draupner wave was one of the first confirmed observations of a freak wave in the ocean; it was observed on...

Earth and Moon pummelled by more asteroids since the age of the dinosaurs began

January 22, 2019 - The number of asteroids colliding with the Earth and Moon has increased by up to three times over the past...

On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk — even if you don’t...

Jan. 22, 2019 - A new study shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It's controlled by the people around you. Individual...

Greenland ice melting four times faster than in 2003, study finds

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 21, 2019 - Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought--and will likely lead to faster sea level rise--thanks to the...

HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the US

Jan. 17, 2019 - Only about 16 percent of U.S. adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn...

Fraction of U.S. outpatient treatment centers offer medication for opioid addiction

January 15, 2019 - Despite the mounting death toll of America’s opioid crisis, only a minority of facilities that treat substance use disorders offer...

How does the freeze-thaw cycle impact soil?

January 15, 2019 - Winter soil freezes, heaves, and moves! The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Jan. 15 Soils Matter blog looks at...

Team of telescopes finds X-ray engine inside mysterious supernova

January 11, 2019 - ESA’s high-energy space telescopes Integral and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of...

Oxford: A century and a half of reconstructed ocean warming offers clues for the...

Jan. 8, 2019 - Over the past century, increased greenhouse gas emissions have given rise to an excess of energy in the Earth system....

Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope

January 8, 2019 - Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located...

Fewer monarch butterflies are reaching their overwintering destination

Jan. 2, 2019 - Arguably, one of the world's most famous insects, the monarch butterfly, is currently experiencing dire problems with its migration in...

Seagrass saves beaches and money

Jan 2, 2019 - Seagrass beds are so effective in protecting tropical beaches from erosion, that they can reduce the need for regular, expensive...