Sci/Tech

2019 ‘Dead Zone’ May be the Second Largest on Record

BATON ROUGE, June 10, 2019 - A recent forecast of the size of the “Dead Zone” in the northern Gulf of Mexico for late...

New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

RIVERSIDE, CA June 10, 2019 - Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a...

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

June 7, 2019 - A study suggests that climate change could soon eliminate an atmospheric barrier that protects much of the U.S. East Coast...
Top of Mauna Loa Observatory 2019 Susan Cobb - NOAA photo

NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere hit record high in May

June 4, 2019 - Atmospheric carbon dioxide continued its rapid rise in 2019, with the average for May peaking at 414.7 parts per million (ppm)...

Researchers estimate the amount of microplastics consumed by Americans each year

June 5, 2019 - Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although...

Downpours of torrential rain more frequent with global warming

June 4, 2019 - The frequency of downpours of heavy rain--which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease--has increased across...

Patagonia ice sheets thicker than previously thought, study finds

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2019 – After conducting a comprehensive, seven-year survey of Patagonia, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and partner institutions in...

ESO contributes to protecting Earth from dangerous asteroids

June 3, 2019 - The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) coordinated a cross-organisational observing campaign of the asteroid 1999 KW4 as it flew by...

More democracy: A second chance for climate politics

May 30, 2019 - Hope was high when the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted 2015. Under the agreement, countries pledged to keep global warming...

Researcher explores the ecological links connecting all living things, from top predators to microbes

SANTA BARBARA, CA, May 29, 2019 - Tigers or termites? Blue whales or bacteria? Fishes or fungi? Large and rare or small and abundant?...

The Periodic Table: It’s More than Just Chemistry and Physics

May 28, 2019 - This is the International Year of the Periodic Table, and while I’ve been (accurately) accused of being a physics fanboy, I’m...

WMO: Strong El Niño this year appears unlikely

May 28, 2019 - A strong El Niño event during 2019 appears unlikely, according to a new World Meteorological Organization Update, which is based...

Ain’t No River Wide Enough

May 24, 2019 - Picture a languid river winding its way through a fertile plain, on its journey to the sea. For over half a...

Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth’s Oceans

May 23, 2019 - The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our "blue marble" to support an astounding array of life,...

NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

May 23, 2019 - NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. This outlook forecasts...

Study: Antibiotics Proposed for Pesticide Use by Trump EPA Can Facilitate Resistance in Lethal...

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019— A federal study has found that medically important antibiotics the EPA has proposed to re-approve for expanded pesticide use on...

Study Finds New Wrinkles on Earth’s Moon

May 13, 2019 - Billions of years ago, Earth's Moon formed vast basins called "mare" (pronounced MAR-ay). Scientists have long assumed these basins were dead,...

Glassy menagerie of particles in beach sands near Hiroshima is fallout debris

May 13, 2019 - Mario Wannier, a career geologist with expertise in studying tiny marine life, was methodically sorting through particles in samples of...

How Uber and other digital platforms could trick us using behavioral science – unless...

Your location isn’t all it knows. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Abbey Stemler, Indiana University; Joshua E. Perry, Indiana University, and Todd Haugh, Indiana University May 10, 2019 -...

WHO: Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050

NEW YORK, May 6, 2019 - UN, international agencies and experts released a groundbreaking report demanding immediate, coordinated and ambitious action to avert a...