Astronomers thrilled by extreme storms on Uranus
The normally bland face of Uranus has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet's hazy blue-green ...
NASA considers possibilities for manned mission to Venus
What is the upper limit for massive stars?
Yesterday I mentioned that hypernovae (super-supernovae) are the result of the explosion of a star that's about as massive as a star can be (about 150-200 solar masses). But how exactly do we know that t ...
Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Update)
Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say.
How do we terraform Venus?
It might be possible to terraform Venus some day, when our technology gets good enough. The challenges for Venus are totally different than for Mars. How will we need to fix Venus?
Research confirms how global warming links to carbon emissions
Research by the University of Liverpool has identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted.
The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 warmest year on record
For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.
Students aim to put cyanobacteria on Mars to generate oxygen
Mars is a very harsh and hostile environment for future human explorers and like any other known planet it has no breathable air. That could change someday, and it may be soon enough for our generation to ...
New study confirms water vapor as global warming amplifier
A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier ...
Venus Express spacecraft, low on fuel, does delicate dance above doom below
It's been an interesting year for Venus Express. A few months ago, controllers deliberately dipped the spacecraft into the atmosphere of the planet—for science purposes, of course. The daring maneuver was ...
Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought
A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought.
Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed
(Phys.org) —While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features ...
Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA
A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA said Wednesday that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown ...
World breaks monthly heat record two times in a row (Update)
The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.