How numbers can reveals hidden truths about sports
When a field-goal kicker lines up for an attempt in a football game, television viewers will typically be presented with the kicker's record from that distance—on all attempts from 40 to 49 yards, for instance. ...
NASA's Webb Telescope components meet 'Big Red'
(Phys.org)—"Big Red" isn't a golden retriever or a NASA engineer, it's the nickname for a small chamber that helps ensure equipment can withstand very cold temperatures that would be experienced in space.
Dust dries clouds by gobbling up water vapor: Scientists show how different cloud seeds can influence greenhouse effect
(Phys.org)—High in the atmosphere, cold and wispy cirrus clouds are the setting for a climate competition. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that dust particles in the atmosphere ...
White Delight: New peach varieties released for warmer climates
Southerners who have been anxiously awaiting a peach tree that will produce in warmer climates – just chill.
Coldness triggers northward flight in migrating monarch butterflies, study shows
Each fall millions of monarch butterflies from across the eastern United States begin a southward migration in order to escape the frigid temperatures of their northern boundaries, traveling up to 2,000 miles ...
Ancient wood from La Brea tar pits shows how trees respond to long-term carbon dioxide change
(Phys.org)—Say "La Brea Tar pits," and most people imagine the saber-tooth cats and woolly mammoths that were trapped on sticky asphalt (now in modern-day Los Angeles), only to have their bones preserved for the ages. But ...
MAVEN mission completes assembly, begins environmental testing
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the next mission ...
Violent Nabro eruption shown to pierce stratosphere
(Phys.org)—Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate report conclusive evidence that volcanic gases and aerosols from the explosive 2011 ...
Shimmering water reveals cold volcanic vent in Antarctic waters
The location of an underwater volcanic vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, has been revealed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
Even adaptable viruses have trouble surviving erratic temperatures
(Phys.org)—Aside from rising sea levels, many climate change models predict that in the future, the planet's temperature and weather will become increasingly erratic with wild, unpredictable storms and ...
NASA readies famous 'Chamber A' to welcome the James Webb Space Telescope
NASA's "Chamber A" thermal vacuum testing chamber famous for being used during Apollo missions has now been upgraded and remodeled to accommodate testing the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA sees remnants of Tropical Storm Oswald still strong
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that a band of thunderstorms on the eastern side of Tropical Storm Oswald's remnants still contained some punch. Oswald's remnants have triggered severe ...
Electronics like it cold, and 30 K cryocooler delivers
Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney
Temperatures in Sydney on Friday hit their highest levels since records began 150 years ago, after an Australian government agency warned of more frequent and intense heatwaves in the future.