NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere
Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing ...
Cassini suggests icing on a Titan lake
(Phys.org)—It's not exactly icing on a cake, but it could be icing on a lake. A new paper by scientists on NASA's Cassini mission finds that blocks of hydrocarbon ice might decorate the surface of existing ...
The world inside a Spanish globe (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—Study of a mysterious 100-year-old interactive toy – perhaps the Wikipedia of its day – is painting a vivid picture of Spain's path into the modern world.
An older Vega: New insights about the star all others are measured by
Vega, a star astronomers have used as a touchstone to measure other stars' brightness for thousands of years, may be more than 200 million years older than previously thought. That's according to new findings ...
Researchers reveal scary news for corals from the Ice Age
There is growing scientific concern that corals could retreat from equatorial seas and oceans as the Earth continues to warm, a team of international marine researchers warned today.
Missing data on Earth's magnetic field is in the oven
Arctic becoming warmer, greener region with record losses of summer sea ice and late spring snow
The Arctic region continued to break records in 2012—among them the loss of summer sea ice, spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet. This was true even though air temperatures in the Arctic ...
Snow cover hits record lows
(Phys.org)—Santa Claus may someday need wheels for his sleigh – satellites show a decreasing amount of snow in the Northern Hemisphere.
Arctic sea ice larger than US melted this year
(AP)—An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the U.N. weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening "before our eyes."
Researchers analyze future snowpack decline from California to the Himalayas
(Phys.org)—Snowpack, an essential source of drinking water and agricultural irrigation for billions of people, could shrink significantly within the next 30 years, according to a study led by Stanford climate ...
What's baking on Saturn's moon Titan?
(Phys.org)—Radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal some new curiosities on the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan, including a nearly circular feature that resembles a giant hot cross ...
Entomologist helps Asian farmers fend off papaya mealybug
A Virginia Tech researcher found sticky residue on a papaya leaf in Indonesia in the spring of 2008, a discovery that would help him save the livelihoods of thousands of farmers in Asia.
CubeSats launched from the space station
Five tiny CubeSats were deployed from the International Space Station on Thursday and astronaut Chris Hadfield called the image above "surreal" on Twitter. And rightly so, as they look like a cross between ...
Weather-making high-pressure systems predicted to intensify as a result of increasing greenhouse-gas concentrations
(Phys.org)—High-pressure systems over oceans, which largely determine the tracks of tropical cyclones and hydrological extremes in much of the northern hemisphere, are likely to intensify this century, according to a Duke ...