Tempest-from-hell seen on Saturn
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth.
Climate change to continue to year 3000 in best case scenarios: research
New research indicates the impact of rising CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1000 years, causing researchers to estimate a collapse of the West Antar ...
Taking a second look at evidence for the 'varying' fine-structure constant
Research team projects wind and wave changes as planet heats up
Comet ISON shaping up to be a spectacular display
How the ice ages ended
A study of sediment cores collected from the deep ocean supports a new explanation for how glacier melting at the end of the ice ages led to the release of carbon dioxide from the ocean.
The many moods of Titan
(PhysOrg.com) -- A set of recent papers, many of which draw on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveal new details in the emerging picture of how Saturn's moon Titan shifts with the seasons and even throughout ...
Asteroid Vesta's mysterious olivine
(Phys.org) —Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated.
Arctic ice loss amplified Superstorm Sandy violence
(Phys.org) —If you believe that last October's Superstorm Sandy was a freak of nature—the confluence of unusual meteorological, atmospheric and celestial events—think again.
Japan mini-satellite to flash code from space
A palm-sized Japanese satellite in orbit around Earth will flash a Morse code message that will be visible around the world from next month, the mission commander said Friday.
Is the ozone layer on the road to recovery?
(Phys.org)—Satellites show that the recent ozone hole over Antarctica was the smallest seen in the past decade. Long-term observations also reveal that Earth's ozone has been strengthening following international ...
Weather extremes provoked by trapping of giant waves in atmosphere
The world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes in recent years, such as the heat wave in the United States in 2011 or the one in Russia 2010 coinciding with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. ...
Northern hemisphere losing last dry snow region, says study
(Phys.org) —Last July, something unprecedented in the 34-year satellite record happened: 98 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet's surface melted, compared to roughly 50 percent during an average summer. ...
Comet making closest approach ever of Earth (Update)
A recently discovered comet is closer than it's ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it.