Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Nina event, study shows
The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown.
NASA launches new Orion spacecraft and new era
(AP)—NASA's new Orion spacecraft zoomed toward a high point of 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) on an orbital test flight Friday, ushering in a new era of exploration that could one day put people on Mars.
No 'permanent El Nino,' scientists say—and the tropics may get even hotter
(Phys.org) —New research by Yale University scientists challenges a long-standing paradigm for temperature variability in the Pacific Ocean, casting doubt on the existence of a past period of "permanent" ...
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth in ocean splashdown
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon supply ship left the International Space Station Thursday and hours later splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, NASA said.
Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg
Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.
Unmanned supply ship burns up on re-entry: Russian space agency
An unmanned Russian supply ship disintegrated as it plummeted to Earth on Friday after suffering a communications failure on its way to the International Space Station, in a fiery end to a mission to deliver ...
Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights
A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought
Solar plane Pacific-crossing a 'human challenge'
The pilot set to attempt an ambitious crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a solar-powered plane said on Wednesday that the flight will not only test the aircraft but his own endurance as well.
Sailing against prevailing winds, spotting big islands: Calculating how the Pacific was settled
Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and ...
'Warm blob' in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the US
The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are ...
New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins
Researchers from UH Mānoa and colleagues found that microbial communities in different regions of the Pacific Ocean displayed strikingly similar daily rhythms in their metabolism despite inhabiting extremely ...
30 years of above-average temperatures means the climate has changed
If you're younger than 30, you've never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.
Via laser into the past of the oceans
Next to global warming, ocean acidification is currently considered as the second major carbon dioxide problem. With the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere larger quantities of the gas are getting into the ...