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Will your summer will be full of mosquitoes?

Now that it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts turn to … mosquitoes! Here’s some handy info from a biologist.

Will climate change make rice less nutritious?

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants – the primary food source for more than 3 billion people – produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients. 

Why do fireflies light up?

A firefly’s familiar glow is caused by a chemical reaction. Explanation here, plus many wonderful firefly photos.

Will ‘slow earthquakes’ along central San Andreas trigger larger quakes?

“Based on our observations, we believe that seismic hazard in California is something that varies over time and is probably higher than what people have thought up to now.”

It’s summer. What’s noon to you?

What do you mean by noon? Do you define it by your clock or wristwatch? Or the gnawing in your stomach? Here’s how astronomers think about noontime.

All you need to know: June solstice 2018

Happy June solstice! Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere. Either way … a good time to celebrate!

Lake Superior sediment-heavy after torrential rains

The downpour took place last weekend in parts of the U.S. Upper Midwest – Wisconsin, Minnesota and especially northern Michigan. Satellite images show the effects on Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes of North America.

Fossils of 2 new creatures from dawn of animal life

Researchers found the 2 fossils in a South Australian fossil bed dubbed “Alice’s Restaurant Bed,” a tribute to the Arlo Guthrie song lyric “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.”

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.

Tick’s worst day ever preserved 100 million years

A bit of amber preserved a drama from 100 million years ago, an interaction between a tick and a spider.