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Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This animation, made from satellite data, shows carbon monoxide from the state’s massive wildfires drifting eastward all the way across the U.S.

What’s causing Florida’s algae crisis? 5 questions answered

Red tides and a blue-green algae outbreak are fouling hundreds of miles of coast, killing fish and driving tourists from beaches. Some causes are natural, but human actions also play a role.

Want to trick your ears?

You’ll enjoy this video of audio illusions from the guys at AsapSCIENCE. Can you understand the talking piano?

A spacecraft to touch the sun

Launch of the daredevil Parker Solar Probe – which will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft in human history – has been delayed until Sunday, August 12.

How NASA will shield solar probe from crazy heat

The Parker Solar Probe, expected to launch Saturday, will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft in human history. How will the spacecraft withstand the heat?

Prehistoric mass graves linked to tsunamis

“We were able to make a strong case for many of these sites being related to major tsunamis, as opposed to more standard explanations like warfare or an epidemic.”

2017 was 3rd warmest year on record, says international report

According to the annual State of the Climate report, 2017 was the globe’s 3rd-warmest year on record, behind 2016 (1st) and 2015. Earth also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations and rises in sea level.

Why wildfires are bigger and harder to control

It’s a perfect storm of factors – including climate change, development, past forest management policies and current firefighting practices, says forestry expert.

Which lizards can outlast a hurricane?

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, researchers document how catastrophic storms can be agents of natural selection, influencing how species evolve.

Space-based solar power: How close to reality?

The technology is further along than you might think for capturing solar energy in space – where the sun always shines – and beaming it to Earth.

The vanishing of the 1st American dogs

“It is fascinating that a huge population of dogs that inhabited all corners of the Americans for thousands of years could have disappeared so rapidly.”

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Apollo and the moon-landing hoax

Why do people persist in denying that human beings landed on the moon?

Today in science: 1st footsteps on moon

Today is the 49th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.

Is the moon toxic to humans?

When the Apollo astronauts returned from the moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive particles, but how toxic is it for humans?

Whoa! Flash flood footage from Utah

Amazing flash flood footage from Utah, July 16, 2018.

Ghostly neutrino caught in South Pole ice ushers in a new astronomy

Last week, scientists announced the 1st known source for ghostly, high-energy neutrinos. The source is a blazar, a billion-solar-mass black hole 3.7 billion light-years away. The discovery establishes a new way to study the universe.

Scared yet? 2018 has 2 Friday 13ths

This Friday the 13th comes exactly 13 weeks after 2018’s first Friday the 13th, in April. The whats, whens and whys of Friday the 13th.

From Pluto, Earth to transit sun on July 12

Earth transits seen from Pluto are rare. The last one happened in 1931, a year after Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. It won’t happen again for 161 years.

Pluto: Preparing for the perfect alignment

Here’s how and why astronomers plan to aim the Hubble Space Telescope and several ground-based telescopes toward Pluto around the July 12 Earth transit.