The Worldwatch Institute quantifies the steady decline of nuclear energy’s share of global power production, and renewable energy’s increased share.
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Stanford researchers report that the drought now crippling California is likely linked to human-caused climate change. Other researchers disagree.
New imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain’s neural structure and its vast internal connections.
Two early images from India’s MOM spacecraft. One shows an edge of Mars, with the planet’s tenuous atmosphere above. The other shows the whole planet. Beautiful!
Experts used “scenarios” to suggest global human population will stabilize around 9 billion by about 2050. A new statistical analysis tells a different story.
“There was no moment in time when a dinosaur became a bird, and there is no single missing link between them,” said Steve Brusatte, who led the study.
The mission’s emphasis has changed from drive, drive, drive to systematic layer-by-layer investigation. “Curiosity flew hundreds of millions of miles to do this.”
Up to half of the water on Earth and throughout our solar system likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.
The nearby dwarf galaxy DDO 68 – only 39 million light-years away – looks young. But its nearness to us in space suggests it’s not as young as it looks.
Arctic sea ice continued its long-term decline in 2014. Meanwhile, sea ice on the other side of the planet was headed in the opposite direction. Why?
Solar flares and CMEs – coronal mass ejections – are both gigantic explosions of energy on the sun, but they’re not the same thing. Here’s the difference.
In its first interplanetary mission, India successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday. Congratulations to India!
The exoplanet HAT P-11b – about Neptune’s size – has an atmosphere that’s cloudless at high altitudes. That’s how astronomers could identify water vapor there.
Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as temperatures warm.
T Tauri stars – infant solar systems – were thought to have powerful stellar winds. Astronomers have now observed T Tauri winds and might know what’s causing them.
Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.
Before sunrise on October 8, the bright full moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of red. It’s a total lunar eclipse that’s visible from all parts of the U.S.
This dinosaur probably didn’t have a keen sense of smell. Its big nose might have been used to attract mates, smash plants or recognize others of its species.
Sea ice in the Arctic continued its below-average trend this year as ice declined to its annual minimum. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, sea ice was at a record high.
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft – first spacecraft dedicated to exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere – successfully entered orbit on September 21, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. EDT.
It’s an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.