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July 2021 Earth’s hottest month on record

July 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded, according to new global data released on August 13 by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

The 2021 IPCC report: What you need to know

The 2021 IPCC report released August 9, 2021, lays out the stark reality of climate change. Learn where we are headed and what we can do to prepare.

Caroline Herschel Medal to honor women astronomers

Learn about the Caroline Herschel Medal, meant to honor the contributions of women astronomers. And meet the women who helped shape astronomy.

Future sea level rise: When, where, how much?

Scientists have grown more confident about sea level rise projections for the next few decades, but competing factors make it hard to see far into the future.

Dinosaurs already in decline before asteroid?

Life was already getting harder for dinosaurs before an asteroid wiped them out.

Study sees surge in coastal flooding in 2030s

From NASA JPL. In the mid-2030s, the U.S. coast will experience increasing coastal flooding, when the lunar cycle will amplify already rising sea levels.

Snakes’ forked tongues let them smell in stereo

An evolutionary biologist explains how snakes use their tongues to collect and transport molecules to vomeronasal organs in their mouths, not to taste them, but to smell them.

Tiangong: China’s new space station. What to expect

Astronauts performed the first space walk on Tiangong, China's new space station, on July 4, 2021. They are now preparing it to be inhabited by future crews.

Pacific Northwest hit with exceptional heat

The Pacific Northwest experienced a dramatic and unprecedented heat wave in late June, 2021. Many cities reported all-time-record highs.

Big gulp! 2 black holes swallow neutron stars

What happens when black holes swallow neutron stars? Scientists could only speculate until recently. Now we have measurements of 2 such events!