La Palma volcano lava headed to sea

The La Palma volcano has forced thousands to evaculate. Its lava is flowing through streets, filling swimming pools, headed to the sea.

NASA drought research: Glimpsing the future

New NASA drought research is showing how the U.S. Southwest might change in the future, under different scenarios of adaptation and mitigation.

Wildfire threatens a SETI telescope in California

Wildfire threatens a SETI telescope. The Allen Telescope Array in California was built specifically for SETI. Scientists and engineers evacuated.

A new coral reef atlas you can explore

A new coral reef atlas is the first global, high-resolution map of its kind. It presents details on the composition and structure of the ocean floor.

Crepuscular rays: Photos from our readers

Those beams of light shooting out from the horizon or down from the clouds are called crepuscular rays, or sunrays. Beautiful, mysterious and very noticeable.

Shelf Cloud photos shared by readers

A shelf cloud, also known as an arcus cloud, forms at the leading edge of thunderstorms and signals that gusty winds are coming.

Aurora alert! Pair of CMEs to jolt Earth’s magnetic field

Aurora alert! A pair of coronal mass ejections will reach Earth September 1-2, 2021. Though not dangerous to satellites or the grid, they might cause auroras.

Earth’s northernmost island, found by accident

An Arctic expedition has discovered Earth's northernmost island in July. It lies north of the former title-holder, Oodaaq, off northern Greenland.

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans hurricane risk, and more

Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds on August 29, 2021, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on nearly the same path. What does climate change have to do with these powerful storms?

Can we recreate dinosaurs from their DNA?

Can we recreate dinosaurs from their DNA? Maybe we could, if dinosaur DNA still existed. But DNA breaks down after some 7 million years.