A nameless grasshopper, found via social media

Old photos on social media helped citizen scientists discover a new species of nameless grasshopper. Its nickname is "the nameless Scaria."

Why do pine trees smell good?

Pine trees - as well as spruce and fir, all Christmas tree favorites - produce chemicals called terpenes, giving them their special, distinctive scent.

Atmospheric lakes bring much-needed rain

Atmospheric lakes form in the Indian Ocean and bring much-needed rain to dry areas of Africa's eastern coast. They are peaceful cousins to atmospheric rivers.

Barreleye fish shows a transparent head

On December 9, 2021, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shared this rare video of a barreleye fish, or Macropinna microstoma.

Hole punch clouds are made by jets. Photos here

Hole punch clouds are a type of cloud that features a flat cloud layer interrupted by a big hole, often with wisps at the center, created by aircraft.

December tornadoes: What caused the deadly US outbreak?

December tornadoes in a historic outbreak overnight from December 10 to 11, 2021, may have produced the longest-track tornado on record.

Is the Oregon earthquake swarm tapering off?

The USGS Latest Earthquakes page is displaying more than 40 small-to-moderate earthquakes on December 7 and 8, 2021, off the coast of Oregon.

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

Expect higher-than-usual tides a day or two after the December 3-4, 2021, total eclipse of the sun. The moon will be both new and closest to Earth.

Intense storms from global warming, and a mission to study them

Have you noticed that, as climate warms, we're having more intense storms? NASA's upcoming INCUS mission will investigate.

Hurricanes expected to linger over cities in US Northeast

More hurricanes - like Sandy in 2021 - could be in the East Coast's future, potentially costing billions of dollars in damage and economic losses.