Deanna Conners
Face of a fierce-looking owl.

Night vision specialists: cats, bats, and owls

Three spooky Halloween animals see better at night than we do. Here’s how they do it.

Why Earth has 4 seasons

Some assume our planet’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That’s logical, but not the case for Earth.

Today in science: Happy birthday Albert J. Myer

As you check your local weather forecast today, give a nod to Albert J. Myer, born on this date in 1828, who helped to establish the US National Weather Service.

Photo showing the extent of the summer dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico according to sampling data

Large 2019 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

This year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters is the 8th largest ever recorded.

Corals spreading to subtropical waters

While coral populations are declining in tropical waters, scientists have just detected an increase in subtropical areas, which could be good news for corals.

Photo showing a volcanically active area in Hawaii

US revamps volcano early warning system

There are 161 active volcanoes in the United States, more than 1/3 of which have been classified as posing a high threat to nearby communities. A new law aims to improve volcano monitoring.

Scuba diver under water.

How to celebrate World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day is Saturday, June 8. Celebrate! Plan or find an event. Participate on social media. Or … just go to the beach. Some ideas for participating here.

Photo showing the eyewall of Hurricane Michael

How do hurricanes get their names?

The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2019 here.

Photo of an unfolding leaf.

Springtime in northern Europe starting earlier and earlier

New analyses of satellite data show that the start of the spring growing season in northern Europe has advanced by 0.3 days per year from 2000 to 2016.

Today in science: Bingham Canyon landslide

On April 10, 2013, one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the history of North America took place at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah.