Deanna Conners

How do hurricanes get their names?

The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2020 here.

Photograph of a Lohmann Brown hen by Konstantin Nikiforov

What are zoonotic diseases and what can we do about them?

Infectious diseases that leap from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases. Covid-19 is an example of a zoonotic disease caused by a coronavirus.

Photo of a solar power plant.

Producing solar power at night

Scientists have developed a new prototype of nighttime solar cells that can produce electricity at night through a radiative cooling mechanism.

Sunrise (or sunset) along the rim of Earth.

Why do we need leap years?

If there were no leap years, eventually February would be a summer month for the Northern Hemisphere. Read more.

Photo of a white-breasted nuthatch

Great Backyard Bird Count begins February 14

Show your love for birds by joining the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count. It is free and easy to participate in this 4-day global event. Find out how here.

Bering Sea Elders discuss recent changes in the Arctic

For the first time, NOAA’s 2019 Arctic Report Card includes an indigenous perspective of the changes taking place in Arctic ecosystems.

Christmas Bird Count starts December 14

It’s time again for the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. This is the project’s 120th year! Learn how to join the count here.

Erupting volcano.

New Zealand volcano is on the Pacific Ring of Fire

Here’s information about New Zealand’s White Island volcano – which erupted on Monday, December 9 – in the context of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Photo of Water laden with algae on the shores of Pelee Island, Lake Erie, in 2009. Image Credit: Tom Archer.

Algal blooms are getting worse in lakes worldwide

In a global study that analyzed almost 30 years of satellite images of freshwater lakes, most of the lakes showed signs of worsening algal blooms.

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.