Category: Science

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

One of the more terrifying elements of climate change is the uncertainty of it all. You start with the big picture of a warming planet, but as you zoom in you find ever more climatic and geological and biological systems...

/ July 17, 2019

This Summer’s Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

The town of Gallargues-le-Montueux, on the ride from Montpellier to Marseille along France’s Mediterranean coast, got the worst of the heat: over 114 degrees F, even hotter than during an infamous 2003 French heat wave. The whole country—the whole continent—sweltered...

/ July 8, 2019

Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

Kenneth Golden, a mathematician at the University of Utah, was perusing images of Arctic sea ice when he noticed a pattern that seemed familiar. When seen from above, the melting sea ice looked like a field of white mottled with...

/ July 5, 2019

15 of the most remarkable trees in America

From the world's largest to ones that were here long before the Mayflower, these noble trees are nothing less than U.S. national treasures. While they aren't celebrated as much as they should be, few things are as iconic as a...

/ July 3, 2019

The Blazing Science of This Year’s Total Solar Eclipse

Tomorrow afternoon at 12:55 pm ET, a total solar eclipse will streak across lower South America, giving thousands of eclipse enthusiasts—and millions of first-timers—gathered in Chile and Argentina an otherworldly thrill. And it will give scientists the opportunity to study...

/ July 2, 2019

California heatwave cooks mussels in their shells

Exposed by low tide and bereft of a cooling breeze, the mollusks overheated to the point of cooking.Context is everything when it comes to cooked mussels. In a bowl, served in a white wine-garlic sauce with a crusty baguette for...

/ July 1, 2019

The real reason some people are growing horns from their skulls

As a species, humans don't respond to sweeping changes especially well. This certainly holds true for new technologies, which often fill people with uncertainty, suspicion, or a sense of foreboding that borders on being superstitious. Atlantic contributor Adrienne LaFrance noted that...

/ June 28, 2019

Grandmother, grandfather among rare whales who’ve died in 3 weeks

Already suffering a perilous decline, the deaths of 4 North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this month doesn't bode well for the species.Pity the whales. These majestic gentle giants rule the seas, but they're having a...

/ June 27, 2019

Photos of nature proving its resilience

No matter how hard we may try to tame her, Mother Nature always comes back to claim her turf. Humans are just the weirdest animals. We have this gorgeous, generous planet thriving with life, and all we seem to do...

/ June 15, 2019

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

The image is hard to look at now without crying: a thick red scar, carved across Gabriele Grunewald’s midriff as she flies around the track. At first it looks like it shouldn’t be there; perhaps it’s just an out-of-place shadow....

/ June 14, 2019

How Kevin Durant Got Hurt, Why Coffee May Soon Be Gone, and More News

We talked to medical experts about what really happened with Kevin Durant's Achilles tendon, we learned what foods you can kiss goodbye thanks to climate change, and we put together a list of Father's Day deals you can still get...

/ June 13, 2019

Scientists Getting Closer to “Smart Dust” Brain Implants That Communicate Via Wireless Network

By Nicholas West Neural Dust – “Smart Dust” – previously entered mainstream discussion via the 2016 Independent article: “Tiny implant could connect humans and machines like never before.” It was implied to be a new technology that can wirelessly link...

/ June 13, 2019

Wine has barely changed since Roman times, and that’s a problem

Lack of diversity makes grapes vulnerable to climate change.The ancient Romans were great lovers of wine. They developed viticulture throughout what's now Italy and ensured that everyone, from slaves to aristocrats, had access to wine on a daily basis. Scientists...

/ June 11, 2019

The Arctic coastline is falling into the sea

In 40 days over the summer, the coast had retreated by 14.5 meters, sometimes more than a meter a day."The Arctic is the most rapidly warming region on Earth," begins a new study just published in The Cryosphere. "Increasing temperatures...

/ June 7, 2019

11 enlightening facts about the ocean

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean." –Arthur C. ClarkeIt's a profound thing to consider: 70 percent of the the planet's surface is covered in the continuous body of saltwater known as the ocean....

/ June 7, 2019

The poor whales can’t get away from all our plastic trash

The dead ones washing up on beaches are "just the tip of the iceberg."Canadians are celebrating the birth of a baby orca off the coast of British Columbia. The tiny calf was seen swimming with its mother and another female...

/ June 7, 2019

Humans ingest at least 50,000 plastic particles a year

Food is contaminated with plastic, which means it's going directly into our bodies.If you have resisted giving up bottled water for any reason, this should change your mind. A new study estimates that people who drink bottled water ingest 90,000...

/ June 6, 2019

The moon keeps flashing, and nobody knows why

The so-called 'transient lunar phenomena' has been stumping scientists for years – but an explanation may be in the works.At a mere 240,000 miles away, you'd think we would have figured out everything there is to know about Earth's little...

/ June 4, 2019

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

A group of undergraduates from the University of Southern California became the first students ever to launch a rocket into space, as WIRED reported last week. The rocket, Traveler IV, reached an altitude of 339,800 feet and a top speed...

/ May 31, 2019

Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the bottom of most of it. That could change with the craft and techniques created during the Ocean Discovery Xprize, which...

/ May 31, 2019