Climate scientists uncover 30-year-old temperature record

The extreme temperature in Greenland sets a new record. Credit_Huw Griffiths The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recognized a temperature of -69.6°C (-93.3°F) at an automatic weather station in Greenland on 22 December 1991 as ....

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Astronomers discover an Earth-sized ‘pi planet’ with a 3.14-day orbit

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have discovered an Earth-sized planet that zips around its star every 3.14 days. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle, Christine Daniloff, MIT In a delightful alignment of astronomy and mathematics, scientists at ....

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Too tall to live: Death of two giraffes by lightning strike suggests increased height risk

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ciska P. J. Scheijen, a conservationist at Rockwood Conservation, a nature park in South Africa, is wondering if giraffes are at greater risk of being struck by lightning due to their ....

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Supercooled water is a stable liquid, scientists show for the first time

Scientists have captured reversible changes in the structure of supercooled water for the first time, using pulsed laser heating and infrared spectroscopy. Credit: Timothy Holland, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Supercooled water is really two liquids ....

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Solar cycle 25 is here. NASA, NOAA scientists explain what that means

This split image shows the difference between an active Sun during solar maximum (on the left, captured in April 2014) and a quiet Sun during solar minimum (on the right, captured in December 2019). December ....

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‘Wrong-way’ migrations stop shellfish from escaping ocean warming

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Ocean warming is paradoxically driving bottom-dwelling invertebrates—including sea scallops, blue mussels, surfclams and quahogs that are valuable to the shellfish industry—into warmer waters and threatening their survival, a Rutgers-led study shows. ....

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Wildfires produce minerals that freeze clouds

Why do some biomass fuels create ice nucleating particles when they combust while others do not? Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies made an unexpected discovery. Credit: Pixabay Certain particles in the atmosphere ....

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Mite extinctions are occurring at least 1,000 times the ‘natural’ rate

Credit: Jean and Fred Hort Mite extinctions are occurring at least 1,000 times the natural rate—a finding a University of Queensland researcher says is another warning that global biodiversity is in deep trouble. The 1.25 ....

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