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  • Feature

    Storm Front

    Anyone waiting for Hurricane Irene on North Carolina’s coast last August might have been a little disappointed. As the storm barreled toward the Outer Banks, parka-clad TV meteorologists lined the beaches in anticipation. But instead of grinding ashore as powerfully as expected, Irene wimped out, hitting land with wind speeds about 10 percent weaker than predicted.

    05/18/2012 - 10:38
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    Dark matter search turns up empty

    Scientists using Earth-based experiments to detect particles of dark matter might now know why they keep coming up empty-handed: There may be no dark matter in the solar neighborhood — at least, not within 13,000 light-years, reports a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

    Though dark matter, a mysterious substance different from ordinary, visible...

    04/20/2012 - 16:08 Astronomy
  • News in Brief

    Atom & Cosmos

    Stormy weather for Saturn Giant planets have giant storms, and Saturn is no exception. In December, a massive thunderstorm smeared itself across the ringed world, creating a Great White Spot 17,000 kilometers across and bursting with lightning as often as 10 times each second. Intensely stormy weather occurs roughly once each Saturnian year, the equivalent of 29.5 Earth-years. Two teams of...

    07/12/2011 - 18:16 Atom & Cosmos
  • Feature

    Beyond Galileo’s universe

    Four hundred years ago, astronomy embraced all that was visible. For Galileo, looking through his primitive telescope, the vistas included jewel-like stars, mountains on the moon, moons orbiting Jupiter and the glow of comet tails. Today astronomy is often about what cannot be seen. Astronomers have known for decades that stars and galaxies are mere baubles floating on a vast sea of dark...

    05/08/2009 - 14:10 Astronomy, Atom & Cosmos
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    Tough Frills: Ferns' wimp stage aces survival test

    A textbook truism about the poor ferns being held back by a weak link in their life cycle may not be so true after all.

    The upright bursts of fronds that we think of as ferns produce unferny offspring in the form of bits of free-living, filmy, green tissue. In a pattern of alternating generations, these scraps of green create gametes that give rise to new fronds.


    11/14/2007 - 12:00 Plants