Earth

  1. Siberian town of Verkhoyansk
    Climate

    A Siberian town hit 100 degrees, setting a new record for the Arctic Circle

    Verkhoyansk’s high temperature, which has yet to be confirmed, follows a six-month period of record heat in the region.

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  2. drone pollinating flower with bubbles
    Tech

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination

    Drones are too clumsy to rub pollen on flowers and not damage them. But blowing pollen-laden bubbles may help the machines be better pollinators.

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  3. seismograph image
    Earth

    Machine learning helped demystify a California earthquake swarm

    Computer algorithms helped scientists find that circulating groundwater probably triggered a four-year-long series of tiny quakes in Southern California.

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  4. pyrocumulonimbus cloud
    Earth

    Smoke from Australian fires rose higher into the ozone layer than ever before

    The catastrophic wildfires in Australia around New Year’s generated a massive smoke plume that still hasn’t dissipated in the stratosphere.

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  5. Indonesia forest
    Environment

    How giving cash to poor families may also save trees in Indonesia

    Indonesia’s poverty reduction program also reduced deforestation by 30 percent, researchers say.

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  6. Earth

    50 years ago, scientists were getting a better glimpse inside storms

    In 1970, experts were harnessing technologies that provided a three-dimensional picture of the inside of a storm.

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  7. mangrove forest
    Climate

    Rapid sea level rise could drown protective mangrove forests by 2100

    Mangroves have kept up with rising water so far, but new research reveals their limits.

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  8. Chicxulub impact illustration
    Earth

    Chicxulub collision put Earth’s crust in hot water for over a million years

    An asteroid impact 66 million years ago caused hot fluids to circulate in the crust, creating conditions that may have been ideal for microbial life.

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  9. a photo showing tree rings
    Climate

    ‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

    The book "Tree Story" explains how scientists decipher tree rings to discover clues about past climates and ancient civilizations.

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  10. Acropora corals in New Caledonia
    Life

    Neon colors may help some corals stage a comeback from bleaching

    When some corals bleach, they turn bright colors. Stunning hues may be part of a response that helps the corals recover and reunite with their algae.

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  11. meteorite in Antarctica
    Planetary Science

    Meteorites might be more likely to strike near the equator

    Meteorites from Antarctica have helped scientists assess the total number likely to hit Earth every year — and where they are most likely to fall.

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  12. Super-typhoon Mangkhut
    Climate

    How more powerful Pacific cyclones may be fueling global warming

    Increasingly strong storms in the North Pacific may be speeding up the fast-moving Kuroshio Current — which could bring more heat to high latitudes.

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