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  1. Hawaii's Big Island
    Earth

    How Kilauea’s lava fed a massive phytoplankton bloom

    Kilauea’s heavy flow of lava into the ocean in 2018 added both food and heat to fuel a sudden bloom of ocean algae.

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  2. Hurricane Dorian radar image
    Earth

    Hurricane Dorian’s slow pace makes it dangerous and hard to predict

    Hurricane Dorian is one of several recent hurricanes that moved extremely slowly. Whether that's due to climate change isn't yet clear.

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  3. Earth illustration
    Earth

    How ancient oceans of magma may have boosted Earth’s oxygen levels

    Chemical reactions involving iron could have increased the amount of oxygen-rich compounds in the early Earth’s mantle, lab experiments suggest.

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  4. diatom
    Earth

    Ocean acidification could weaken diatoms’ glass houses

    Ocean acidification may lead to smaller, lighter diatoms in seawater, which could also shrink how much carbon the tiny ocean algae can help sequester.

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  5. coral
    Life

    How a newly identified bacterium saps corals of their energy

    A parasitic bacterium that preys on corals quickly reproduces when it senses more nutrients in its host.

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  6. Amazon fire
    Earth

    Brazil’s Amazon has burned this badly before. This year’s fires are still bad

    An environmental scientist discusses possible impacts from the thousands of fires burning across the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

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  7. asteroid
    Science & Society

    ‘End Times’ explores the catastrophic events that could kill us all

    A new book looks at the threats that could wipe out humankind and what can be done to counteract them.

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  8. a map showing El Niño over the Pacific Ocean
    Climate

    Climate change may make El Niño and La Niña less predictable

    Atlantic Niñas and Niños have been fairly reliable bellwethers for severe El Niño and La Niña events in the Pacific. A warming world may change that.

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  9. spiders in a tree
    Animals

    Why one biologist chases hurricanes to study spider evolution

    For more rigorous spider data, Jonathan Pruitt rushes into the paths of hurricanes.

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