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Whanganui Journey, New Zealand (Great Walks Episode 3 of 9)

Abel Tasman Coast Track, New Zealand (Great Walks Episode 4 of 9)

Heaphy Track, New Zealand (Great Walks Episode 5 of 9)

Milford Track, New Zealand (Great Walks Episode 7 of 9)

Britain awaits worst storm in five years

The worst storm in five years hit England and Wales on Sunday night, bringing heavy rain, high winds and the threat of flooding and travel chaos.<p>The Met Office reported winds of 93mph on the Isle of Wight in the early hours of Monday.<p>Winds of more than 80mph could leave a trail of destruction …

How does lightning form and how do we detect it?

How does the climate system work?

What are weather fronts?

What is the jet stream and how does it work?

What is Sudden Stratospheric Warming?

Why does it rain?

How does snow form?

UK death toll mounts as St Jude storm leaves trail of destruction

A huge operation is under way to try and restore power to thousands of homes and reopen transport networks after storm-force winds left four dead and cut a path of destruction across a vast swath of southern England.<p>At least four people were killed in separate incidents, after trees were felled by …

Travel warnings as UK braced for severe storm and rain<p><b>Commuters are being warned of travel disruption on Monday as a storm bringing severe gale-force winds starts moving across England and Wales.</b><p>Train …


Was the Early Moon Made of Magma 'Mush'?

LONDON — The young moon may have been a magma "mush" for hundreds of millions of years before it solidified, a scientist says.<p>The idea, presented at …


Watching Earth's winds, on a shoestring

Built with spare parts and without a moment to spare, the International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat isn't your average NASA Earth science …

The sinkhole that swallowed a swamp

Everyone in the state of Louisiana knows about the Bayou Corne sinkhole. It even shows up on Google Maps. But it still took a year for the crisis to get national attention, by which time the pit of brackish water was 24 acres across. And when the nation finally turned its eye on Bayou Corne, it …

Global ocean currents explain why Northern Hemisphere is the soggier one

UW News<p>A quick glance at a world precipitation map shows that most tropical rain falls in the Northern Hemisphere. The Palmyra Atoll, at 6 degrees …

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Jellyfish are taking over the seas, and it might be too late to stop them

Last week, Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant, which supplies 10% of the country’s energy, had to shut down one of its three reactors after a jellyfish invasion clogged the piping of its cooling system. The invader, a creature called a moon jellyfish, is 95% water and has no brain. Not what …


Giving net lessons to the world’s poorest

We are in the midst of an online education revolution, aimed at benefiting us all. But how do we help the two-thirds of the population with no internet access – that is, those who would benefit the most from access to these tools?<p>The last few years has witnessed a revolution in online learning, …

Conformal Maps

Most people are familiar with basic functions like \(y=x^2\), and recognize its graph as the standard parabola. One thing we often don't consider is …

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Halloween witch: is a travel sickness drug behind flying broomstick myth?

Scopolamine, an ingredient of over-the-counter remedies, could be at the root of stories about witches riding broomsticks<p>At Halloween, images of witches flying across the night sky astride broomsticks are everywhere. The myth that witches could fly with the help of their broomsticks has been around …