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A year later, scientists keep listening to gravitational waves, the soundtrack of the cosmos

By Joel Achenbach<p>Joel Achenbach<p>Reporter covering science and politics<p>Email Bio<p>LIVINGSTON, La. — The speed limit on the LIGO access road is 10 mph, which is preposterously slow, particularly after you’ve spent the last hour hurtling across the bayou country on elevated freeways. You have to creep …

LIGO

Greenland's Coastal Ice Caps Have Melted Past The Point Of No Return

Coastal ice has passed a critical "tipping point," a new study shows. And it doesn't bode well for the rest of the island's ice.<p>Even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to deny the urgency of climate change, an international team of researchers has revealed how global warming …

The Keto Casserole Recipes You've Been Looking For

These might be low carb, but they're fully delicious.<p>One of the easiest ways to eat low-carb while filling up on the fats you want is with casseroles. If you’re following the keto diet (short for ketogenic), which cuts back big-time on carbohydrates, casseroles are going to be your best friend. Not …

The Arctic is showing stunning winter warmth, and these scientists think they know why

Last month, temperatures in the high Arctic spiked dramatically, some 36 degrees Fahrenheit above normal -- a move that corresponded with record low …

Global Warming

A cosmic megamaser

This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it is a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million …

NASA Uses Laser-Equipped Satellite To Study Boom-And-Bust Cycles Of Polar Phytoplanktons

Scientists believe that studying the behavior of phytoplanktons — the microscopic plants that live on or near the surface of oceans — in the polar …

The planet is heating up faster than species can migrate

Wildfires did not destroy these trees — climate change did.<p>The trees can't survive where it's hot, so many have moved to higher elevations, where it is cooler.<p>But if the heat keeps rising, they will die there too, and eventually no longer exist.<p>"They can't cope with the conditions," says John J. …

The Year In Science: From Gravitational Waves To CRISPR, Here Are The Biggest Science Newsmakers Of 2016

2016 has been, to put it mildly, a complicated year. The same can be said about the world of science, which witnessed some of the biggest …

Saving the pangolin: giant rats trained to sniff out world's most trafficked mammal

Rats’ agility and keen sense of smell will one day be used to reach parts of shipping containers that sniffer dogs cannot reach<p>The pangolin – the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal – might have a new champion: rats that will be trained to sniff out trafficked pangolin parts in shipments heading …

Breakthrough in the quantum transfer of information between matter and light

Zinc selenide, or ZnSe, is a crystal in which atoms are precisely organized. It is also a semi-conductor into which it is easy to intentionally …

NASA: Spitzer and Swift space telescopes spot elusive brown dwarf - IBTimes India

The newly discovered brown dwarf weighs between 30 and 65 Jupiter masses.<p>NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined hands for the first time …

Page 2 - Space Quizzes - Test Your Knowledge of the Universe

April 05, 2013 | Quiz<p>Are you a space station veteran? Take our quiz and find out. <br>Read More<p>March 26, 2013 | Quiz<p>Are you a star at star trivia? <br>Read …

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Climate Change Has Already Altered Nearly Every Ecosystem on Earth

Climate change is already affecting life on Earth, despite a global temperature increase of just 1°C, according to a new study published in the …

Climate Change

This Intense Eye in The Sky Is The Result of Two Massive Galaxies Colliding

It feels like somebody's watching.<p>The repercussions of two galaxies colliding with one another have generated a bizarre cosmic phenomenon – swirling …

Kevin Pierre-Louis Is Tackling Depression Stigma By Sharing His Own Experience

Bravo.<p>Depression can throw off your game ― literally.<p>Just ask Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who recently discussed how his experience with depression threatened his ability to perform as a professional football player.<p>“I dropped weight, I’m looking frail, school wasn’t going well, …

Climate change affects nearly all life on Earth

The study in the journal Science found that 82 percent of key ecological processes -- including genetic diversity and migration patterns -- are being altered by global warming.<p>These effects extend to land, oceans and freshwater environments, even though temperatures have risen just about 1.87 …

If you’re looking for good news about climate change, this is about the best there is right now

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>On election day, the U.S. was busy voting for a president who openly scoffs at the reality of human-caused climate change and has expressed the goal of withdrawing the U.S. from the international …

Climate Change

Global warming to cause fastest rate of sea level rise in human history

With global climate talks kicking off in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, a new study provides a sobering warning about what may happen to coastal …

Climate Change

Global warming continues; 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded | John Abraham

We will soon see a three-peat of record hot annual global temperatures<p>We know the world is warming – no factor can explain it aside from human emissions of greenhouse gases. Despite this, people who deny the basic facts of climate change have tried to argue that the Earth is either not warming or …

Climate Change

Climate change rate to turn southern Spain to desert by 2100, report warns

Mediterranean ecosystems will change to a state unprecedented in the past 10,000 years unless temperature rises are held to within 1.5C, say scientists<p>Southern Spain will be reduced to desert by the end of the century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, researchers …

It Looks Like NASA Found ESA's Crashed Mars Lander

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency attempted to land a probe on Mars, and things went bad. While the ExoMars mission team continues to piece …

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Marijuana's effects on the body, brain, heart and sperm: All your weed questions answered

With five more states voting on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana come November, millions more Americans are closer than ever to …

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation'

<b>Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed by poachers every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, according to a new report.</b><p>It's estimated there are just 4,000 of these elegant but elusive creatures now surviving in the wild.<p>Around four a week are being poached say experts, with most …

It's Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to …

Geology

See The Photo NASA's Orbiter Took Of the Crashed Mars Probe

An experimental Mars probe crash landed on the surface of the planet Wednesday, and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have just taken a photo of …

Madagascar drought: catastrophe looms as 850,000 go hungry, says UN

Drought in the south leaves households experiencing emergency levels of hunger, with nothing but wild fruits to eat<p>Nearly 850,000 people in drought-hit southern Madagascar are experiencing “alarming” levels of hunger, and more aid is needed to prevent a dire situation from becoming a “catastrophe”, …

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

We built the largest map of "holes" in the universe to prove Einstein was right about gravity

Since its discovery in 2008, astronomers have been puzzled by a cosmic mystery so vexing that it has even led some to question whether the general theory of relativity—Einstein’s masterpiece theory of gravity—is wrong on cosmic scales. The trouble is that light travelling through the universe does …