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How Hurricane Irma Could Change Florida's Coast

As Hurricane Irma ravages the Caribbean, Florida is bracing for potential landfall. The huge storm, currently a Category 5 with maximum sustained …

Rainfall

The Sun Just Fired Off A Massive Flare, And It’s Headed Toward Earth Right Now

“Strong geomagnetic storm watch” is in effect.<p>It’s one of the biggest solar flares in years, and it’s coming this way.<p>NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images on Wednesday of the most powerful flare recorded since at least 2008, when the current solar cycle began.<p>The space agency said …

Doctors Found a Stone Almost The Size of an Ostrich Egg in a Man's Bladder

World's grossest omelette.<p>A 64-year-old man has had to have a bladder stone nearly as big as an ostrich egg surgically removed at a hospital in the …

The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humour in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

Giant sunspots, solar flares, aurora alert!

Sunwatchers are still tracking those 2 large sunspot groups making their way across the Earth-facing side of the sun. Then yesterday there was an …

Astronomy

This is what it looks like inside Hurricane Irma

Most people — normal, not insane people — will do everything in their power to avoid ending up inside a hurricane. For the brave scientists …

The Northern Lights Will Be Visible in the U.S. Tonight

Here's how to catch an exceedingly rare glimpse of the Northern Lights.<p>On Wednesday evening, thanks to a very powerful sun storm, folks living as far …

Tiny Sky Crane Could Help Solve Mystery of Moon's 'Tattoos'

Strange, swirling patterns have been found in more than 100 locations on the lunar surface.<p>A novel mission concept from NASA would lower a small satellite toward the surface of the moon on a 112-mile-long (180 kilometers) tether. One of the mission's goals would be to uncover the cause of strange, …

Even weather gurus are gobsmacked by Northwest’s wildfires and ash fall

Texas has its floods, Florida has a potentially catastrophic hurricane coming its way, but the Pacific Northwest has its own sign of the apocalypse: …

Weather

Heads up! Chance to see northern lights again this weekend

After a spectacular display of northern lights Thursday night, there's a chance of more this weekend.<p>The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SPWC) …

Northern Lights

Uranus is having a rough time, and it’s only going to get worse

If we could somehow travel to the other planets in our solar system on a whim — you know, just for sightseeing and such — nobody would want to hang …

Breakthrough cancer treatment trials put on hold following death of a patient

Loss Of Patient<p>Just one week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pharmaceutical company Novartis to use a new cancer treatment …

Cancer Treatment

Newly discovered black hole may be the first of its kind ever detected

A Monstrous Marauder<p>Japanese astronomers have found evidence that an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH) with 100,000 times the mass of our Sun is …

Universe

Trump signs emergency declarations as Irma reaches record strength

Hurricane Irma is now the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, per the AP. As of this afternoon, it had maximum sustained winds …

The bionic lens could push eyesight beyond 20/20 vision

Beyond Perfect Eyesight<p>In just a few short years, we’ll be able to improve our eyesight to levels we’ve only dreamed of. At first, it’ll be …

Glaucoma

Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast

As Houston begins a recovery from Hurricane Harvey that is likely to last several years and cost many billions of dollars, the threat of extreme …

New study reveals how mitochondria are affected by disease

Important Attachments<p>Everyone learns about mitochondria in the most basic of biology classes, and most of us will always recall how these were …

Research

Here's Why These Horribly Deadly Poison Dart Frogs Never Poison Themselves

Evolution, you clever.<p>The most poisonous animal in the world is difficult to quantify, but one of the most deadly is, without question, the golden …

Voyager 1 at 40: Scientists 'amazed' 1970s space probe still works

The Voyager 1 and 2 space probes were launched 40 years ago and continue to send back data from the outer solar system and interstellar space, despite relying on technology developed in the 1970s.<p><i>Video produced by Trystan Young</i><p><i>Listen to</i> The Newsroom <i>on the World Service and find out more about the</i> …

Apple kills off its annual music festival in London after 10 years

Apple will no longer hold an annual music festival in London. While the iPhone maker has traditionally held its Apple Music Festival at the Camden Roundhouse, <i>Music Business Worldwide</i> reports that Apple is axing the show this year. It’s not clear exactly why Apple is killing off the popular …

Hurricane Irma: What you need to know about flood insurance

Homeowners scared by Harvey and in the potential path of Irma can't get National Flood Insurance Program coverage immediately because of a typical 30-day waiting period.<p>They still might be able to buy it on the private market with as little as three days' wait, said Tony Barletta, owner of the …

Associated Press News

In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

<b>Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET</b><p>Officials are still trying to confirm whether Texas floodwaters have spread contamination from decades-old toxic waste sites, as water recedes and residents return to homes that, in some cases, were flooded with water that passed over known contaminated areas.<p>The …

Extreme Weather

Scientists May Have Found Another Black Hole in the Milky Way

Scientists have found evidence that a mid-sized black hole about 100,000 times more massive than the sun is hiding within the Milky Way, a discovery …

Universe

9 Steps for Meal Prep Success

Got #mealprep goals, but not sure where to start? This practical, step-by-step meal-planning guide will help you get organized. Easy weeknight dinners, done.<p>Juggling a busy schedule can make it difficult to prepare healthy family meals, especially during the week. As a mom of three and a registered …

Cooking

Coldplay cancels Houston concert due to Hurricane Harvey

The Coldplay concert schedule for Friday in Houston has been postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.<p>The British band took to Twitter and their own website on Friday afternoon to make the announcement, saying, "We really wanted to play tonight, but sitting here all together watching the news about the …

Extreme Weather

People put sun cream in their eyes so they could stare at the eclipse

<b>People are turning up at hospitals in America because they put suncreen in their eyes to stare at the sun during the eclipse, it has been …

Diamonds Are Raining All Over Uranus (Also Neptune)

Powerful X-ray lasers recreate hellish conditions deep within gas planets.<p>He had almost reached the center of the planet, but Jupiter had one more …

Astronomy

Black Holes Outside Our Galaxy Work Differently From Ours

Black Hole Birth-Gaze<p>Physicists recently narrowed the origin story for black holes beyond our galaxy down to two possibilities, according to a study …