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Five amazing natural phenomena that are harder to see than a total eclipse

Start planning your next trip.<p>That's a wrap on another total solar eclipse. And while the coincidental geometry and views of the phenomenon are certainly awe-inspiring, it's worth noting it's not <i>that</i> hard to see a total eclipse. Yes, it's a rare scenario—the last time the path of totality swept …

National Science Foundation

Scientists want to turn our gut bacteria into medicine

Bugs not drugs.<p>The bacteria inside our guts—which collectively make up the so-called gut microbiome—are incredibly diverse, with countless species and strains. But they also differ depending on the individual, with one person’s microbiome having little to do with another’s. And scientists have …

Biology

When Will Voyager Stop Calling Home?

The twin spacecraft still send data back to the planet they left 40 years ago.<p>Forty years after they left Earth, the Voyager twin spacecraft are still chugging along, logging 35,000 miles an hour as they zoom farther and farther into the cosmos.<p>“I’ve had people ask me, you mean the mission is still …

Why do hurricanes even exist? The science behind these monster storms

Hurricanes have pummeled sea and land on Earth for eons — but why do these meteorological monsters even exist?<p>Simply put, hurricanes are the atmosphere's attempt to move heat from the warm equatorial regions toward the cold polar regions, meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University …

Rainfall

How Did We Find the Distance to the Sun?

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The terrifying way fire ants take advantage of hurricane floods

The islands of stinging insects are just the beginning.<p>In addition to debris (and alligators), Texans escaping Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters must watch out for floating balls of fire ants. And the problem won’t go away after the waters subside.<p>The red imported fire ant evolved in South American …

Insects