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Scientists hope volcanic rock can contain climate change

Capturing and storing greenhouse gases beneath the earth could allow climate change to be mitigated, but researchers still need to find a method that can both permanently and safely contain the gases. Now researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) believe that they may have …

US doubles supercomputing power in battle against hurricanes

While it might not be able to fight the awesome power of Mother Nature, US weather agency NOAA is doing what it can to stay one step ahead of her. As America braces for a rise in extreme weather patterns, including "an active or extremely active" hurricane season, NOAA has significantly boosted the …

Incredible videos of a tornado striking near Milan, Italy

Incredible must-see footage of a tornado sweeping near Milan, Italy on July 29, 2013.<p>A strong storm system swept through Italy yesterday (July 29, …

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Light lives for at least a billion billion years

Light can theoretically zip around the universe forever without breaking down. That's because it's long been believed that the photon — the elementary particle that makes up light and other electromagnetic radiation — has no mass. But physicist Julian Heeck wondered what would happen if it turned …

Climate scientists must not advocate particular policies

As a climate scientist, I'm under pressure to be a political advocate. This comes mainly from environmentalists. Dan Cass, wind-farm director and solar advocate, preferred me not to waste my time debating "denialist morons" but to use political advocacy to "prevent climate catastrophe".<p>Jeremy …

Tiny Poisonous Trees Could Fight Climate Change In The Desert

Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.<p>Five German scientists have proposed a new strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change: turn coastal deserts into forests. Why? Forests, full of trees that consume carbon dioxide, are a great bulwark against the gas …

Researchers find gray wolf-grizzly bear link in Yellowstone

Reintroduction of the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park has boosted an important food source for the threatened grizzly bear, researchers have found in an example of how the return of a top predator can have far-reaching ecological effects.<p>A study published this week in the Journal of Animal …

Environmentalists must redefine what 'progress' means

"What's this?" I asked my nephew. He was soon to turn two, and I thought, perhaps, he would be able to identify the plastic toy in my hand as a "dinosaur". "Edmontosaurus", he told me. I checked the label on its foot. He was right.<p>Just before his fifth birthday, he corrected me on a question of …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

Magma can take 'highway from hell' to fuel volcanic eruptions

Magma from deep within the Earth's mantle can surge through a volcano in a matter of months rather than thousands of years or more, as previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The molten lava that erupts from volcanoes comes from the mantle, the portion of …

Did life on Earth begin at hot-water vents on the sea floor?

Three new papers strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottoms of oceans. Scientists are interested …

Third way: 'partnership scientists' can tackle environmental challenges

You may not have heard of Ruaha. Situated in southern Tanzania, it's one of Africa's best kept secrets. It's a region, a river, a national park and, increasingly, a problem.<p>Put simply, the Ruaha problem is this: Rural economies in the headwaters rely on ever-expanding irrigated agriculture. …

Dinosaurs had ‘flight-ready’ bird brains

<b>STONY BROOK (US) —</b> Along with feathers and wishbones, “flight-ready” brains were present in non-avian dinosaurs, research shows.<p>Contrary to the “bird …

New Evidence: When Did Humanity's Last Common Male And Female Ancestors Live?

Sadly, Adam and Eve probably didn't date each other.<p>Hundreds of thousands of years ago—when people still lived in small hunter-gatherer bands, when it's not even clear they were totally anatomically modern (though they probably were)—something happened in the human genome.<p>Somewhere in Africa, a man …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …

View from space: Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo volcanoes

Located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, the volcanoes are among the most active on Earth.<p>Check out …

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Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

“By viewing sea ice as essential habitat … rather than as a lifeless blank surface, its loss as a result of warming becomes a rather stunning …

Violence will rise as climate changes, scientists predict

Long before scientists began to study global warming, author Raymond Chandler described the violent effects of dry, "oven-hot" Santa Ana winds gusting through the city of Los Angeles.<p>"Every booze party ends in a fight," he wrote in his 1938 story "Red Wind." "Meek little wives feel the edge of the …

Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

U.S. Forest Service Solves Mystery Of Exploding Baseball Bats

Major League Baseball has teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to make baseball players' favorite bats safer to use.<p>Maple is the unofficial wood of baseball. Thanks to good old Barry Bonds, who used maple bats in his 2001 marathon home-run season, players increasingly favor the lighter wood, …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …