Reylinda Phillips

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Yosemite wildfire blankets region with choking smoke

Firefighters reported significant progress Wednesday against one of the biggest wildfires in California's history, but it was still spewing an enormous plume of smoke, dangerously contaminating the air across California and Nevada.<p>Authorities urged people in the region to avoid all outdoor activity …

3 Beautiful Instruments Made From Stuff Nobody Wanted

They don't sound bad, either<p>HYBRID ORCHESTRA<p>Diego Stocco crafted his first Frankeninstrument when he was 16. Today the 37-year-old Italian musician enlists more than 30 unique creations to write and play scores for popular movies, TV shows, and videogames. One of his favorites, and the centerpiece …

Weather could be controlled using lasers

Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.<p>Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the …

On Nightmare Planet Covered In Boiling Lava, A Year Lasts 8.5 Hours

It's even worse than Florida in the summertime.<p>Kepler 78b is an Earth-sized exoplanet not <i>too</i> far from us--only about 700 light-years away. But don't bother getting your hopes up about settling there, because Kepler 78b is one of the most aggressively unpleasant planets ever discovered (a …