Earth

  1. Climate

    Slow hurricanes, like Dorian, become dangerous and hard to predict

    The warming seas associated with climate change may be fueling powerful but sluggish hurricanes, the type that 2019’s Dorian exemplifies. A climate scientist explains why.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Climate change may be aiding a deadly fungus in infecting humans

    A deadly fungus infecting humans around the world may have been worsened by climate change.

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  3. Animals

    Mystery disease is killing Caribbean corals

    Scientists are racing to pin down a new coral disease that’s “annihilating” whole species from Caribbean reefs.

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  4. Earth

    Americans consume some 70,000 microplastic particles a year

    The average American consumes more than 70,000 microplastic particles a year. Scientists hope this estimate will spur others to look at health risks.

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  5. Agriculture

    As infections ravage food crops, scientists fight back

    Diseases threaten important food crops like cocoa beans, wheat and citrus. Scientists are working to understand these infections — and fight back.

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  6. Climate

    Explainer: Why some clouds glow in the dark

    A surprise space rock lit up the night sky over California — and left behind a rare type of cloud. Such glowing beauties may become more common with climate change.

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  7. Climate

    Night-glowing clouds crept south this summer

    Clouds typical of polar skies have been showing up over the lower United States. Scientists want to know why.

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    Climate change made 2019 European heat wave worse

    An intense heat spell gripped much of Europe in June. A network of climate scientists now reports finding that global warming made the event much more likely.

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  9. Climate

    Explainer: What is attribution science?

    A relatively new, developing field of science investigates possible links between climate change and extreme weather events.

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  10. Tech

    Sunlight can produce energy and clean water at the same time

    A new device can make electricity from the sun. What makes it truly special, however: It uses waste heat from the system to turn dirty water or salty water into drinking water.

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    Earth

    Three things scientists want to know after California’s July earthquakes

    Major back-to-back earthquakes struck northern California on July 4 and 5 — but not where geoscientists were expecting them. That’s raised some questions about how things might be changing.

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  12. Earth

    Record seaweed belt spanned from Africa to Gulf of Mexico

    Blooms of Sargassum seaweed used to form at the mouth of the Amazon River each year. In 2011, they mushroomed in size to where they now span from South America across to Africa.

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