COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii — Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 feet above.
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WASHINGTON — For a long time, the debate has gone on: Does size matter to females? Biologists now say, definitively, that it does.
Among fruit flies.
WASHINGTON — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming.
That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off.
WASHINGTON — The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.
WASHINGTON — Earth’s heat is stuck on high.
Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A government wildlife researcher has found that rabbits and skunks can become infected with the bird flu virus and shed it enough to infect ducks offering scientists one more clue about how bird flu may move in the environment and spread between farms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
ALBANY, N.Y. — When Gary Lovett was studying the effect of acid rain in New York’s Catskill Mountains 20 years ago, he ended the experiment early because so many trees in the test plots were dying not from acid rain, but from insect attacks.
WASHINGTON — Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mercury makes a relatively rare move across the sun Monday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX is shooting for Mars.
Elon Musk, the company’s billionaire founder and chief executive, announced yesteday via Twitter that he plans to send a Dragon capsule to land on the red planet as early as 2018.
It would represent a big first step toward his ultimate goal of colonizing the red planet.