In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels.
Feb. 11, 2021 • ~7 min
Scientists observe reduction in emissions of banned ozone-depleting chemical after unexpected spike.
Feb. 10, 2021 • ~7 min
If China succeeds, it will be the first country ever to visit and land on Mars on its first try.
Feb. 5, 2021 • ~7 min
The record shows ancient temperature variations coinciding with shifts in the planet’s biodiversity.
Feb. 1, 2021 • ~8 min
When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.
Jan. 25, 2021 • ~5 min
The first Jupiter-like planet without clouds has been detected by astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Unlike our Jupiter, which takes nearly 12 years to orbit the sun, WASP-62b completes a rotation in just four-and-a-half days.
Jan. 22, 2021 • ~3 min
Beast from the East 2? What 'sudden stratospheric warming' involves and why it can cause freezing surface weather
Sudden warming more than 10 km above the north pole can mean sudden freezing down here.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~6 min
Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms.
Dec. 31, 2020 • ~7 min
Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here's what we learned flying through smoke plumes
Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~8 min
Since 1979, the average number of snow days has fallen by about five per decade.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~5 min