Researchers aim to update Apollo-era information about rocket-powered landings on dusty celestial bodies like Mars with new supercomputer simulations.
July 31, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: physics soil mars spacecraft science-and-technology dust
A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.
July 10, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust
A massive Saharan dust plume is moving into the southeast US, bringing technicolor sunsets and suppressing tropical storms
From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.
June 25, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate hurricanes storms atmospheric-science weather air-quality atlantic-ocean dust sahara tropical-rainforest
The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.
June 19, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: space planets mars weather alien-life science-and-technology dust
"This tells us that the basic organic chemistry needed for life is present in the raw gas prior to the formation of stars and planets."
June 16, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: evolution space life stars science-and-technology gases dust
There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.
June 5, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture soil dust-bowl erosion food-systems food-sustainability soil-health soil-degradation postpandemic-future
The original Dust Bowl crashed US wheat production. Today, it would reduce global stocks by a third.
April 17, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change agriculture food-imports food-exports global-food-regime dust-bowl
The star Betelgeuse dimmed 40% last year, fueling popular speculation that the red supergiant would soon explode as a massive supernova.
March 6, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: space stars science-and-technology dust
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