Warm rivers of air punch big holes in Antarctic sea ice

Warm, moist rivers of air have a lot to do with massive holes in sea ice in Antarctica's Weddell Sea, a new study shows.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Weather doesn’t affect COVID’s spread

The transmission of COVID-19 from person to person depends almost entirely on human behavior and not hot or cold weather, researchers find.

Monica Kortsha-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Weather doesn’t affect COVID’s spread

The transmission of COVID-19 from person to person depends almost entirely on human behavior and not hot or cold weather, researchers find.

Monica Kortsha-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Earth was super hot and humid 55 million years ago

Research that reconstructs the climate of ancient Earth shows that Arctic Siberia once had an average summer temperature of 73.4 degrees F.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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What Miami’s freezing lizards tell us about climate change

On a cold morning in Miami, lizards rained down from trees where they'd been sleeping. The event gave researchers insight into the impact of climate change.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Does coronavirus spread more easily in cold temperatures? Here's what we know

Winter weather forces us to congregate inside but evidence suggests cold, dry air also helps spread respiratory viruses.

Sarah Pitt, Principal Lecturer, Microbiology and Biomedical Science Practice, Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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People's bodies now run cooler than 'normal' – even in the Bolivian Amazon

'Normal' body temperature has declined in urban, industrialized settings like the US and UK. Anthropologists find the trend extends to Indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon – but why?

Thomas Kraft, Postdoctoral Scholar in Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Heat-reflecting paint keeps things cool without AC

A new white paint keeps surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their surroundings—almost life AC or a refrigerator, but without using any energy.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures

Some atmospheric pollutants actually help cool the planet, but the sudden shutdown of heavy industry threatened to purge them.

James Weber, PhD Candidate in Atmospheric Chemistry, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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How will winter affect the way coronavirus spreads?

A new study digs into how temperature and humidity affect the spread of the coronavirus. The findings could help keep people safe as winter approaches.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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