'Gray Swan' Hurricanes Could Strike Unexpected Places
The Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Oct. 29, 2012.
September 1st, 2015
Grey swan hurricanes — storms with impacts more extreme than one would predict from history alone — could ravage cities in Florida, Australia and the Persian Gulf, researchers say.
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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved?
hurricane katrina
August 29th, 2015
Though meteorologists knew Hurricane Katrina would slam New Orleans with levee-toppling intensity, today's weather forecasters are even better equipped to give notice of a storm's coming havoc.
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Catastrophic Volcanoes Blamed for Earth's Biggest Extinction
A view from the Siberian Traps
August 28th, 2015
Catastrophic volcanic eruptions about 250 million years ago spewed enough lava to cover Australia, triggering Earth's worst mass extinction, in which 90 percent of sea creatures were wiped off the face of the planet, scientists say.
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Fossils Show How Ancient Seafloor Gave Rise to Life
Seafloor Hydrothermal System
August 31st, 2015
125-million-year-old microbes were trapped in ancient seafloor rocks by minerals, leaving a record from the earliest days of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Using Loopholes, Nature May Save Galápagos Penguins (Op-Ed)
Aa lava tumbling into the sea at Sullivan Bay, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
August 28th, 2015
The Galápagos are more than a life raft in Pacific currents — they actually alter the Pacific currents, and in so doing, help feed the islands' residents.
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Earth's Moving Mantle Leads to Earthquakes in Unusual Places
Yellowstone National Park
August 28th, 2015
It has long been a mystery why some earthquakes strike towns in seemingly earthquake-proof regions, but researchers now have a potential explanation for why temblors sometimes rattle where they're not expected.
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NASA: Rising Sea Levels More Dangerous Than Thought
a glacier in southern Greenland.
August 26th, 2015
Sea level rise is occurring right now, but the magnitude and speed of the rise in the future is still a big unknown.
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Common Mullein: Stunning Photos of the 'Flannel Leaf' Plant
Common mullein - leaves
August 30th, 2015
Common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a perennial herb that was first introduced into the United States in the mid-1700s. Check out these photos of a fascinating plant.
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Hurricane Katrina's Stark Changes Endure in Images from Space
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August 28th, 2015
Louisiana's dramatically enlarged lakes and inundated marshes — stark reminders of Hurricane Katrina’s ferocity 10 years ago — are prominent in a new satellite image.
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Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space
Cyanobacteria Swirls
August 28th, 2015
Dreamy swirls and loops seen on satellite represent a cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Sea.
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