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The Planet Is Probably in Worse Shape Than We Can Even Predict

The Planet Is Probably in Worse Shape Than We Can Even Predict

Scientific estimates could be lowballing how bad the climate crisis will get.
Scientists figure out why Venus’ atmosphere rotates 60x faster than the planet

Scientists figure out why Venus’ atmosphere rotates 60x faster than the planet

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has been investigating the planet for a decade
The space in between: The stratosphere

The space in between: The stratosphere

We have airplanes and drones in our airspace and satellites in space, but what about the space in between: the stratosphere?
Uranus is leaking gas

Uranus is leaking gas

NASA's Voyager 2 probe flew through a blob of charged gas called a plasmoid decades ago, and scientists only just now realized it. The blob could reveal secrets about the planet's atmosphere loss,
Scientists Found Breathable Oxygen in Another Galaxy for the First Time

Scientists Found Breathable Oxygen in Another Galaxy for the First Time

Molecular oxygen is a key component of the air humans breathe, and now astronomers have spotted it a half-billion light years away. But don't hold your breath for quasar whippets.

UK to spend $1.6 billion on the world's fastest weather supercomputer

The UK's weather service, the Met Office, will spend £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) to acquire the world's most powerful climate supercomputer, the government has announced. That's over ten times more
Greenhouse gases reach highest recorded levels in over 3 million years

Greenhouse gases reach highest recorded levels in over 3 million years

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Earth has reached a new high in the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere; CO2 in the atmosphere reached 407.8 parts per millions
NASA uses a plane to launch a craft to the very edge of space

NASA uses a plane to launch a craft to the very edge of space

NASA's new spacecraft, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, will explore the border between our planet's atmosphere and space.
Was hellish hothouse Venus once a temperate planet covered in water?

Was hellish hothouse Venus once a temperate planet covered in water?

It sounds outlandish, but according to new research the scorching planet of Venus could once have been a temperate place with liquid water on its surface.
Why Carbon Dioxide Has Such Outsized Influence On Earth's Climate

Why Carbon Dioxide Has Such Outsized Influence On Earth's Climate

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite makes precise measurements of Earth’s carbon dioxide levels from space. NASA/JPL Jason West, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I am often asked
Water Detected on Planet Inside the Habitable Zone for the First Time

Water Detected on Planet Inside the Habitable Zone for the First Time

Image by ESA / UCL We've found a new rocky planet with water vapor in its atmosphere -- and it's within the habitable zone of its red dwarf primary. The post Water Detected on Planet
Scientists Find Evidence of Water on Potentially Habitable ‘Super-Earth’

Scientists Find Evidence of Water on Potentially Habitable ‘Super-Earth’

K2-18b is the "best candidate" to host alien life outside the solar system.
Astronomers think microbes could be changing Venus’ atmosphere

Astronomers think microbes could be changing Venus’ atmosphere

A new study suggests the clouds on Venus could contain microorganisms similar to those which live in our atmosphere, affecting the weather on the planet.
Storms on Jupiter throw up ammonia from deep inside its atmosphere

Storms on Jupiter throw up ammonia from deep inside its atmosphere

Jupiter is famous for its epic storms and beautiful cloud formations which give it is distinctive stripey appearance. However, these clouds make it difficult for astronomers to see what lies in the
Hubble images Jupiter, our Solar System’s most beautiful planet

Hubble images Jupiter, our Solar System’s most beautiful planet

Arguably our Solar System's most beautiful planet, Jupiter, has been imaged in stunning detail by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image shows more intense colors than previous images, showing off
Alphabet’s Loon balloons developed clever strategies to pass 1M hours flying in Earth’s stratosphere

Alphabet’s Loon balloons developed clever strategies to pass 1M hours flying in Earth’s stratosphere

Alphabet’s Loon subsidiary, which aims to blanket the Earth in high-speed broadband internet connectivity, has passed the 1 million-hour mark in terms of total time spent in Earth’s stratosphere
‘Just Be Weird’: The History (and Future) of Twin Cities Rap

‘Just Be Weird’: The History (and Future) of Twin Cities Rap

The major players in the Twin Cities scene tell us where they’ve been, where they’re at, and where they’re going.
World View’s sub-space high-altitude balloon lasts over two weeks aloft

World View’s sub-space high-altitude balloon lasts over two weeks aloft

World View is a company focused on alternative methods of doing some of the work traditionally handled by satellites – but just a bit closer to Earth. Its ‘Stratollites’ are balloons that can ascend
Woman Records Rare, Dangerous ‘Positive Lightning’ Strike on Video

Woman Records Rare, Dangerous ‘Positive Lightning’ Strike on Video

A woman in Boynton Beach, FL has captured a rare positive lightning strike on camera. "Wow," is pretty much all we can say, possibly followed by some expletives. The post Woman Records Rare,
Pluto’s atmosphere could freeze and disappear by the year 2030

Pluto’s atmosphere could freeze and disappear by the year 2030

During some seasons, Pluto's atmosphere gets cold enough for the nitrogen in the atmosphere to freeze. As atmospheric pressure increases over time, this could result in the atmosphere freezing away by