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Climate change has already increased the frequency and severity of hurricanes and other extreme weather events around the world. But there’s a smaller, less splashy threat on the horizon that could wreak havoc on America’s coasts.  High-tide floods, also called “nuisance floods”, occur in coastal areas when tides reach about 2 feet (0.6 meters) above
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These days it seems you can’t walk through a bookstore without bumping into a book or magazine pointing out the negative consequences of climate change. Everything from the hottest years on record to ruining astronomy can be tied to climate change.  Now some new science lays another potential problem at climate change’s feet – Earth is retaining more than
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Virgin Galactic has launched, flown, and landed its first full crew, positioning the company to start commercial tourist flights to the edge of space in 2022. Billionaire Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, was aboard the company’s SpaceShipTwo space plane on Sunday morning. He served as a “mission specialist,” testing the passenger experience for future customers. Three
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“Suborbital” is a term you’ll be hearing a lot as Sir Richard Branson flies aboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity winged spaceship and Jeff Bezos flies aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle to touch the boundary of space and experience a few minutes of weightlessness. But what exactly is “suborbital”? Simply put, it means that while
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Scientists have succeeded in combining two exciting material types together for the very first time: an ultrathin semiconductor just a single atom thick; and a superconductor, capable of conducting electricity with zero resistance. Both these materials have unusual and fascinating properties, and by putting them together through a delicate lab fabrication process, the team behind
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Thousands of medieval Islamic tombs in eastern Sudan were arranged in hard-to-detect patterns, with sacred “parent” tombs hosting subclusters of emanating burials, according to archaeologists who studied the funerary monuments with a method designed for cosmology.  The team used satellite imagery to identify the locations of more than 10,000 monuments in the Kassala region of eastern
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A record-breaking heat wave that hit the western United States and Canada at the end of June would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused climate change, according to an analysis by a group of leading climate scientists. The World Weather Attribution group said that global warming, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, made the heat wave
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Converting agricultural land to forests is one way of boosting rainfall and counteracting some of the effects of climate change, according to a new study – with water availability one of the most important climate drivers alongside temperature. Based on computer models trained on real-world data, the study authors conclude that “a realistic reforestation scenario,
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When the Cassini-Huygens probe dove through the salty plumes belching from the interior of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, it made an unexpected detection: a collection of compounds that are also associated with hydrothermal vents on Earth’s ocean floor. In particular, the amount of methane in the plumes caught astrobiologists’ attention – it seemed peculiarly high. Even
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Seven Viking tombs holding well-preserved skeletons, including possible twin infants, have been discovered in the Swedish town of Sigtuna.  The archaeologists discovered the 1,000-year-old remains of eight people – four adults and four children – inside the tombs; they were likely Vikings who had converted to Christianity. “The Christian character of the now-excavated graves is obvious because
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Within the depths of a Malaysian rainforest’s shadows an astonishingly plant, lacking sunlight-eating leaves, bizarrely blooms. This small, otherworldly growth, belonging to a group of rare flowering plants known as fairy lanterns (Thismia), has just been scientifically described for the first time. They’re tiny plants, too deep within the forest to receive sunlight, and often