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NASA Astronaut Takes Stunning Pictures Of Earth With Rare Orange 'Airglow'

NASA has released a photo of a rare orange airglow around the upper atmosphere of Earth. The photo was taken by astronauts aboard the ISS while floating above Australia last month.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2018

Palau Becomes First Nation To Ban Reef-Toxic Sunscreen

Palau has become the first country to place a ban on reef-toxic sunscreen. The ban was signed into law last Oct. 25 and is set to take effect starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2018

UN Report Says Ozone Layer Is Now Healing

A UN report revealed that the ozone has started to heal 30 years after the ratification of the Montreal Protocol. The ozone layer protects living beings on Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Earth/Environment November 6, 2018

Researchers Test 'LarvalBot' Drone That Can Help Rehabilitate Coral Reefs

Queensland University of Technology's "LarvalBot" will be aiding the restoration of damaged reefs at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The underwater drone will deliver baby corals in damaged areas.

Earth/Environment November 3, 2018

Oceans Are Absorbing Much More Heat Than Expected, Says Study

A new report revealed that the ocean is absorbing more heat that can be transferred back to the atmosphere any time. Researchers suggested that efforts to control excess carbon dioxide emissions should be increased.

Earth/Environment November 2, 2018

'Super Coral' Pioneer Ruth Gates Passes Away At 56

Ruth Gates, a renowned marine biologist who pioneered 'super corals' that can withstand climate change, has passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25. She was diagnosed with brain cancer five months ago.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2018

Study: Laser technique may open door to more efficient clean fuels

Study: Laser technique may open door to more efficient clean fuels

Earth/Environment October 30, 2018

Mexico's 2017 Earthquake Was So Powerful It Split Through Tectonic Plate: Study

Just how powerful was Mexico's 8.2 magnitude earthquake in 2017? New research found that the quake was so strong that it broke a tectonic plate.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

Mystery Source Of Already Banned Ozone-Depleting Substance Discovered

Researchers found significant emissions of a banned ozone-depleting substance coming from East Asia, particularly from eastern China. Instead of declining after the ban, emissions have even slightly increased.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

Substance In Type Of Moss Found To Have Similarities With THC, Possibly More 'Medically Effective' Than Cannabis

Is a common type of mossy plant more 'medically effective' than cannabis? Researchers found that liverworts have great therapeutic potential with weaker psychoactive effects.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

NAS Report Says Efforts To Scrub Carbon From Atmosphere Must Be Increased

The National Academy of Sciences issued a report to address the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A committee led by experts also revealed technologies and techniques to reverse climate change.

Earth/Environment October 25, 2018

Strange Rectangular Iceberg Spotted In Antarctica Looks Eerily Artificial

Earlier this month, NASA spotted an unusually-shaped iceberg break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica. The perfectly square iceberg reportedly broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf that also produced the A-68 iceberg last year.

Earth/Environment October 23, 2018

Scientists Gather Data By Listening To Eerie 'Songs' Produced By Antarctic Ice Shelf

Scientists found that one of the largest ice shelves in the world is producing a hum caused by the wind drumming on the snowy surface. The sound is almost continuous and changes pitch based on the situation on the surface.

Earth/Environment October 20, 2018

Large-Scale Study Shows Global Warming Has Adverse Effects On Mental Health

A new study found that global warming might create new and worsened cases of mental illnesses in the United States. The changing climate and the frequency of natural disaster will further cause distress to Americans.

Earth/Environment October 10, 2018

Ancient Geological Process Of Rock Sinking Into Earth's Core Has Stalled Says Researchers

Scientists ran simulations and made the conclusion that a layer of rock has caused slabs of oceanic plates to stagnate. The process halted what is called mantle convection which involves rocks rising and sinking into the planet's core.

Earth/Environment October 9, 2018

Scientists Want To Create 'Noah's Ark' For Beneficial Microbes

Scientists proposed a frozen bank that will keep microbiota from all over the world for future generations. Those who are involved in the project will have to collect microbiota from even the most isolated communities.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2018

Scientists Want To Use Gene Editing To Turn Wild 'Groundcherry' Into The Next Strawberry

Researchers published a study proposing the use of CRISPR gene-editing tool to make ground cherries, an orphan plant, ready for the supermarket. Breeding plants for large-scale farming usually take a decade to thousands of years.

Earth/Environment October 3, 2018

The World's Most Endangered Tribe Survives In The Shrinking Amazon On Armadillos, Honey, And Nuts

The October 2018 issue of the National Geographic features photos of the Awa tribe, one of the last 'uncontacted' tribes of the Amazon. Unfortunately, the tribe is threatened by bandits and illegal loggers.

Earth/Environment October 2, 2018

Warm Ocean Waters May Be Responsible For Increased Hurricane Activity During 2017

A new study by NOAA revealed that the increasing temperature of the water in the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the formation of six major hurricanes last year. Experts warned about more frequent major hurricanes in the future.

Earth/Environment September 28, 2018

Manta Rays Use Unique Filtration Method That Could Be Used To Clean Oceans

Researchers figured out how manta rays are able to filter planktons and small fishes from a huge amount of water. The findings can be used to create filtration systems that can clean up microplastics from the ocean.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2018

Researchers Point To Common Weedkiller As Cause For Dying Honeybees

Researchers from The University of Texas found that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of bee population in the United States. During a test, they found that the herbicide in popular weedkillers can interfere with the honeybees' gut microbiome.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2018

Human Activity Partly Responsible For Wobble Detected As Planet Earth Spins

According to a new study by NASA, the Earth has drifted about 10 meters from its axis in the past century. Scientists blamed global warming, causing a redistribution of weight on the surface of the planet, as a primary source.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

Home & City Interactive Tool Shows People How NASA Tech Affects Everyday Lives

NASA launched a web app that showcases how space research has contributed to making the lives of the average American better. Over 130 spinoff technologies in the app were developed by the space agency or its partners.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

Highly Hazardous Katla Volcano In Iceland Ready To Erupt

The Katla volcano in Iceland is preparing to erupt for the first time since 1918. Scientists are concerned that an explosion of the highly hazardous volcano will be worse than the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010.

Earth/Environment September 24, 2018

Prominent Cornell University Food Researcher Resigns After Academic Misconduct Scandal

The researcher and professor behind the Smarter Lunchrooms Movements, which encourages children to make healthy food choices, has resigned from Cornell University. An investigation found that he engaged in academic misconduct, including manipulating data of his own studies.

Earth/Environment September 24, 2018

Study Proposes Crazy Plan To 'Prop Up' Antarctica And Save The Planet

A new research looked into building structures around ice sheets in Antarctica to prevent the sea level to rise any further. The idea could prevent a major collapse for a thousand years.

Earth/Environment September 22, 2018

Mosquitoes And Other Flying Insects Can Spread Microplastics, Says Study

A new research found that microplastic is eaten by mosquito larva and stay in the insect's body until adulthood. Scientists express concerned that similar flying insects might be helping spread microplastics.

Earth/Environment September 20, 2018

NASA's Planet Hunting TESS Beams Back 'First Light' Image

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS sent back its "first light," the first official photograph captured a few months after launch. The space telescope replaced Kepler which is expected to retire this year.

Earth/Environment September 19, 2018

Global Warming Made Hurricane Florence Much Worse

Experts believe that climate change likely made Hurricane Florence more dangerous. According to a senior scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Hurricane Florence brought as much as 50 percent rainfall, compared to if it happened 100 years ago.

Earth/Environment September 18, 2018

New Research Reveals Surprising Geological Link Between England And France

Some hundred million years ago, the ancient continents of Armorica collided with Avalonia and Laurentia creating what would become modern England. For the study, researchers looked at minerals found in Devon and Cornwall.

Earth/Environment September 15, 2018

LOOK: Plants Send Out Distress Signals In Response To Threats Such As Being Eaten

Do plants know when they're being eaten? Apparently, injured or eaten leaves can send out a distress signal to uninjured leaves to prepare for an attack.

Earth/Environment September 14, 2018

Scientists Unveil The Most Complete And Accurate Map Of Antarctica Ever Made

Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica or REMA was born out of the partnership between researchers from University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University. It is the most detailed map of the continent to date.

Earth/Environment September 10, 2018

Tsunami That Hit Alaska 3 Years Ago Was Caused By Melting Glacier

A new study assessed the debris left by the massive tsunami that hit Alaska three years ago. Researchers warned that more tsunamis might happen as global warming causes a glacial retreat, rising bodies of water, and permafrost thawing.

Earth/Environment September 8, 2018

Building Large Wind And Solar Farms In The Sahara Could Help Green The Desert, Says Study

A new research found that installing wind turbines and solar panels across the Sahara Desert could supply energy for the entire world and turn the arid land into fertile soil. The renewable energy farm could increase precipitation across the landscape.

Earth/Environment September 9, 2018

FWC Says More Time Needed To Analyze Tropical Storm Gordon's Effect On Red Tide Bloom

The recent tropical storm Gordon might have slightly moved the algae bloom that has been pestering the west coast since November. The FWC said that that they are still investigating whether the recent storm disrupted the red tide.

Earth/Environment September 7, 2018

NASA Launches New Competition To Turn CO2 Into Energy

NASA has launched a contest aiming to crowdsource a design that can convert carbon dioxide into glucose as an energy source. The effort is part of the space agency's plan to send humans to Mars by 2030.

Earth/Environment September 3, 2018

Machine Learning Technology From Google And Harvard Could Lead To More Accurate Earthquake Predictions

Scientists found a better way to determine the location of an earthquake aftershock. With the use of an artificial intelligence machine, they can now predict where aftershocks will strike.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2018

Warming Climate May Cause Insect Pests To Eat More Crops: Study

New research finds that warming climate may increase the metabolism and population of crop pests, meaning larger pest population will hunger for more vital crops. Can farmers combat this issue?

Earth/Environment August 31, 2018

Scientists Find Previously Unknown Coral Reef In Deep Waters Near South Carolina Coast

Proposed plans to explore the coast of the United States to find oil might kill off thriving fish and invertebrate community. Researchers recently found coral reefs stretching for miles in the deep sea off the coast of South Carolina.

Earth/Environment August 31, 2018

NASA Aerosol Map Offers A Stunning Visualization Of Global Storms And Dust

NASA used satellites and ground sensors to create a visualization of the aerosols present in the air and atmosphere around the world. These clouds of matter come from natural and man-made occurrences.

Earth/Environment August 28, 2018

Crazy About Coffee Varieties: Where Does Your Coffee Come From?

Coffee has become essential to the lives of people from all walks of life around the world. There are dozens of variants of coffees, each coming from different regions across what is called The Bean Belt.

Earth/Environment August 28, 2018

Brown Tide Feared To Worsen Florida Red Tide

What exactly is a brown tide? Experts fear that the current brown tide might 'merge' with and worsen the ongoing red tide in Florida waters.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2018

NASA Ice Watching Satellite Will Measure Polar Ice With Pinpoint Accuracy Using Lasers

NASA announced that it will be sending ICESat-2 to space next week. The spacecraft is equipped with a laser instrument that will accurately measure changes in the ice sheet from the Earth's poles.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2018

Researchers Find Way To Turn Giant 'Fatbergs' Found In City Sewers Into Energy

Researchers have found a way to eliminate fatbergs from sewers and turn them into renewable energy. By heating up the FOG in the underground congealed mass, scientists were able to produce methane.

Earth/Environment August 25, 2018

Air Pollution Levels In Seattle And Portland Now Higher Than Industrial Cities In China

Hundreds of wildfire across western North America has been sending swaths of smoke to surrounding cities. Seattle and Oregon recorded worse air pollution than China's Beijing in the past couple of days.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2018

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