SCIENCE Faster, cheaper autonomous systems could aid in resource extraction and science Next week, a small yellow and white–striped boat will slip out of port in Kalamata, Greece, and motor away from shore. The vessel won’t carry a captain or crew, just an array of electronics that will tell it where to go, and when … More Seafloor mappers to compete for XPRIZE
SCIENCE Government won’t dispute climate change, but will cast doubt on claimed harms Next week, barring a last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, climate change will go to trial for just the second time in U.S. history. In a federal courtroom in Eugene, Oregon, 21 young people are scheduled to face off against the U.S. … More Youth climate trial showcases science
SCIENCE U.S. weather service union fears that automation threatens jobs and sacrifices forecasters’ local knowledge Last week, things began stirring inside the truck-size box that sat among melting piles of snow at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. Before long, the roof of the box yawned open and a weather balloon took off into the sunny … More Robotic weather balloon launchers spread in Alaska
SCIENCE Vast bioenergy plantations could suck up carbon and stave off climate change. They would also radically reshape the planet On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to glimpse a vision of the future. Some are scientists, but most … More The Carbon Harvest
SCIENCE Human factors may prolong storm-boosting Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation phase Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, but in some ways, it was long overdue. For decades now, tropical storms have been getting a boost from a powerful but still mysterious long-term cycle in North Atlantic … More How an ocean climate cycle favored Harvey
SCIENCE PODCAST Mission leader Scott Bolton talks about surprises in the first data from the Juno mission, including what Jupiter’s poles look like and a peak under its outer cloud layers. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
SCIENCE PODCAST Researcher Elise Amel talks about the ways our brains can work against us when it comes to making sustainable choices, and how to overcome these barriers. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
SCIENCE PODCAST Researcher Caitlin Hicks Pries discusses her study on the response of soil carbon to a warming world. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
Forecasts of moisture conduits could aid water managers California has no mighty rivers like the Mississippi, but rivers of a kind are flooding the state. Since the new year, more than a meter of precipitation has fallen in some places, unleashing floods, triggering landslides, and, last week, bringing the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam, … More California rains put spotlight on atmospheric rivers
In 2015, scientists watched – and successfully predicted – the eruption of an underwater volcano. Read the full story at Science magazine.