University of Minnesota astrophysicist Robert Schwarz spends more winters than anyone at NSF's South Pole Station
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Drs. Karen Holl and Rakan Zahawi, along with Mr. Juan Abel Rosales, talk about their 14-yr study comparing planting "islands" or patches of trees with natural forest regeneration and the more standard plantation-style planting approach
In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study
What makes the shelf break front such a productive and diverse part of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean?
An especially powerful tool, an electron microprobe, helps scientists at the University of Iowa analyze rocks and minerals from volcanoes in Auckland, New Zealand, in the hope of mitigating future hazards
Lee Blaney's lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, smells somewhat like a barnyard, and with good reason. With support from the National Science Foundation, the environmental engineer and his team are extracting nutrients from poultry litter to create a new revenue stream for farmers and help the environment at the same time
Researchers Rajan Sekhon and Christopher McMahan of Clemson University have collaborated on an interdisciplinary study that addresses a threat to two of the world's most important cereal crops
Forest ecologist Maria Uriarte has been documenting the lives of thousands of individual trees in dozens of plots spread across the island, putting her in a unique position to study hurricanes' damage and the long-term implications.
DesignSafe is a web-based research platform that provides the computational tools needed to manage, analyze and understand critical data for natural hazards research
At Clemson University, engineers who specialize in structural reliability are testing new building materials to see how well they stand up to severe storms by shooting them with two-by-fours from an air cannon at 60, 80 and 100 mph
Arctic wolf spiders' tastes in prey might be changing under warming conditions, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis
Survival of the laziest, weather whiplash and more
How WiFi detects weapons, what ants can teach robots, position repercussions on concussions and how saving forests saves kids
A new study sheds new light on the sensory organs the snail larvae use to feel -- and perhaps even hear -- whether the water is turbulent or wavy and improve their odds of being carried to a good habitat, where they can settle down as adults
Hot and cold time travel, light-speed A.I. for I.D., and hey, where'd the water go?
What is geoengineering, and how could it help or harm our planet?
Genes turn on, fluids go surfing, radioactivity spills from a cosmic collision and an oceanic plate crashes the party at Earth's mantle
Less than half of the rain that falls from a cloud makes it all the way to the ground because a lot evaporates while falling or after landing in treetops
What does a sustainable energy future look like? Jack Brouwer of University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Arizona State University found that as the sun beats down on a summer day, the interior temperature of a car can reach a stifling 116 degrees Fahrenheit in just one hour