Parts of the Arctic Ocean containing at least 15 percent sea ice have increased by 78 percent when compared with the extent last year at this time, according to data compiled by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) is set to launch Sept. 6 – NASA's third moon mission in four years. This time the focus is on the moon's atmosphere, a gap in recent exploratory efforts.
One tidbit is that the plankton-eating whale sharks like to feed in waters northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The study's aim is to learn the species' migration patterns in the western Atlantic region.
The US Bureau of Reclamation announced the cut Friday, from Lake Powell, because of drought conditions. While the move involving the Colorado River will be hard for people to detect at the faucet, it carries symbolic importance.
Its days looking for Earth-like planets may be over (though it will take years to analyze its data backlog), but NASA's Kepler craft still could have a future. Next up: a reassessment of its abilities.
The star collections known as galaxies formed much sooner in the early universe than previously estimated, according to an analysis of data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Galaxies were well established within 2.5 billion years of the big bang.
The Perseid meteor shower and its ilk provide the sodium atoms in the middle atmosphere that light up when astronomers tickle them with a laser – a key step in adaptive optics, which are used by ground-based observatories.
The rover Curiosity has been exploring Mars for a year now, almost halfway through its mission. It has already helped to prove that Mars did once have water and an environment hospitable to life. Here's what's next.
Tropical storm Dorian is projected to weaken over the next 24 hours, only to gain a bit of that strength back four days from now. The center of the storm is currently about 1,500 miles east of Puerto Rico.
The World Meteorological Organization's review of severe weather and climate 2001 to 2010 shows that nine years in that decade were among the 10 warmest on record. Even normally cool La Niña years warmed up.
The local National Weather Service forecast office was supplying forecasts the day the Arizona firefighters died, but on-site forecasters – something used for the most complex firefighting efforts – hadn't been called in.