Heat wave conditions are likely to continue into August. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a continuation of the heat wave – hotter-than-normal temperatures across the Desert Southwest and points east across the Deep South.
Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, may have a thin skin of water molecules like parts of the moon. Dawn, an orbiting spacecraft, arrives today to begin orbiting and observing.
Rainbow toads, more precisely, the Bornean rainbow toad, has not been seen since 1924. It was one of the world's top 10 most wanted lost amphibians.
Last known dinosaur fossil discovery could pinpoint how they vanished. Researchers found what could be a horn from the last known dinosaur in Montana.
When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:
A researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution visited Palau and took a dive in the tiny island nation's Jellyfish Lake, and captured video of a swarm of Mastigias.
Atlantis launch: Despite a bleak forecast of thunderstorms and clouds, the shuttle beat the weather in a stunning midday launch, sailing into the sky on one final voyage.
Polar bear origins: A study of mitochondrial DNA has found that polar bears can trace their ancestry back to an brown bear that lived in Ireland between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago.
Paleontologists have unearthed a nearly complete skeleton of a Diprotodon, a fearsome three-ton wombat that rampaged across Australia some 2.5 million years ago until the arrival of the first humans.
Aircraft create more rain near airports by punching holes in the clouds, effectively seeding the clouds, according to a new study of the phenomenon.
Asteroid 2011 MD, reached its closest point to Earth just after 1 p.m. EDT, when it crept within 7,500 miles of Earth before whipping away again like a slingshot.
At 9:26 AM Eastern time on Monday, a small asteroid will make an extremely close pass to our planet, but there is no chance that it will strike it, say NASA officials.
Moon dust that had returned to earth from the historic flight that brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon was set to be auctioned off at a St. Louis auction house, say NASA officials.
Vesta and Ceres, the two largest objects in the asteroid belt, have mystified scientists for centuries. With NASA satellite Dawn on final approach to Vesta, the wait is almost over.
Japan earthquake: The magnitude 6.7 quake is the 75th aftershock of at least magnitude 6.0 following the devastating March earthquake in Japan.
Satellite Cassini flew through geyser plumes spouting from Enceladus and gathered ice crystals. These crystals are salt-rich, suggesting that a hidden salty sea lurks beneath Enceladus's icy cap.
Tuesday is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. For research teams toiling at the South Pole, though, it's the winter solstice and, oh boy, are they happy about it!
Summer solstice: Summer arrives to the Northern Hemisphere at 1:16pm Eastern time on Tuesday.
A joint NASA-Pentagon project, called the 100 Year Starship Study, aims to get inventive minds thinking about how human interstellar space travel can become a reality by next century.
NASA's Messenger probe, the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, has already taken more than 20,000 images.