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NASA: 2012 Was 9th Hottest Year on Record Worldwide

Last year was the ninth hottest year for the globe since 1880, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) today (Jan. 15). Full story

Satellites can detect rogue nuclear tests

A new technique using GPS and large radio telescopes can detect clandestine underground nuclear tests using waves that travel from the blast into the upper atmosphere, or ionosphere, new research suggests. Full story

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An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is seen in La Paz
An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is seen in La Paz

An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is seen in La Paz June 26, 2013. The rare halo around the sun is caused by the refraction of sunlight by small ice crystal in the atmosphere. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez (EL SALVADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is pictured in the sky above Seaside Heights
An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is pictured in the sky above Seaside Heights

An atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is pictured in the sky above Seaside Heights, New Jersey, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

A man takes a photograph of an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights
A man takes a photograph of an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights

A man takes a photograph of an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

Workers repair a building damaged by Superstorm Sandy underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights
Workers repair a building damaged by Superstorm Sandy underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights

Workers repair a building damaged by Superstorm Sandy underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A bird flies underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Seaside Heights
A bird flies underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Seaside Heights

A bird flies underneath an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Seaside Heights, New Jersey, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A boy looks up at an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Havana
A boy looks up at an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Havana

A boy looks up at an atmospheric phenomenon known as a "sun dog" in the sky over Havana, April 12, 2013. The rare halo around the sun is caused by the refraction of sunlight by small ice crystal in the atmosphere. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)