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The Great Salt Lake is drying up and turning into toxic dust

Declining water levels exposed much of the Great Salt Lake's bed and created conditions for storms of dust laden with toxic metals that now threaten 2 million people.
Gif of Kevin Perry riding his bike through the dry Salt Lake.
Gif of Kevin Perry riding his bike through the dry Salt Lake.

Sale jumpstarts floating, offshore wind power in U.S. waters

Offshore wind is well established in the U.K. and some other countries but is just beginning to ramp up off America’s coasts.
The five turbines of America's first offshore wind farm, owned by the Danish company, Orsted, stand off the coast of Block Island, R.I., in this, Oct. 17, 2022, file photo. The federal government is working on a plan to protect right whales while also developing offshore wind power off the the East Coast.
The five turbines of America's first offshore wind farm, owned by the Danish company, Orsted, stand off the coast of Block Island, R.I., in this, Oct. 17, 2022, file photo. The federal government is working on a plan to protect right whales while also developing offshore wind power off the the East Coast.
2d ago

Construction begins on the world's largest radio telescope

Known as the Square Kilometre Array, the mega observatory consists of huge clusters of dishes and antennas spread across remote parts of South Africa and Western Australia.
A composite image of the SKA-Low telescope, blending the existing AAVS2.0 prototype station in Western Australia with an artist's impression of the future SKA-Low stations.
A composite image of the SKA-Low telescope, blending the existing AAVS2.0 prototype station in Western Australia with an artist's impression of the future SKA-Low stations.
6d ago

Hawaii locals fear the impact of the Mauna Loa eruption as lava oozes closer to a main highway

As of Thursday afternoon, the lava was about 3.2 miles away from the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, which connects the east and west sides of the Big Island.
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Jargon alert: How doctors speak could cause 'harm' for patients

"You could be the smartest doctor in the world, yet you're useless if your patients don't understand what you are saying," a University of Minnesota researcher said.
Stock photo of doctors medical results during consultation on tablet computer with woman patient in health clinic.
Stock photo of doctors medical results during consultation on tablet computer with woman patient in health clinic.
8d ago

Aerial video captures eruption of world's largest active volcano in Hawaii

The video, captured by helicopter, shows the volcano spewing fountains of lava, which stretch across its surface, as clouds of smoke rise above.
Aerial footage showing the eruption of Mauna Loa, in Hawaii
Aerial footage showing the eruption of Mauna Loa, in Hawaii
9d ago

New space observatory helps solve mystery involving enormous black holes

Some black holes unleash incredibly bright jets of high-energy particles. Researchers say they're starting to understand why.
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
9d ago

World's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, erupts in Hawaii

It is the volcano's first eruption since 1984, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Officials said lava flows were "contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities."
This aerial image released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on November 28, 2022 courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows the lava in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. - Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, US authorities said, as emergency crews went on alert early Monday.
This aerial image released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on November 28, 2022 courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows the lava in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. - Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, US authorities said, as emergency crews went on alert early Monday.
10d ago

China rocket taking 3 to space station to blast off Tuesday

The station’s third and final module docked with the station this month, one of the last steps in China’s more than decadelong effort to maintain a constant crewed presence in orbit.
Chinese astronauts Zhang Lu, left, Fei Junlong, center, and Deng Qingming, the crew of the Shenzhou-15 spaceflight mission, wave at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gansu province on Nov. 28, 2022, a day before the scheduled launch.
Chinese astronauts Zhang Lu, left, Fei Junlong, center, and Deng Qingming, the crew of the Shenzhou-15 spaceflight mission, wave at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gansu province on Nov. 28, 2022, a day before the scheduled launch.

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

The measures taking effect Friday will include reductions on water for the irrigation of crops and industry.
Cracks in the Sau reservoir in Catalonia, Spain, on Oct. 3, 2022.
Cracks in the Sau reservoir in Catalonia, Spain, on Oct. 3, 2022.
16d ago

Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve

Pollution is triggering algae blooms that have killed much of the seagrass on which manatees depend, conservations groups said.
Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018.
Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018.