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4d ago

Asteroid coming exceedingly close to Earth but will miss

Even if the space rock came a lot closer, scientists said, most of it would burn up in the atmosphere, with some of the bigger pieces possibly falling as meteorites.
NASA's estimated trajectory of asteroid 2023 BU, in red, and the orbit of geosynchronous satellites, in green.
NASA's estimated trajectory of asteroid 2023 BU, in red, and the orbit of geosynchronous satellites, in green.

Tornado Alley is creeping into new territory

In recent years, researchers have noticed that fewer tornadoes were touching down in the Great Plains and that more were hitting the Southeast.
Ayala and his brother were also looking for their missing dog. His mother Norma Ayala, 72, and her disabled son live in the home that was destroyed during the storm.
Ayala and his brother were also looking for their missing dog. His mother Norma Ayala, 72, and her disabled son live in the home that was destroyed during the storm.
6d ago

SpaceX completes Starship test in prep for rocket’s first orbital launch attempt

Starship is a nearly 400-foot-tall rocket designed to carry cargo and people beyond Earth.
The SpaceX Starship Full Wet Dress on Jan. 23, 2023 in Texas.
The SpaceX Starship Full Wet Dress on Jan. 23, 2023 in Texas.

Scientists set Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever before

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that humanity is facing a time of “unprecedented danger.”
Scientists around the Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight.
Scientists around the Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight.
6d ago

Scans reveal secrets of Egypt's mummified 'golden boy,' buried for 2,300 years

Radiologists at Cairo University in Egypt used CT scans to "digitally unwrap" the remains, uncovering signs of wealth as well as efforts to ensure his safe passage to the afterlife.
"Golden Boy" revealed in four stages of digital unwrapping.
"Golden Boy" revealed in four stages of digital unwrapping.
9d ago

The space between Earth and the moon is about to get a little more crowded

Experts say cislunar space could become strategically important, potentially opening up competition over resources and positioning and even sparking geopolitical conflicts.
Photo collage: Images of the moon, earth superimposed with diagrams of cislunar orbits with yellow stars over red color overlays and white stars over red and blue color overlays.
Photo collage: Images of the moon, earth superimposed with diagrams of cislunar orbits with yellow stars over red color overlays and white stars over red and blue color overlays.

The Great Salt Lake is at risk of ecological collapse. Lawmakers are scrambling to buy more time.

The shrinking Great Salt Lake is facing ecological collapse as salinity levels rise. State leaders hope a hearty snowpack and a surplus in the state budget can save the lake — or at least buy them time.
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson walks along the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson walks along the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City
11d ago

Twinkle, twinkle fading stars: Hiding in our brighter skies

A new study that analyzes data from more than 50,000 amateur stargazers finds that artificial lighting is making the night sky about 10% brighter every year.
Every year, the night sky grows brighter, and the stars look dimmer. A new study that analyzes data from more than 50,000 amateur stargazers finds that artificial lighting is making the night sky about 10% brighter each year.Image:
Every year, the night sky grows brighter, and the stars look dimmer. A new study that analyzes data from more than 50,000 amateur stargazers finds that artificial lighting is making the night sky about 10% brighter each year.Image:
11d ago

Record-breaking 'Toadzilla' discovered in Australia

The giant cane toad was discovered Jan. 12 by park rangers in the state of Queensland. 
Australian rangers have euthanised a "monster" cane toad discovered in the wilds of a coastal park - a warty brown specimen as long as a human arm and weighing 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds).
Australian rangers have euthanised a "monster" cane toad discovered in the wilds of a coastal park - a warty brown specimen as long as a human arm and weighing 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds).

U.S. earmarks $490 million for wildfire prevention

Ongoing “megadrought” conditions in the West have made many states vulnerable to destructive wildfires, turning distinct wildfire seasons into year-round threats.
Firefighter Christian Mendoza manages a backfire, flames lit by firefighters to burn off vegetation, while battling the Mosquito Fire in Placer County, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2022.
Firefighter Christian Mendoza manages a backfire, flames lit by firefighters to burn off vegetation, while battling the Mosquito Fire in Placer County, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2022.

Mexico cracks down on solar geoengineering, forcing startup to pause operations

The government said last week that it plans to “prohibit and, where appropriate, stop experimentation practices with solar geoengineering in the country.”
The sun behind dark clouds.
The sun behind dark clouds.