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Expect 'active' hurricane season, U.S. forecasters warn

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there is a 65 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season along the Atlantic seaboard.
Image: Flooding in Louisiana
Image: Flooding in Louisiana

U.S. has therapies, vaccines to protect against monkeypox: 'You can stop this pretty quickly'

Two FDA-approved vaccines for smallpox are in the Strategic National Stockpile, one of many reasons this outbreak is nothing like the coronavirus.
Image: A transmission electron micrograph of smallpox viruses.
Image: A transmission electron micrograph of smallpox viruses.

South Asia’s intense heat wave a ‘sign of things to come’

Indian cities and Pakistan consistently saw temperatures above 45 C (113 F) in the recent weeks.
Laborers work at a brick kiln factory during a heatwave in Jacobabad, Pakistan, on May 12, 2022.
Laborers work at a brick kiln factory during a heatwave in Jacobabad, Pakistan, on May 12, 2022.

Electric vehicles tease a new energy source: Gravity

A series of projects use loaded trains or trucks to generate energy while going downhill, making the vehicles particularly eco-friendly.
One of Fortescue's ore trains near the Eliwana mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The route is nearly 100 miles long.
One of Fortescue's ore trains near the Eliwana mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The route is nearly 100 miles long.

What the world can learn from Australia's 'climate election'

Climate change polled as a major issue among the public, with the Greens and eco-conscious independents making the largest gains.
Flood in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia, on Feb. 28, 2022.
Flood in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia, on Feb. 28, 2022.

Al Gore's climate project names new CEO

Phyllis Cuttino, formerly director of the clean energy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, will become the Climate Reality Project’s new leader beginning June 1.
Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for Pew Charitable Trusts, speaks during the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York, on April 5, 2011.
Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for Pew Charitable Trusts, speaks during the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York, on April 5, 2011.
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Boeing's Starliner launches on third attempt to reach International Space Station

The much-delayed flight is an uncrewed trip to and from the space station.
Image: Starliner spacecraft
Image: Starliner spacecraft
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Mexican archaeologist who led landmark Aztec Temple excavation wins major award

Spain's notable Princess of Asturias Award honored Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, whose work on the Great Aztec Temple was a major event for over 20 years.
Image: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Image: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
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Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July, power dwindling

It will be NASA’s second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018.
This composite image made available by NASA on Dec. 11, 2018 shows the InSight lander on the surface of Mars.
This composite image made available by NASA on Dec. 11, 2018 shows the InSight lander on the surface of Mars.

Four key measures of climate change set records in 2021

Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean temperatures and ocean acidification all hit their highest recorded levels, a U.N. report found.
Scorching Heat In Delhi-NCR
Scorching Heat In Delhi-NCR

Tooth from Laotian cave sheds light on enigmatic extinct humans

The tooth is one of the few physical remains known of Denisovans, a sister lineage to Neanderthals who until now had been known only from scrappy dental and bone fossils from a single site in Siberia and one in the Himalayas.
A tooth believed to have belonged to a young female from the extinct human species called the Denisovans.
A tooth believed to have belonged to a young female from the extinct human species called the Denisovans.

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