Home / Science & Technology (page 10)

Science & Technology

Watch the Polar Vortex Cast Its Chill Over North America in This Satellite’s-Eye View

Americans across the Midwest and Northeast can agree on one thing — it’s really, really cold this week — and a NASA satellite monitoring air temperatures confirms the sentiment. An instrument called Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, on the Aqua satellite has been measuring the temperature of air masses …

Read More »

Groundhog Day is all about woodchuck sex

According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2nd, there will be six more weeks of winter; if not, an early spring is predicted. Of course groundhogs—also known as woodchucks—don’t emerge at this time just to be furry weather predictors. So what’s the real reason? Research into …

Read More »

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who’s Who of Superb Owls

This Sunday, the subreddit /r/superbowl will host a gathering of hoo-ligans. They’ll be fans of the Nocturnal Flying League. Real birds of a feather. Starting at 6 pm ET, the Superb Owl community will kick off an Ask Me Anything with biologist James Duncan, who has spent his entire adult …

Read More »

NSF science research funds are flowing again after the shutdown

air pollution

The U.S. agency in charge of funding everything from hurricane research to exploring Mars is back to business now that the longest government shutdown in history has ended. But it isn’t quite business as usual. The National Science Foundation’s first priority is to ensure scientists already approved for funding receive …

Read More »

An Algorithm That Can Spot When People Lie to the Police  

Spain’s National Police Corps recently welcomed a new member: an artificial-intelligence tool called VeriPol. It is the first text-based system for ferreting out phony robbery reports—and it is astoundingly accurate, researchers say. When Miguel Camacho Collados worked as a police inspector in Granada several years ago, he became frustrated at …

Read More »

Earth in 2050: This is what a world warmed by 1.5°C looks like

family in flood

From wild weather to huge ecosystem shifts, dramatic effects from global warming are already baked in – but by acting now we can prevent the worst People in many parts of the world – such as this family in Victoria, Australia – are feeling the impact of increasingly severe flooding, …

Read More »

Government Shutdown May Have Done Long-Term Damage to NASA

The longest government shutdown in American history is over, but the damage it inflicted on the nation’s space program may be felt for years to come. The 35-day partial shutdown, which caused most of NASA’s workforce to be furloughed, ended last Friday (Jan. 25) with a temporary fix …

Read More »

Why measles is back, in five charts

Too many people have forgotten what it’s like to live in a time where everyone got the measles. The vaccine was invented in 1963, and by 1968 cases in the U.S. had already dropped. By the ’70s it was downright rare to get measles as a child, when just a …

Read More »

Scientist Who Rejects Warming Is Named to EPA Advisory Board

The Earth will benefit from burning more fossil fuels and regulations on greenhouse gases must be challenged, one of EPA’s newest science advisers said yesterday. John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama, Hunstville, was one of the first to push the federal government to conduct …

Read More »