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Thawing chunks of Arctic sea ice trapped and sunk boats in the Atlantic Ocean

In the spring of 2017, a thick-hulled icebreaking research vessel, the Amundsen, had left its Quebec port en route to a research cruise in Hudson Bay. But the scientists aboard never made it to their destination: The Amundsen was diverted to rescue unsuspecting ships that had become entrapped by Arctic ice floes that moved into...CONTINUE READING
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Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries

While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play. By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges,...CONTINUE READING
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You’re more likely to get the flu from a sick flight attendant than a sick passenger: study

Air travel is often depicted as a spreader of diseases around the world, given that it squeezes lots of people into a small space. However, a new study shows that you’re not likely to get the flu from a passenger seated more than 1 meter, or 3.3 feet, away from you.  The study, published Monday...CONTINUE READING
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Stephen Hawking had multiple universes on his mind when he died

Before his death on March 14, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was deep in thought about the possibility of universes that exist well beyond our own — places with completely unknown galaxies, stars, and planets.   While there’s no evidence yet of any such parallel universes, also known as a multiverse, Hawking had been working with...CONTINUE READING
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What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change

Every week the Senate has been in session since April 2012, one lonely Democratic senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse, has taken to the Senate floor to speak about global warming. On March 13, Senator Whitehouse gave his 200th “It’s Time to Wake Up” speech on climate change.  The speech was atypical for Whitehouse, who...CONTINUE READING
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Want to spot ‘Steve’ the aurora? Here’s how to do it

There’s a never-before-studied aurora gracing night skies around the world, and NASA wants you to try to spot it. The newfound aurora, named Steve (short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), looks like a purple light with some green features.  Scientists think that Steve likely appears when charged plasma from the sun hits the Earth’s...CONTINUE READING
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Another nor’easter is on its way and you’ve got to be f*cking kidding

The fourth coastal storm in three weeks to hammer the Eastern Seaboard appears likely to form early next week, potentially delivering yet another crippling snowstorm to millions from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Unlike the previous storms, this one is going to form further to the south, putting the Washington, D.C. area, along with coastal...CONTINUE READING
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Acidifying oceans could hit the very base of the ocean’s food web

The bedrock of the ocean’s food chain, on which whales, sharks, and octopi ultimately rely, are tiny bits of photosynthetic algae called diatoms. They come in thousands of shapes and are imperceptible to the human eye.  If their populations collapse or shrink, there could be dramatic reverberations throughout the vast marine food web. Scientists have...CONTINUE READING
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