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Fall Science Preview: So Much Science is Headed Right for Us!

‘Tis the season for dwarf planets with an impending flood of Pluto flyby data and Dawn just about to point its spectrometer at the weird white spots on Ceres. Add in ocean floor explorations, a pair of weights in perpetual free-fall, and a rash of rocket launches and we just know this year is going out in a bang of… » 8/26/15 4:45pm Wednesday 4:45pm

Watch a Robot Explore 2100 Meters Below the Pacific Ocean, Live Right Now

Two robotic submersibles, or ROVs, have just plunged into the warm waters off the coast of Hawaii and are plunging 2100 meters to the sea floor to explore. And it’s happening right now, live. You can watch the squid swim by and visit this remote region that’s never been explored by humans. » 8/11/15 3:25pm 8/11/15 3:25pm

A Warm Ocean "Blob" In the Pacific Is Feeding a Toxic Algae Bloom 

The Blob has been there for over a year—a cauldron of extra-warm ocean temperatures off the coast of the Pacific Northwest that just won’t budge. The Blob has already affected food availability and habitats for marine life, and now scientists are starting to see at least one dangerous side-effect of the Blob: A… » 8/07/15 8:00pm 8/07/15 8:00pm

This Storm-Hunting Drone Flew Into the Eye of a Hurricane

When Hurricane Edouard came whooshing over North Atlantic this week, one little drone was ready. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coyote is neither especially big nor especially tough-looking, but it flew where no pilot—and no drone—had ever flown before. This is the future of storm hunting. » 9/17/14 7:58pm 9/17/14 7:58pm

A Dead Satellite Could Ruin Weather--And Tornado--Prediction For Years

While extreme weather events seem to come and go more often than ever, our ability to forecast them does at least help us minimize risk to human life. But an impending weather satellite outage could make events like yesterday's devestating tornado even harder to predict—for up to three years. » 5/21/13 9:30am 5/21/13 9:30am

Why Some AT&T Users Didn't Receive Yesterday's Emergency Alert

If you were anywhere near the East Coast yesterday, you might have received an emergency storm alert on your phone telling you it's time to to break into mass hysteria. Or maybe you didn't! While it was nice to know that someone cared for those that got it, the emergency alert was hitting people's phones pretty… » 2/08/13 3:14pm 2/08/13 3:14pm

The Titanic's First Explorer Was Not Named After the Chipmunk

After sinking, the RMS Titanic lay undisturbed beneath 12,000 feet of freezing North Atlantic water for years, but in 1985 its watery tomb was finally breached by another marquee vessel—the crown prince of HOVs. » 4/14/12 10:00am 4/14/12 10:00am

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