These supernovas are whipping up a storm, contributing to cosmic life and death

Astronomers have discovered a hitherto unknown source of the cosmic dust. As to why this dust is important to track? Well, these particles basically act as building blocks for stars. The international team found that such dust can be created by a type of cosmic explosion that occurs when a dead white dwarf star strips … Read more

Science Reveals Whether It’s Safer to Be Wet or Dry in a Lightning Storm : ScienceAlert

We have good news for those of you who have an unholy terror of getting struck by lightning: dousing your head in rainwater may increase your chance of survival by up to 90 percent. That’s the conclusion arrived at by a team of scientists who built fake human heads, zapped them with powerful bolts of … Read more

Rise in Storm Intensity Prompts Calls For a Whole New Category of Hurricane : ScienceAlert

Heat trapped by fossil fuel emissions is making Earth’s atmosphere ‘huff and puff’ with increasing fury. Some winds are now blowing so intensely that researchers propose adding an even more extreme category to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. “As a cautious scientist, you never want to cry wolf,” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory climate scientist Michael … Read more

Giant geomagnetic storm to slam into Earth, fueling auroras across northern US

The sun has launched a blob of plasma toward Earth that could trigger a geomagnetic storm in the planet’s magnetic field, officials say. This could bring stunning aurora displays to parts of the United States, primarily northern and upper Midwest states today (Jan. 22 and Tuesday (Jan. 23), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Read more

Massive Mars dust storm spotted by China’s Tianwen-1 probe

China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter spotted a massive dust storm on Mars near Olympus Mons, the biggest mountain in the solar system. The massive dust storm was captured by the medium-resolution MoRIC camera on Tianwen-1 in January 2022. The mission launched in July 2020 and arrived in orbit around Mars just ahead of the arrival of NASA’s … Read more

A spacecraft at Mars watched a dust storm lift tons of grains in a short time

New footage from Mars shows Red Planet dust reservoirs can send out huge clouds of material in a short time. The Hope mission from the United Arab Emirates captured Mars images before and after a dust storm that show “discernible alterations on the surface,” officials with the Hope mission wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on … Read more

A Perfect Storm of Culture And Climate Gave Us Pro Skateboarding, Study Says : ScienceAlert

A thriving surf scene and a drought in Southern California set the stage for the rise of professional skateboarding in the 1970s. This was not a coincidence but the result of complex relationships between people and climate, a new study says, and it couldn’t have happened anywhere but California. The annual construction of around 20,000 … Read more