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These Australian ants are bucking the 'insect apocalypse' trend

Some insects don’t seem to have gotten the memo about end of the world. Despite increasingly stark scientific warnings about the state of bug-kind — including a recent report suggesting 40 percent of the world’s insect populations are in steep…

Can Africa's Great Green Wall combat climate change and mass migration?

[embedded content] The Great Green Wall may be the most aptly named thing ever. It’s great, stretching nearly 5,000 miles across the continent of Africa. It’s green, consisting of millions of trees. And it’s a wall — not a solid…

How hurricanes are named (and why)

Some of the most notorious villains in American history are known by only one name. From Betsy and Camille to Katrina, Ike and Sandy, their legacies are so etched into our collective memory that it only takes a few syllables…

These electric-blue night clouds are expanding around the globe, says NASA

[embedded content] Every year, for a period of between five to 10 days, the night skies over Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are visited by an unusual phenomenon known as noctilucent clouds (NLCs) or polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs). Residing at…

Bizarre summer hailstorm covers Guadalajara in ice

[embedded content] It’s not every summer that a city in Mexico gets covered in 5 or more feet of ice, but it happened in Guadalajara. A freak hailstorm covered the city in a thick blanket of ice on June 30,…

Europe prepares for devastating heat wave

An intense heat wave is set to hit Europe, starting this week, accompanied by the ominous warning from Spanish meteorologist Silvia Laplana that “hell is coming.” Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), French…

Strange wave-shaped clouds roll across Mount Pisgah

Wave clouds over Mount Pisgah in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo: Grant W. Goodge/Wikimedia Commons) At first glance, you might assume this image is the result of some elaborate Photoshop trick, but trust us, it’s 100 percent real! These bizarre, tubular…

7 things to know about the summer solstice

One of the best things about summer are the extra hours of daylight, and the summer solstice is the ultimate day in that regard. Although summer is just getting started, the days will start to get shorter from here on…

These sled dogs aren't walking on water, but something fishy is going on

Each year in June, just before all the sea ice has melted, climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute head out by dog sled onto the Greenland sea ice to collect their instruments. Typically the dogs walk on ice for…

What is a landspout?

[embedded content] There are several types of well-known tornadoes — waterspouts, snowspouts and supercell tornadoes come to mind — but the landspout is unique because it borders the line between a full-blown tornado and a dust devil. A meteorologist named…