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News about Climate Change and our Planet


Why we can't stop thinking about warp drive

Debuting in 1966, ‘Star Trek’ made the universe seem like a much smaller place — thanks, in part, to the time- and space-bending power of the warp drive. (Photo: Willrow Hood/ Could we someday fire up a warp engine —…

8 things to know when adopting a blind dog

When I take a walk with that little fluff ball of a foster puppy above, we don’t get very far. It’s not because Galen is blind. It’s because everyone wants to stop and pet him because he’s so darn cute….

How to stay politically engaged without losing your mind

It’s not just in your head — these tough political times are making all of us a little sick. From losing sleep to feeling depressed to arguing with family and friends, today’s democracy in action isn’t exactly inspiring any of…

No party’s climate plan will avoid dangerous global warming levels – Policy Options

Modelling of the different party promises on climate change shows none of the plans would hit targets to avoid a 1.5°C increase in global warming. We’ve all heard that there are 12 years left to act to avoid a climate…

Modeling the complexity of the world’s water

(University of Pittsburgh) A national research team has received a combined $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation to create a new cyberinfrastructure framework, called Cyberwater. It can enable easy integration of diverse data sets and models for investigating water resources and climate-related environmental issues. It will allow users to integrate many different models without the need for coding, and it will enable reproducible computing and seamless, on-demand access to various HPC resources.


New tool provides critical information for addressing the global water crisis

There has been a critical gap in the ability to identify which households experience issues with reliably accessing safe water in sufficient quantities for all household uses, from drinking and cooking to bathing and cleaning — until now.

Smile! Optimism is good for your health

How’s your attitude? Are you the optimistic glass-half-full person or the pessimistic glass-half-empty type? If you’re the former, I have some good news for you: All of that optimism is good for your health. It might even make you live…

The truth about getting the flu shot

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized from flu-related complications, and anywhere from a few thousand…

New insights on Venus’ cloud-tops and super-rotation

Why does Venus’ upper atmosphere circle the planet in just 4 Earth-days, while the planet itself takes 243 Earth-days to spin once? Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft probed the mysterious “super-rotation” of Venus’ clouds.

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