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Disastrous duo: Heatwaves and droughts

Simultaneous heatwaves and droughts are becoming increasingly common in western parts of the Unites States, according to a new study. Periods of dry and hot weather, which can make wildfires more likely, are becoming larger, more intense, and more frequent because of climate change.

NASA finds post-tropical storm Beta’s clouds blanketing the Southeastern US   

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA’s Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Post-Tropical Cyclone Beta as it continued moving slowly through the Tennessee Valley. Clouds associated with the low-pressure area looked like a large white blanket draped across much of the southeastern U.S.

Caribbean islands face loss of protection and biodiversity as seagrass loses terrain

Tropical islands have an important ally when it comes to battling storms and sea-level rise: seagrass. During hurricane Irma (2017), scientists witnessed how native seagrass meadows along the coast of Sint Maarten held their ground, reduced coastal erosion and lowered the chances of flooding. Over the years she saw the pressures on this natural storm protection increasing. James warns that further loss of these green meadows will leave tropical islands vulnerable.

Post-Tropical Storm Teddy in NASA Newfoundland nighttime view

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Post-tropical cyclone Teddy over the province of Newfoundland, Canada in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2020.

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NASA nets Dolphin as an extratropical storm

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA’s Aqua satellite caught a visible image of Dolphin after it passed east central Japan on Sept. 24, 2020, where it became an extratropical storm in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

NASA nets Dolphin as an extratropical storm

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA’s Aqua satellite caught a visible image of Dolphin after it passed east central Japan on Sept. 24, 2020, where it became an extratropical storm in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Likely molecular mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis are revealed by network biology

Researchers have built an interactome that includes the lung-epithelial cell host interactome integrated with a SARS-CoV-2 interactome. Applying network biology analysis tools to this human/SARS-CoV-2 interactome has revealed potential molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The research identified 33 high-value SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic targets, which are possibly involved in viral entry, proliferation and survival to establish infection and facilitate disease progression.

NASA finds Tropical Storm Lowell’s center north of strongest side

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA’s Aqua satellite used infrared light to identify strongest storms and coldest cloud top temperatures in Tropical Storm Lowell and found them south of the center of circulation.

NASA tracking Beta’s heavy rainfall into lower Mississippi Valley

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Slow-moving post-tropical storm Beta continues to drop large amounts of rainfall in Texas as it moves into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Sept. 23. A NASA satellite rainfall product that incorporates data from satellites and observations estimated Beta’s rainfall rates.