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California fires are supercharged by this potent factor

Potent fires have been erupting in California since mid-August. That's when a lightning siege of over 13,000 strikes, from passing storm systems, started igniting the land....

NASA celebrates 15 years of Mars orbiter with stunning photos

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) recently passed its 15th anniversary leaving Earth behind to observe the red planet, and NASA is celebrating by recapping some of the robot’s best images....

Popular wildlife cam just became a dreadful fire cam

Hundreds of fires are burning in California. One of these many blazes, the Dolan Fire, is a grim scene on the normally pleasant explore.org wildlife webcams in the Ventana Wildlife...

See the grim demise of Canada’s last ice shelf

The Arctic is unraveling. This rapidly warming region — now heating up three times faster than the global average — has a new casualty. Last week,...

The hottest U.S. city just broke an intense record

July was just the beginning.  Phoenix experienced its hottest month ever recorded in July 2020, with reliable records going back to 1895. Now, the warmest city...

California fire spawns towering, ashy clouds

When wildfires grow hot and large enough, they can spawn towering, smoky clouds. The Apple Fire burning in Southern California’s San Bernardino National Forest produced these...

Don’t you wish you could fly free like this beautiful space butterfly?

These are hard days for the humans of planet Earth, especially those of us who despise inequity and fascism. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if you could flap your...

The largest-ever map of the universe bends the mind

This map looks back in time. Astronomers working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey — a decades-long project to map the universe — recently released a...

See the vile amount of droplets we spew into the air without masks

Researchers filmed the deluge of droplets that spew out of our mouths and noses when we talk, cough, and sneeze.  In under two minutes, the video...

Coronavirus infects bear cam rangers in remote Alaska

The coronavirus has reached an isolated part of an already remote national park in Alaska. On Sunday evening, Katmai National Park and Preserve — home to...

Yes, NASA totally released a trailer for the upcoming Mars launch

July 30. Mark your calendars. That's when we're going back to Mars. NASA released what I can only describe as a trailer for the upcoming ...

KFC moves to add 3D-printed chicken nuggets with lab-grown meat to its menu

If you're craving chicken nuggets, perhaps I can interest you in some 3D-printed ones from KFC. The fast-food restaurant chain has officially announced it's partnering with...

NASA and ESA have released the closest ever images of the Sun, and they’re...

NASA and the European Space Agency have released the amazing first images taken by the Solar Orbiter — including the closest pictures ever taken of our nearest star.

Why the fat bears are already getting so fat

Fat Bear Week isn't until October. Yet the brown bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve — who are live-streamed on the explore.org webcams over the summer — are...

The carbon footprint sham A ‘successful, deceptive’ PR campaign

In a dark TV ad aired in 1971, a jerk tosses a bag of trash from a moving car. The garbage spills onto the moccasins of a buckskin-clad Native...

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Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter

The rumored Galaxy F may capture all the buzz, but Bixby will take center stage at Samsung's developer conference. Josh Miller / CNET Samsung's Bixby digital assistant...

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