2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

“I don’t think there’s much going to happen that will change that, barring a massive volcano,” says Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which released the atmospheric data along with NOAA.

If You Are Going to Survive, You Must Prepare to Fail

If You Are Going to Survive, You Must Prepare to Fail

Dale was a US Air Force fighter pilot sitting in an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter—the black angular ones that look like a UFO—a jet that was considered by most people at the time to be pretty much invulnerable.

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate change is making the urban heat-island effect all the more dire in cities across the world, and it’s only going to get worse.

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

In the decades that followed, the Monthly published variations on the interior problem, which mainly involved horses (and in at least one case a mule) rather than goats, with fences that were circular, square, and elliptical in shape.

Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?

Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?

“I felt that the Paris agreement was the moment when the world decided it really had to manage climate change in a serious way,” he said.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Eventually, Stahlman, who has since retired, decided that the problem was likely temperature: Something about spraying in high heat was rendering the herbicides less effective.

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

Instead of diving deep into all of the feature films the Mouse House had in the works for 2021, Disney big wigs focused heavily on all the new offerings coming to their streaming service, including some 22 Marvel and Star Wars projects landing there starting next year.

Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets

Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets

But whatever you call it, the fact remains that the Asian honey bee species Apis cerana flies around collecting bird and water buffalo poo not with its hind legs, like it does with pollen, but with its mouth.“The poor Asian honey bees, they are just plagued by a suite of really relentless hornets,” says Mattila.

Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off

Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off

When the first season aired in 2010, its creators probably didn’t expect it would turn into a decade-long cultural phenomenon, let alone imagine the trouble posed by rising temperatures.The Great British Baking Show has encountered many temperature-related disasters in a decade-long run.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

With the PlayStation 5, Sony put serious effort into upgrading the console's capabilities with Tempest, a proprietary 3D audio engine.We won’t know for sure until we test out some demanding games on the new console, but the focus on reducing noise can only be an improvement over the PS4.

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

That day, the fire appeared likely to reach the floor of the Sacramento Valley at a subdivision called Land Park, about a mile northwest of Derksen’s house.

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

It’s part of a broader category of caloric effects, in which some external trigger—a force, pressure, a magnetic or electric field—induces a change in a material’s temperature.If the rubber is stretched quickly enough, the latent heat stays in the material and its temperature goes up.

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

“Even though the surface winds were pretty weak, there was a low-level jet above the mountains,” says Craig Clements, a fire weather researcher (and fire chaser ) at San Jose State University.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Back in 2015, theater chains freaked out when Netflix, presumably looking for a theatrical run in order to qualify for the Oscar race, wanted to release Beasts of No Nation in cinemas on the same day the movie became available to stream.

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Heat exhaustion is a culmination of overheating, dehydration, and other factors overloading the body's cooling system, which causes a lot of problems.As a Wilderness First Responder, dealing with people suffering from heat exhaustion is one of the toughest parts of the role, because they often don't want to be helped.

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

The studio previously planned for an August 12 release date, but that seemed increasingly likely to expose American moviegoers to the coronavirus—hence Rogen's quip about Nolan and his fans.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

A heat dome “is really just sort of a colloquial term for a persistent and/or strong high-pressure system that occurs during the warm season, with the end result being a lot of heat,” says climate scientist Daniel Swain of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat that could threaten human survival are on the rise across the world, suggesting that worst-case-scenario warnings about the consequences of global heating are already occurring, a new study has revealed.

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

I’m going to look at a bunch of different ways that humans have invented to increase or decrease temperature.But the main point is that two things can have the same temperature but different thermal energies.

The Timely Retrofuturism of UC Berkeley’s Virtual Theater

The Timely Retrofuturism of UC Berkeley’s Virtual Theater

But on Monday, March 9, a week into rehearsals, the play’s director, Mina Morita, came down with a sore throat.Morita began rehearsals by asking each of the 20 members of the cast and crew to share updates and feelings from the day.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

In the case of, say, a gasoline-powered car, the fuel is mixed with air, crammed into a piston chamber, and set alight, causing it to jump more than 1,000 degrees in temperature.

TV and Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home—and How to Stream Them

TV and Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home—and How to Stream Them

Here’s a guide to all of the services currently available, filled with movies, TV shows, documentaries, kid’s programming, sports, and theater to make your quarantine a little more cultured.

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

It landed at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 4:43 am local time—a crossing time of just 4 hours and 56 minutes, and a new record for subsonic aircraft.