Not even soaking rain can ease fire risk in a California hit by record heat, dry landscape

by Hayley Smith and Alexandra E. Petri Credit: CC0 Public Domain A summer of drought, extreme heat and deadly wildfires will end with much-needed rain this week in parts of California, but it is unlikely to douse the threat of wind-driven fires this fall in a state scarred by record-setting heat waves and bone-dry landscapes. … Read more

Record of Antarctic ice sheet response to climate cycles found in rock samples

UCSC researchers analyzed two rock samples collected in Eastern Antarctica in which alternating layers of calcite and opal reflect cyclic changes in the subglacial environment. Sample MA113 is 9 centimeters thick and comes from Mount Achernar Moraine on the side of Law Glacier. Credit: Gavin Piccione By analyzing unusual rock samples collected years ago in … Read more

Drought, record heat, fires and now maybe floods

A helicopter drops water on the Fairview Fire burning on a hillside Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, near Hemet, Calif. Scientists say a warming planet will lead to hotter, longer and more wildfire-plagued heat waves. Credit: AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu, File Californians sweated it out amid a record-breaking heat wave entering its 10th day Friday that … Read more

Three papers highlight results of record 1.3 megajoule yield experiment

Physical Review Letters and two in Physical Review E. This stylized image shows a cryogenic target used for these record-setting inertial fusion experiments. Credit: James Wickboldt/LLNL” width=”800″ height=”457″/> On the one-year anniversary of achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility, the scientific results of this record experiment have been … Read more

Record amount of seaweed is choking shores in the Caribbean

Lakes Beach is covered in sargassum in St. Andrew along the east coast of Barbados, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. More than 24 million tons of sargassum blanketed the Atlantic in June, up from 18.8 million tons in May, according to a monthly report published by the University of South Florida’s Optical Oceanography Lab that noted … Read more

JWST beats its own record with potential most distant galaxies

Astronomers are now discovering record-breaking distant galaxies by the dozen while sifting through the treasure trove of data now being collected by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb). Among them are several galaxies dating back to just over 200 million years after the Big Bang. Prior to the launch of the James Webb … Read more

SpaceX launches 32nd mission of the year, breaking record set in 2021 – Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket climbs above a marine layer over Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, heading to orbit with 46 more Starlink internet satellites. Credit: SpaceX With barely half over, SpaceX launched its 32nd mission of the year Friday from California’s Central Coast, breaking the company’s record for most launches in a year and … Read more

SpaceX to break 2021 record with 32nd launch of 2022

SpaceX is set to break several records on the Starlink Group 3-2 mission. Launching from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the Falcon 9 Block 5 will place 46 Starlink internet communication satellites into the third shell of the constellation. Liftoff is scheduled for July 21, 2022, … Read more

Researchers record successful startup of dark matter detector at underground research facility

Members of the LZ team in the LZ water tank after the outer detector installation. Credit: Matthew Kapust/Sanford Underground Research Facility Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), an innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector—the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)—has … Read more

A weird star produced the fastest nova on record

This illustration shows an intermediate polar system, a type of two-star system that the research team thinks V1674 Hercules belongs to. A flow of gas from the large companion star impacts an accretion disk before flowing along magnetic field lines onto the white dwarf. Credit: Mark Garlick Astronomers are buzzing after observing the fastest nova … Read more