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So What’s Going on With That ‘Hurricane of Dark Matter?’

It’s the perfect science-fiction device: a hurricane of dark matter. Recent, real-life research has demonstrated that our Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream. Some publications have seized on this ominous-sounding idea, reporting that Earth is about to be walloped by a dark matter storm—but in fact, if it exists, we’re already inside the storm. The reality of the situation isn’t quite so dire, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Making Hurricane Scales Obsolete

One of the things you can count on in the wake of a hurricane making landfall is people clamouring for a new classification system. That’s what happened with Hurricane Florence in the US. And frankly, the discussion has never been more urgent thanks to climate change. Read More >>

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1.7 Million Chickens Have Drowned in Florence’s Floodwaters

Large parts of the Carolinas remain underwater thanks to Florence’s record rainfall, but the impacts of the storm are slowly trickling out. The latest news from the state’s flooded agriculture sector is not good. Read More >>

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Aerial Photos Reveal the Devastation Left by Hurricane Florence

After ploughing into along America's North Carolina coast late last week, Florence lingered over the region all weekend like an unwanted house guest. Though its winds had slackened to a tropical depression by Sunday, the record-setting rains it unleashed have created a flooding catastrophe that is still unfolding. The scale of that catastrophe is now becoming apparent in aerial photographs. Read More >>

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Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in America

With an ear-splitting howl and booming surf, Hurricane Florence has arrived in the US, on the coast of state North Carolina. The storm could be a landmark event that breaks rainfall records, leaves waterways flooded for weeks, and reshapes the Carolinas coast for decades. Read More >>

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Oh My God Look at the Atlantic Ocean Right Now

Hurricane Florence is the biggest threat in the Atlantic right now, but it’s hardly the only storm. The tropics have gone wild, with three hurricanes spinning at the same time, as you can see for yourself in satellite imagery captured as the sun rose on the Atlantic this morning. Read More >>

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Scientists Terrorised Lizards With a Leaf Blower to Study Natural Selection

I’m not sure if lizards can experience PTSD, but if they can, I have every reason to believe this science experiment induced it. Read More >>

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Hurricanes Aren’t Moving as Fast as They Used to, and That’s Bad

The pace at which hurricanes move across the planet is slowing, according to new research. This suggests Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over Texas last summer, may not have been an anomaly, and that highly destructive, slow-moving tropical storms are becoming more common. Read More >>

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A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and extreme radiation. But who needs an imagination when the storms here on Earth already beam radiation, including antimatter, down toward the ground? Read More >>

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Strong Hurricanes Intensify Faster Now Than They Did in the 1980s

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was brutal, featuring strong weather systems that morphed into severe and treacherous hurricanes in a remarkably short period of time. This phenomenon, known as rapid intensification, is now happening with greater ferocity than it did three decades ago, according to new research. Read More >>

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Stunning Aerosol Visualisation Accidentally Captures the Ferocity of This Year’s Hurricane Season

A new simulation produced by NASA’s Data Visualisation Studio packs four months of swirling atmospheric activity into a two minute clip that reminds us how unrelenting this past hurricane season really was. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Took a Tour of Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico in ‘Magical’ VR 

On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promoted the social media giant’s new Facebook Spaces app, which allows users to remotely cast cartoon avatars of themselves walking around locations in the real world, by taking a “magical” tour of Puerto Rico. Read More >>

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Hurricane Nate Sets Record for Most Consecutive Atlantic Hurricanes Since at Least 1893

Tropical Depression Nate, the former hurricane which pummelled the Gulf Coast near Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama at Category 1 status early Sunday, has made the 2017 hurricane season one of the worst on record since 1893 and possibly earlier. Read More >>

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Alphabet’s X Approved to Deploy Project Loon LTE Balloons to Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Project Loon, the former Google X Lab enterprise to provide mobile data to rural areas and disaster zones via high-altitude weather balloons, now run by Google’s parent company Alphabet, may soon get another major test drive. Read More >>

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Richard Branson Is Having a Weird Sleepover With ‘Young People’ During a Hurricane

Let’s talk about a few facts. Billionaire party enthusiast Richard Branson owns a private isle in the Virgin Islands. Branson’s island sits squarely in the path of Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms the Atlantic has ever seen. Rather than retreat to a safer location, Branson has collected a mysterious group of “young people” for a “sleepover” in the wine cellar on his private island. They’re going to ride it out. Read More >>