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  • Is weather becoming more extreme? The Big Picture
    By on June 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Extreme weather events have always been with us, and always will be. One can’t point to a single severe storm, or even an entire harsh winter, as evidence of climate change. But a trend of weather intensity, and oddity, grows. Droughts linger longer. Hurricanes hit harder. Snowstorms strike long after winter should have ended. World record hailstones fall. China endures a crippling drought, and then punishing floods. Millions are displaced (more…)

  • Sporting schedule hit by weather
    By on December 21, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The adverse weather conditions continue to have an impact on sporting events across Britain.


  • X-Ray Noise From Comets Leads To Space Weather Signal
    By on June 23, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “Scientists observing the x-ray sky first noticed noise in their signals that was eventually ascribed to x-rays produced when the solar wind interacts with the tails of comets. Once alerted to this phenomenon, researchers then noticed that similar x-rays are generated when solar wind particles strike neutral atoms just above Earth’s magnetosphere, the bubble produced by Earth’s magnetic field that surrounds the planet and protects (more…)

  • Gadget Freeze Test: Does Cold Weather Injure Cell Phones?
    By on November 23, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    You know that cold weather can make your cell phone sluggish, or make a fully charged one read low battery. But can cold weather do serious damage to your phone? We subjected six phones to progressively lower temperatures until they stopped working. Then, for good measure, we dunked some of them in liquid nitrogen.