This Tool Shows How Much Climate Change Has Already Affected Your Hometown

You’re not imagining it: there really are more sweltering-hot days in most cities than when you were growing up. A new tool from the New York Times shows you exactly how your hometown’s climate has changed since you were born.


Stream Sounds From a National Park if You Can’t Get Away This Weekend

If you’re stuck at home this Labor Day, but wish you were hiking at a National Park instead, the National Park Service has you covered. In honor of its 102nd birthday, the foundation has started streaming the sound of the national parks.


Water Molecules Detected Above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Jupiter is without a doubt inhospitable, but it does have one thing going for it — increasing evidence that it’s rich in water. Astrophysicist Gordon L. Bjoraker of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recently published a paper in the Astronomical Journal, outlining how he and his team of researchers detected signatures of water emitting from Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. By studying the giant storm with ground-based telescopes, they were able to observe molecular hydrogen and oxygen at infrar

How Do You Move Text Messages Between Android and iOS?

We’re kicking Tech 911 up to “hard mode” this week—a little—because moving data from one smartphone platform to the other can be tricky. In a perfect world, there would be a quick, easy-to-use solution to getting your text messages from the platform you’re leaving to the platform you’re going to. And there is—you just…


Kick Off Labor Day Weekend With a Boilermaker

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. Today we are kicking off the long weekend with a drink that, much like the fine workers of this country, gets the job done. I am talking about the boilermaker.


Big Bang Vote: IAU Debates Who Gets Credit For Expanding Universe

A version of this article originally appeared on The Conversation. Astronomers are engaged in a lively debate over plans to rename one of the laws of physics. It emerged overnight in Vienna at the 30th Meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), in Vienna, where members of the general assembly considered a resolution on amending the name of the Hubble Law to the Hubble-Lemaître Law. The resolution aims to credit the work of the Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître and his

Save the Date: Citizen Science Day returns on April 13, 2019

SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to announce Citizen Science Day on Saturday, April 13, 2019! The fourth annual Citizen Science Day celebrates and raises awareness about the amazing volunteers, projects, and scientific breakthroughs that are part of citizen science, encourages new people to get involved, and connects people to local events. All organizations interested in citizen science, including museums, aquariums, natur

PSA: Reeder 3 is Now Free From the Mac App Store

If you’re in the market for a new RSS reader, have we got a deal for you.


This is the Best Time to Buy Holiday Flights this Year

If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season, the best time to do that is the middle of October, according to data from travel booking site Hipmunk.


The Kitchen Is Closing

My very first blog post was September 2008. A lot has changed since then—I started and completed a PhD program at the University of Hawaii (where I met my partner and now baby-daddy), did a post-doc, wrote one book (that you should really read—just ask Amazon or Smithsonian) and edited another (on science blogging!), and started a new full-time editing job with the YouTube science channel SciShow. And over those ten years, I have written more than 800 blog posts, my blog has gone from being

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