Atmosphere
Atmospheric aerosol formation from biogenic vapors is strongly affected by air pollutants  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
According to a recent study, air pollution not only affects air quality, but it also changes the pathways along which new particles are formed... more
Hubble Finds Fast-Evaporating Warm Neptune: GJ 3470b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Extrasolar ‘Neptunes’ are exoplanets with masses and radii similar to those of the ice giants in the Solar System. In 2015, astronomers... more
Ionosphere Plasma Experiments Reviewed in a New Kazan University Publication  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
There are only a few so-called “heaters” in the world – special facilities which create artificial... more
Africa: An air pollution wildcard  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For the past four years, atmospheric scientists have been flying around the world with NASA on a mission to analyze pollution chemistry in the air and oceans. The NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission or ATom, which flew its last... more
In search of missing worlds, Hubble finds a fast evaporating exoplanet  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers have used Hubble to nab a second 'very warm' Neptune (GJ 3470b) that is losing its atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than that... more
Virgin Galactic completes crewed space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 3 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Virgin Galactic completes manned space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 3 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Atmospheric 14C/12C changes during the last glacial period from Hulu Cave  Science Magazine · 3 days
Paired measurements of 14C/12C and 230Th ages from two Hulu Cave stalagmites complete a precise record of atmospheric 14C covering the full range of the 14C... more
Strengthened scientific support for the Endangerment Finding for atmospheric greenhouse gases  Science Magazine · 3 days
We assess scientific evidence that has emerged since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 Endangerment Finding for six well-mixed greenhouse gases, and find that this new... more
Researchers shine new light on disease-spreading mosquitoes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Physicists are now exploring laser-based technology traditionally used for studying conditions in the atmosphere -- such as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) -- to shine a light on the subtlest of features of mosquito... more
Virgin Galactic crew takes off for space in flight milestone  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle took off from California's Mojave desert under clear skies on... more
Increasing the effectivity of condensation through electrowetting  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers of the department of Physics of Complex Fluids of the University of Twente's MESA+ institute have succeeded in increasing the effectivity of condensation through gravity-driven electrowetting. "We have been able to increase condensation... more
Where did the hot Neptunes go? A shrinking planet holds the answer  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
'Where did the hot Neptunes go?' This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced with the mysterious absence of... more
Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon. The minerals, members of the hydrotalcite group, are the first outside of the carbonate family to naturally capture atmospheric CO2 in mine waste, important as... more
Professor models system using baking soda filled capsules to capture CO2 emissions  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Coal and natural gas represent the majority of the US energy supply. Even with pollution controls, burning these fossil fuels for energy releases a... more
How deep learning is bringing automatic cloud detection to new heights  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Kids lying on their backs in a grassy field might scan the clouds for images—perhaps a fluffy bunny here and a fiery dragon over there. Often,... more
Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon in a new paper by University of Alberta geologists and their collaborators. The minerals, members of the hydrotalcite group, are the first outside of the... more
Multicomponent new particle formation from sulfuric acid, ammonia, and biogenic vapors  Science Magazine · 4 days
A major fraction of atmospheric aerosol particles, which affect both air quality and climate, form from gaseous precursors in the atmosphere. Highly oxygenated organic molecules (HOMs),... more
The mysterious long-range transport of giant mineral dust particles  Science Magazine · 4 days
Giant mineral dust particles (>75 μm in diameter) found far from their source have long puzzled scientists. These wind-blown particles affect the atmosphere’s radiation balance, clouds, and the ocean carbon... more
Glacial changes in tropical climate amplified by the Indian Ocean  Science Magazine · 4 days
The mechanisms driving glacial-interglacial changes in the climate of the Indo-Pacific warm pool are poorly understood. Here, we address this question by combining paleoclimate proxies with model simulations... more
Astronomers confirm extended atmosphere on accretion disk of X-ray binary  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers use stellar eclipses to study the atmosphere of accretion disks around compact stars. SRON-researchers observed this method on a low-mass X-ray binary. They find a thicker atmosphere... more
Arctic permafrost might contain 'sleeping giant' of world's carbon emissions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As temperatures rise in the Arctic, permafrost, or frozen ground, is thawing. As it does, greenhouse gases trapped within it are being released into the atmosphere in the... more
Alaska earthquakes offer new insight into improving hazard assessment  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The 2016 Iniskin earthquake (magnitude 7.1) that shook Anchorage, Alaska, was captured by the seismometers of the EarthScope Transportable Array. This data is helping Geoff Abers, a professor at Cornell... more
Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by 'fixing' nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms are active in... more
Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by "fixing" nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms were once thought... more
Helium Exoplanet Inflated Like a Balloon, Research Shows  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
An international team of researchers, including Jessica Spake and Dr David Sing from the University of Exeter, have detected the... more
Atmospheric scientists find causes of firenado in deadly Carr Fire  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Atmospheric scientists have documented a rare firenado, finding a number of factors that combined at just the right time and place to catalyze the deadly Carr Fire in... more
Astronomers Spot Helium Cloud around Exo-Neptune HAT-P-11b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of astronomers has detected helium escaping from the upper atmosphere of HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-mass exoplanet located in the constellation... more
Animals and the zoogeochemistry of the carbon cycle  Science Magazine · 1 week
Predicting and managing the global carbon cycle requires scientific understanding of ecosystem processes that control carbon uptake and storage. It is generally assumed that carbon cycling is sufficiently characterized in terms of... more
Spectrally resolved helium absorption from the extended atmosphere of a warm Neptune-mass exoplanet  Science Magazine · 1 week
Stellar heating causes atmospheres of close-in exoplanets to expand and escape. These extended atmospheres are difficult to observe because their main spectral... more
Ground-based detection of an extended helium atmosphere in the Saturn-mass exoplanet WASP-69b  Science Magazine · 1 week
Hot gas giant exoplanets can lose part of their atmosphere due to strong stellar irradiation, affecting their physical and chemical evolution. Studies of atmospheric... more
Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon. more
An exoplanet loses its atmosphere in the form of a tail  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study led by scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) reveals that the giant exoplanet WASP-69b carries a comet-like tail made up... more
An exoplanet inflated like a balloon  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only detected recently in... more
Widespread decrease in wind energy resources found over the Northern Hemisphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As climate change is becoming a greater matter of concern, efforts on mitigation are being undertaken by the world community. Developing clean and renewable energy is... more
Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Measurements of atmospheric ozone from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite are now being used in daily forecasts of air quality. more
What is on the horizon for global carbon emissions?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On Dec. 5, the Global Carbon Project published the Global Carbon Budget 2018, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul... more
New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles... more
Pollution: New ammonia emission sources detected from space  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have prepared the first global map of the distribution of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) by analyzing measurements taken by satellites between 2008 and 2016. The IASI interferometer allowed them to catalog more... more
Pollution: New ammonia emission sources detected from space  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers from the CNRS and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have prepared the first global map of the distribution of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) by analyzing measurements taken by satellites between 2008... more
The development of lower-atmosphere turbulence early in a solar flare  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
We present the first observational study of the onset and evolution of solar flare turbulence in the lower solar atmosphere on an unprecedented time scale of 1.7 s... more
Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts  ESA · 2 weeks
Measurements of atmospheric ozone from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite are now being used in daily forecasts of air quality. more
Overview of an overview  ESA · 2 weeks
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: an astronaut’s view of our atmosphere and climate more
Greenhouse gas 'detergent' recycles itself in atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a 'detergent' to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of... more
To image leaky atmosphere, NASA rocket team heads north  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Earth's atmosphere is leaking, but how does oxygen get the energy to escape to space? NASA's VISIONS-2 rocket will soon launch into the unique magnetic environment near the North Pole... more
Greenhouse gas 'detergent' recycles itself in atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a "detergent" to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of... more
To image leaky atmosphere, NASA rocket team heads north  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On a frigid morning in early December, a team of NASA rocket scientists will huddle in the control room in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, a remote archipelago off the northern coast of... more
COP24: Tree planting is essential to the UK's commitments on climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Humans have cut down half the trees on Earth since the dawn of agriculture – over 3 trillion of them. This huge loss holds... more
Wetland experts explain role of vital carbon sinks carbon cycle in new report  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2), released simultaneously with the fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA4), puts needed numbers... more
Comment on "Contrasting carbon cycle responses of the tropical continents to the 2015-2016 El Nino"  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Liu et al. (Research Articles, 13 October 2017) inferred carbon flux anomalies in tropical continents with enough confidence... more
Going behind the wheel of the real life Forza Horizon Festival  Windows Central · 3 weeks
To celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4, Microsoft threw a real-life festival at Britain's iconic Goodwood Estate. Besides the open world nature, the festival setting... more
Researchers rise to challenge of predicting hail, tornadoes three weeks in advance  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A prediction lead time of about 2 to 5 weeks is sorely lacking in current forecasting capabilities for severe weather. Atmospheric scientists now demonstrate... more
Earth's polar regions communicate via oceanic 'postcards,' atmospheric 'text messages'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel and a much slower oceanic one, that caused rapid changes... more
Earth's polar regions communicate via oceanic 'postcards,' atmospheric 'text messages'  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel and a much slower oceanic one, that caused rapid changes... more
Western U.S. lake expansions during Heinrich stadials linked to Pacific Hadley circulation  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Lake and cave records show that winter precipitation in the southwestern United States increased substantially during millennial-scale periods of Northern Hemisphere winter cooling known... more
Ion-induced sulfuric acid-ammonia nucleation drives particle formation in coastal Antarctica  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Formation of new aerosol particles from trace gases is a major source of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) in the global atmosphere, with potentially large effects on cloud optical... more
Molecular fossils from phytoplankton reveal secular PCO2 trend over the Phanerozoic  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Past changes in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (Pco2) have had a major impact on earth system dynamics; yet, reconstructing secular trends of past Pco2... more
Research helps in understanding the dynamics of dune formation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Crescent-shaped dunes called barchans are structures that appear in a wide variety of environments, including beaches and deserts, riverbeds and the seafloor, inside water pipes and oil pipelines, and on... more
Newly discovered deep-sea microbes gobble greenhouse gases and perhaps oil spills, too  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use hydrocarbons such as methane and butane as energy sources --... more
Can removing carbon from the atmosphere save us from climate catastrophe?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) asserts that limiting global warming to 1.5˚C could avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change. In its recent... more
A new algorithm could help protect planes from damaging volcanic ash  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
A computer program that tracks the temperature and height of clouds in the atmosphere could keep planes away from volcanic ash. more
Newly discovered deep-sea microbes gobble greenhouse gases and perhaps oil spills, too  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin's Marine Science Institute have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use... more
'Flawless': NASA craft lands on Mars after perilous journey  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars has landed on Mars after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the... more
NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars has landed on Mars after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the... more
NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300-million-mile (482-million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the... more
Watch NASA’s InSight Mars lander touch down live (Update: Landed!)  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Update: Insight has landed on the surface of Mars! It’ll be a little bit before we know for sure that everything is A-OK, but the most dangerous part... more
Six feet under, a new approach to global warming  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A researcher has found that one-fourth of the carbon held by soil is bound to minerals as far as six feet below the surface. The discovery opens a new possibility... more
New insight into ocean-atmosphere interaction and subsequent cloud formation  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Organic compounds undergo drastic variations in their chemical composition as they transfer from the ocean's surface to atmospheric aerosols which act as nuclei to form clouds. more
Six feet under, a new approach to global warming  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A Washington State University researcher has found that one-fourth of the carbon held by soil is bound to minerals as far as six feet below the surface. The discovery opens... more
New insight into ocean-atmosphere interaction and subsequent cloud formation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Organic compounds undergo drastic variations in their chemical composition as they transfer from the ocean's surface to atmospheric aerosols which act as nuclei to form clouds. more
NASA's InSight Mars Landing: a Nail-Biting '6.5 Minutes of Terror'  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
InSight has to survive a high-speed approach and the scorching heat of entering Mars' atmosphere, a process NASA has nicknamed "six and a halfminutes of terror." more
On This Day in Space! Nov. 24, 1947: 1st Aerobee Sounding Rocket Launch  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
On November 24, 1947, the U.S. Navy launched the first Aerobee rocket. Aerobee was a suborbital sounding rocket designed to study Earth's... more
Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A program to reduce Earth's heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain... more
Human ancestors not to blame for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years.... more
Astronomers Confirm Water on Young Gas Giant HR 8799c  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSPEC) on the Keck II telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory have... more
Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A program to reduce Earth's heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain... more
Human ancestors not to blame for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years.... more
Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high: UN  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said Thursday, warning that the time to act... more
NASA's InSight Lander on Track for Mars Touchdown on November 26  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
InSight will hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 19,800 kilometres per hour (kmph) and slow down to 8 kmph before touching down. more
NASA InSight landing on Mars: Milestones  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight spacecraft will blaze through the Martian atmosphere and attempt to set a lander gently on the surface of the Red Planet in less time than it takes to hard-boil an egg.... more
What magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planets  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Every school kid knows that Earth has a magnetic field – it's what makes compasses align north-south and lets us navigate the oceans. It also protects... more
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