June temperature departures from the 20th century average. Red is warmer than average. Courtesy of NOAA

June Climate Report: Ho-Hum, Another Record Warm Month. Yawn.

Combined ocean and air temperature averaged over the globe for June, like May, was the warmest ever for the month. Some places were warmer than others.

A large low pressure system in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is pushing warm, humid air towards the UK. Courtesy of Metoffice

Weather Around The World: Typhoon, Drought, Flood — And Lobsters?

Summer brings on a slew of weather problems: flood, drought, tropical storms, and more. Find out what, where, and why.


Phosphorus Scarcity: Latest Developments and Reports

Phosphorus is an essential element for fertilizers and food production. What happens when we reach peak phosphorus, and its availability is limited?

Smoke from the Washington fires as seen from space. Courtesy of NASA

Washington Wildfires: As Unpredictable As The Weather

The Washington wildfires are confounding firefighters with their erratic movement. Find out why.

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Food Allergens, Parkinson’s Disease, and Student Insight: Chemistry This Week

Chemistry is a science that uses experimentation, instrumental analysis and computational insights to understand physical reality.

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Real Beauty Campaigns: Postfeminism or Clever Marketing?

Is the relationship between women and beauty products changing? The popularity of the song Try by Colbie Caillat raises questions about women’s attitudes toward natural beauty and toward companies selling makeup and other “beauty products.” In the video, women wearing little or no make-up are featured as the artist sings “You don’t have to try […]

Meditation provides subjective wellbeing. Image by Andulusia.

Time Alone to Think: A Painful Activity?

Do you enjoy time alone with your thoughts? Research found some people want distraction so much that they’ll self-administer an electric shock to avoid thinking.