When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel toward the northern and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows standing waves to form, like on a drumhead...
New evidence suggests that corals once sought refuge from warming waters by migrating
Understanding how these breathtaking features form helps scientist interpret geologic history
The combined impact from storms and higher sea levels will be greater than the worst natural disasters in state history
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Greenland to Palau, including one on the discovery of a trove of mummified cats in Egypt.
Strange waves in the jet stream foretell a future full of heat waves and floods
Warming temperatures are exposing more people to heat waves and increasing the risk of disease spread
Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change
An asteroid impact and volcanoes acting together could have done in the beasts, new rock dates indicate
When our planet’s magnetosphere nearly disappeared 565 million years ago, it may have almost taken all life with it
As northern landscapes warm, researchers are looking to understand the role of lakes in the carbon cycle
Scientists have discovered the culprit: how the sun squeezes Earth’s magnetic tail
Wild swings from pipe-bursting cold to spring-like warmth seem to be on the rise
Polar melt could have more complicated climate impacts than previously thought
The salt and chemicals in the brine left over from desalination can threaten local marine ecosystems
Humpback populations from the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet up south of Africa and trade song stylings.
Strings of ocean storms called atmospheric rivers flood California and other western coastlines, although sometimes they can be beneficial
Even if ambitious climate targets are met, Himalayan glaciers could lose a third of their volume
Rapid glacier retreat could put coastlines underwater sooner than anticipated
Scientific American collections editor Andrea Gawrylewski talks to managing editor Curtis Brainard about how warming in the Arctic affects us all. And glaciologist Elizabeth Case takes us out near Juneau to study and live on the shifting ice...