It's estimated that 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, and a substantial portion of that is directly 'emitted' by livestock. And just last year, climate scientists reported that we've actually been underestimating the extent to which the combined belches and flatulence of farmed animals contributes to climate change by 11%. Unsurprisingly, there's been renewed interest in reducing those emissions, especially considering the demand for livestock is only growing. Now, scien
It has been awhile since I updated on the lower East Rift Zone eruption on Hawaii's K?lauea. Well, it appears that the eruption is slowing down significantly. The fountaining at the Fissure 8 cone has stopped (see above) and the lava lake that formed there has gotten sluggish and sticky. Does this mean we're seeing the end of the eruption that has paved over so many homes and added to the Big Island? That is hard to say with any certainty at this point.There are still dribbles of lava ma
[Note from the authors of ?Seriously, Science??: After nine years with Discover, we've been informed that this will be our last month blogging on this platform. Despite being (usually) objective scientists, we have a sentimental streak, and we have spent the last few days reminiscing about the crazy, and often funny, science we have highlighted. Therefore, we have assembled a month-long feast of our favorite science papers. Enjoy!]There are few day-to-day events that send me into a rage
From California to Switzerland and south to Australia, a global rash of heat waves have scorched our planet in recent weeks, exacerbating drought and wildfires. So, you may want to pour yourself a cold glass of water before you read this.New long term forecasts suggest the next four years will be unusually warm with higher chances of extreme temps, according to research published Tuesday in Nature Communications.The study, authored by a pair of European climate scientists, uses sta
The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This month, though, the moon may interfere with the show. Here's how and when to see the Perseids.
SpaceX recently invited reporters to its headquarters to take a look at the new Crew Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to start flying astronauts to and from the space station next year. Here's what Space.com's Mike Wall saw.