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Michigan meteor was 'merely a flash in the pan'

/ Jan 18, 2018

Michigan meteor was 'merely a flash in the pan'

The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan. There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists who watch for them hope ...

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

Sep 9, 2017

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts. Some of these disasters, like Friday's earthquake in Mexico, are natural. Others may end up having a mix of natural and man-made ingredients after scientists examine them. ...

Nov 30, 2015

Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal

This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto. As leaders gather for a conference in Paris on ...

Solving the whodunit of the SpaceX rocket explosion

/ Jun 30, 2015

Solving the whodunit of the SpaceX rocket explosion

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lost with the rocket was a capsule packed ...