How tropical cyclones intensify remains a mystery, but unmapped aerial vehicles could fill critical gaps in the data. NOVA Next contributor Brooke Jarvis reports on the use of drones in meteorology.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- The U.S. has set up a honey bee task force.
- Amelia Earhart is attempting to fly around the world. No, not *that* Amelia Earhart.
- China’s plans for green buildings are… well, pink.
- The Supreme Court largely upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But the agency’s current plan may not be enough to avoid more than 2˚C of warming.
- Scientists recently discovered a 10 million billion billion billion carat diamond. The only problem is it’s 900 light-years away.
- Four cameras, multiple hours, 360˚ of awesomeness.
- Physicists plugged the Higgs boson into a model of cosmic inflation, and the universe disappeared. Fixing that error could involve finding a new particle.
- Our popular Elements app is now available for Windows 8.1. And it’s free!
- Scientists have finally learned how monarchs migrate.
- A bipartisan report released today says the economic cost of climate change will likely be huge. But it’s not too late to help solve the problem.
- A Stanford professor has invented a $1 origami microscope. That’s right: a paper microscope.
- Don’t let your kids slip ‘n’ slide this summer. Keep them learning and growing by incorporating science into their outdoor hobbies.
- At Blitzortung.org, you can listen to live lightning strikes.
- Body language can help you get your power back. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy uses a powerful story from her own life to explain how.
- What do you do when your country has a massive tornado problem? Build some 1,000-foot walls, says one physicist.