California's recent spate of wildfires has caused devastating death and destruction. Can scientific experimentation help us minimize the scope of fire disasters? Scientists at the National Fire Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland, are studying how materials burn and combust, in…
By Jamie Leventhal
Thanksgiving turkeys often come out dry and tasteless, but not this year. Here's how you can use basic chemistry to make a stunning main dish for you and your guests to gobble down.
By Andrea Thompson, Scientific American
One of the biggest reasons wildfires are creating such huge disasters in recent years is the expansion of the West’s population into fire-prone wildland areas.
On Friday, representatives from 57 nations will gather in a conference room in Versailles, France to redefine the kilogram. In other words: the way we weigh the world is about to change.
In the tally of death and destruction from California's Camp fire, officials confirm that 56 people died, 130 are missing and 8,800 homes have been destroyed in the town of Paradise. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Chico, California, where…
At the Zika epidemic's 2016 height, 10 percent of Puerto Rican women were testing positive for the disease. But when Hurricane Maria slammed the island in September 2017, crippling its health care system, the focus shifted to hurricane recovery, and…
Hurricane Harvey wasn’t an outlier. A new study reports that climate change intensified the rains of other recent cyclones by between 4 and 9 percent.
As three major fires blaze in California, we consider some of their causes, both human and meteorological. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien has been filming a NOVA documentary on megafires and witnessed the Camp Fire not long after it began. He…
It’s been nearly two months since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina and then drenched the state for days, leading to devastating flooding in many inland areas and causing an estimated $17 billion dollars worth of damage. Special correspondent…
By Nsikan Akpan
What everyone needs to know about why these fires are spreading so quickly so late in the year, and how to protect your homes and businesses from them.
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