Earth is whipping around quicker than it has in a half-century

Even time did not escape 2020 unscathed.  The 28 fastest days on record (since 1960) all occurred in 2020, with Earth completing its revolutions around its axis milliseconds quicker than average. That’s not particularly alarming — the planet’s rotation varies slightly all the time, driven by variations in atmospheric pressure, winds, ocean currents and the […]

A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.

Stealth A-12 jets were never meant to be seen, then one went missing in the Nevada desert. (US Air Force/) “Oxcart” was an odd nickname for the plane that killed pilot Walter Ray. Oxcarts are slow, cumbersome, and old. Ray’s A-12 jet, meanwhile, was fast, almost invisible, and novel. Among the US’s first attempts at […]