Trees That Live Fast, Die Young, and Mess with Climate Models

Under a business-as-usual scenario of greenhouse gas emissions, the average global temperature may increase by almost 5°C through the end of the century. This climate change could cause a 1-meter increase in sea levels, possibly wreaking havoc on coastal regions and demanding hundreds of billions of dollars every year in adaptation and mitigation […]

How do stars die? | Live Science

Stars begin their lives when hydrogen fusion ignites in their dense, hot cores. Once that process starts, it’s game on. The gravitational pull of all the mass of the star tries to squeeze it down into a tiny point, but the energy released by fusion pushes outward, creating a delicate balance that can persist for […]

Why is snow white? | Live Science

Imagine waking up after a night of heavy snowfall — you look out the window and see a world of white. But if you turn on a faucet or open the freezer, you’ll notice that liquid water and ice usually appear clear. So, why is snow white? When it comes to understanding how H2O, an […]

How Does Impeachment Work? | Live Science

On Jan. 13, 2021, President Trump became the first president to face impeachment twice.  Impeachment is the leveling of charges against an elected official by a legislative body. It’s a fairly rare event in U.S. politics, particularly at the presidential level. But when impeachment proceedings do happen, they are guided by rules set out in […]

Why was Stonehenge built? | Live Science

Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous of all the henges, vast circular monuments constructed from wood or stone that litter the British countryside. The prehistoric monument was most likely erected in what is now England sometime between 3000 B.C. and 2000 B.C. and some of the stones were transported all the way from neighboring Wales […]

What is a coup? | Live Science

When armed supporters of President Donald Trump broke into and vandalized the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., many were chanting “Stop the steal,” referring to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the recent election. Some wore sweatshirts reading “Civil War” with the date “January 6, 2021.” Their fervent cries were fueled by […]

What is sedition? | Live Science

On Wednesday (Jan. 6), armed supporters of President Donald Trump forced their way into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., waving Confederate and pro-Trump flags as they stormed the steps and breached the building. Shortly before the rioters broke into the Capitol, President Trump spoke at a rally saying “we will never concede,” referring to […]

What is renewable energy? | Live Science

Renewable energy comes from sources that are replenished naturally, such as the sun and wind. Traditional energy sources, like coal and oil, are finite and when burned, release carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and methane — two greenhouse gases that significantly contribute to the acceleration of global climate change. Renewable energy, on the […]

See live cells with 7 times greater sensitivity using new microscopy technique

IMAGE: Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found a way to enhance the sensitivity of existing quantitative phase imaging so that all structures inside living cells can be seen simultaneously,… view more  Credit:, CC BY-NC-ND Experts in optical physics have developed a new way to see inside living cells in greater detail using existing […]