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Record Judge Vacancies Could See Trump Recast Courts

Record Judge Vacancies Could See Trump Recast Courts

With President Trump preparing to nominate a ninth justice for the Supreme Court this week, tumult over the crucial vacancy is overshadowing his unprecedented potential to fill the benches of lower federal courts. A broad refusal by Senate Republicans to approve judicial nominees during the last two years of Obama’s second term means Trump could… Read More

The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer to Midnight

It’s been 64 years since the world has been this close to doomsday. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been updating the doomsday clock regularly for 70 years. On Thursday, they turned the hands to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. That’s a bit closer than last year, when the clock was three minutes to midnight and the closest the clock … Read More

Rains From Thunderstorms Rising Rapidly in Europe, Asia

Rains From Thunderstorms Rising Rapidly in Europe, Asia

Across a vast swath of Europe and Asia, rain is increasingly falling in the short, localized bursts associated with thunderstorms, seemingly at the expense of events where a steady rain falls over many hours, a new study finds. The study, detailed Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, directly links this trend to the warming and moistening of… Read More

Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March

Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March

Last weekend, a massive milieu of women in pink hats descended on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. The next big protest being planned for the nation’s capital could involve a sea of lab coats (and likely a few pink hats as well). A group of researchers have proposed a March for Science. What started as a discussion on Reddit has quickly … Read More

How Close Is 1.5°C? Depends When You Measure From

How Close Is 1.5°C? Depends When You Measure From

Most scientists studying global warming compare today’s temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a better comparison period, one that includes the warming that had already resulted by the middle of the 1800s and shows how close the world… Read More

Silenced Federal Agencies Violating Their Own Policies

Silenced Federal Agencies Violating Their Own Policies

Tuesday marked a flurry of actions by the Trump administration that have cut off some federal scientists from the outside world. The news, reported by outlets including ProPublica, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and the Associated Press, centers around the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The outlets reported that … Read More

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, breathing new life into projects that were halted by the Obama administration and vehemently opposed by environmental and Native American groups. Trump said that the U.S. would renegotiate both pipelines, which were stopped by the Obama … Read More

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

After years of construction, a harrowing rocket launch and delicate maneuvering to put it in position 22,300 miles above the earth, the most advanced satellite NOAA has ever put in orbit has sent back it’s first pictures. They were worth the wait.… Read More