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Jacob Knutson
13 hours ago - Science

NASA's lunar rocket arrives at launch pad before first Artemis mission

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard at the Kennedy Space Center on Aug. 16.
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard at the Kennedy Space Center on Aug. 16. Photo: Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images

5 billion could starve to death if U.S., Russia engage in nuclear war: Study

Illustration of a man pushing a nuclear symbol.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Miriam Kramer
Aug 16, 2022 - Science

A new chapter in the search for alien planets

Animated illustration of a planet with a blinking neon vacancy sign
Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

An "Extreme Heat Belt" will soon emerge in the U.S., study warns

Colorado River at drought tipping point

A man walks on a finger of exposed land at Lake Mead reservoir during the drought on July 9, 2022 in Boulder City, Nevada.
Exposed land in July during the drought at Lake Mead reservoir in Boulder City, Nev. Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Arctic is warming four times faster than rest of globe, new study says

The Svalbard Islands, in Norway, viewed through a porthole of a ship in the Arctic Ocean in July 2022.
The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard viewed through a porthole of a ship in the Arctic Ocean in July 2022. Photo: Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Europe faces heat wave, raging wildfires and dire drought

Picture of a wildfire at night with a tree in the middle of the frame.
A silhouette on a road near burning trees at a wildfire near Belin-Beliet, southwestern France on Aug. 11, 2022. (Thibaud Moritz/AFP via Getty Images)
Miriam Kramer
Aug 11, 2022 - Science

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Streaks of meteors streaming in a dark, star-dotted sky.
A time lapse of meteors streaking through the sky. Photo: NASA/JPL

Drought threatens 60% of EU and U.K. as Europe faces "critical situation"

A map of drought-hit countries across the EU
Photo: European Drought Observatory

Earth sees a top 3 hottest July, marked by deadly heat, flash floods