Sunday's science stories


Yacob Reyes
Sep 19, 2021 - Science

California wildfire has, so far, missed group of giant sequoias

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A Sequoia tree wrapped in fire-resistant foil as the KNP Complex Fire reached Sequoia National Park. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Yacob Reyes
Sep 19, 2021 - Science

Elon Musk pledges $50 million toward Inspiration4 fundraiser for St. Jude

Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images
Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Sep 19, 2021 - Science

Huge wildfire reaches edge of Sequoia National Park

A plume of smoke and flames rise into the air as the fire burns towards Moro Rock during the KNP Complex fire in the Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California on September 18
A plume of smoke and flames rises in the KNP Complex fire in the Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California, on Saturday. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Miriam Kramer
Sep 18, 2021 - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

The Inspiration4 crew on the back back down to Earth after their flight in space.
A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

Formerly redlined areas now are often urban heat islands

Illustration of city buildings with an abstract sun.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Public health mapping key to saving lives in disasters

Illustration of hands holding a clipboard with a map.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Climate change could hit people of color especially hard

Communities of color bear disproportionate flood risk

Henry Herrera and the legacy of the Trinity Test

Photo illustration of Henry Herrera.
Photo illustration: Aïda Amer. Photos: Russell Contreras/Axios, Fotosearch/Getty Images

Race and the environment in America

Illustration of a collage with images of the earth and industrial chimneys
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios
Shawna Chen
Sep 18, 2021 - Science

Inspiration4's all-civilian crew calls Tom Cruise from space

Photo of Tom Cruise in a navy blue suit and aviator sunglasses walking outside
Photo: Neil Mockford/GC Images via Getty Images