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Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

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A woman wearing a gray sweater and a bright orange scarf and hat blows her nose vaguely in the direction of the camera. A snowy landscape can be seen behind her.
How Cold Weather May Help You Catch a Cold
Dan Robitzski | Dec 6, 2022 | 3 min read
Warm nasal cells mount stronger defenses against cold-causing coronaviruses and rhinoviruses than those exposed to cooler temperatures, an in vitro experiment finds.
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Some Honey Bee Swarms Generate Electrical Charges Stronger Than Storms
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2022 | 2 min read
Small charges carried by individual insects can add up, a study finds, with larger swarms generating substantial electrical fields.
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Is COVID-19 Seasonal?
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Nov 10, 2021 | 7 min read
While the weather isn’t currently the dominant factor driving SARS-CoV-2 transmission, experts say that in the future COVID-19 may become a disease of winter.
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New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
Asher Jones | Mar 26, 2021 | 5 min read
More-accurate predictions of the severity of an upcoming grass pollen season based on rainfall and temperature could help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms.
College Campuses Close as Hurricane Dorian Threatens
Jef Akst | Sep 3, 2019 | 2 min read
The storm has already pummeled the Bahamas. Now the US coast prepares.
a view of Hurricane Dorian shot from the International Space Station
Labs Prepare to Protect—and Collect—Data During Hurricane Dorian
Emma Yasinski | Sep 1, 2019 | 3 min read
In the southeastern US, the coming storm disrupts research for many scientists.
Science in Puerto Rico Still Recovering After Hurricane Maria
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 15, 2019 | 8 min read
Scientists at the University of Puerto Rico suffered major setbacks due to damages and delays in repairs, and government austerity measures are adding insult to injury.
Opinion: Poor Science Contributes to Delhi’s Air Pollution Crisis
Shekhar Chandra | Aug 28, 2018 | 3 min read
The sources of pollution are not known yet because of incomplete data collection.
President Trump Picks Meteorologist to Lead OSTP
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2018 | 2 min read
The nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier has been met positively by members of the scientific community.
Image of the Day: Sea Turtle Rescue
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Feb 7, 2018 | 1 min read
Biologists in Florida rounded up more than 1,000 sea turtles when they were threatened by a cold snap in January.
Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands
Siddharth Narayan and Michael W. Beck | Aug 31, 2017 | 3 min read
Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.
Flooding in Texas Blocks Researchers from Campuses
Kerry Grens | Aug 28, 2017 | 3 min read
Marine Science Institute on the Gulf experiences damage; “rideout teams” keep watch over animals and facilities. 
Opinion: Predicting Perfect Storms
Magali Haas | Oct 30, 2013 | 3 min read
On embracing technology and collaboration to tackle brain disorders like multiple sclerosis
Heat Waves May Promote IBD Flares
Tracy Vence | Aug 13, 2013 | 2 min read
Higher temperatures are associated with an uptick in inflammatory bowel disease-related hospital admissions.
Bacteria Are Blowing in the Wind
Sabrina Richards | Jan 28, 2013 | 3 min read
New work shows that bacteria reach miles into the atmosphere, bolstering the notion that microbes can affect precipitation and cloud formation.
Hurricane Sandy Blows Through
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2012 | 2 min read
Floods, downed trees, and power outages greet the East Coast this morning.
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