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    Deanna Conners

    Here are 3 amazing feats of spiders

    Halloween time is spider time. Three amazing spider skills you might not have known about.

    How does fog form?

    Fog forms when the air cools and water vapor condenses.

    Which insects have the worst stings?

    Some of the most painful stings come from tarantula hawk wasps, warrior wasps, and bullet ants.

    Why Earth has 4 seasons

    Some assume our planet’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That’s logical, but not the case for Earth.

    Hurricane Hanna shrinks Gulf of Mexico dead zone

    The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is much smaller than usual this year because Hurricane Hanna stirred up the area of low-oxygen water.

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    What are cloud streets?

    Cloud streets are a manifestation of Earth’s atmosphere in motion. They’re mostly seen by satellites looking down on Earth, but people sometimes catch them from the ground, too. Check out these cool images!

    Dark Sky Sanctuary established in New England

    Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine was certified as a Dark Sky Sanctuary on May 8, 2020.

    Colorful bursts in night sky with text annotations.

    How do fireworks get their colors?

    Many, perhaps most, fireworks displays have been canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Still, it’s fun to contemplate the fact that the beautiful colors in fireworks – so good at stirring our emotions – are created by chemistry.

    Photo of stars above the Sahara

    Will large parts of Earth be too hot for people in 50 years?

    Inhospitably hot regions on Earth occupy about 0.8% of the globe now. New research indicates that – if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated – these regions may expand to something more like 19% by 2070.

    A hurricane off the U.S. Eastern seaboard.

    How do hurricanes get their names?

    The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2020 here.

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