Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
Candidates in competitive general election races are loath to be labeled climate deniers -- for fear of looking silly or out of the mainstream. None of this means the fight is over.
In the whole wide world -- which, as NASA has proven, is a whole lot wider than Pluto, a Disney character who can't hold a candle to "Sesame Street" star Elmo -- nothing is sweeter than my granddaughter, Chloe.
Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America.
In developing brand identities for companies and products, marketers do their best to penetrate buyer brains. How? They create marketing instruments such as names, logos, slogans, jingles and mascots to do what is analogous to non-invasive brain surgery.
These images have the potential to inspire new ways of thinking about our human condition on a planet with a friendly ecosystem now under threat from activities we can and must change.
The Martian has emerged at a significant juncture in our nation's space program. After over 50 years of talking about sending humans to Mars, momentum is finally building for humanity to actually achieve that goal.
How does a block of ice nearly the size of Connecticut, which has existed for over 11,000 years disappear in less than 70 years?
High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the bomb. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b.
NASA deserves a lot of thanks. The space program is the reason we've put satellites in the sky, landed on the moon, and seen Armageddon. But in the constant quest to dominate the stars, the agency has also ended up creating tools and technologies with applications right here on Earth. In fact, you're probably using some of them right now...
Today we're closer than ever to transforming your frigid tree infested blue marble planet to a more temperate 185-degree sandy orange dune world. As one of our oily front groups once stated, a slightly warmer planet will mean fewer heart attacks from shoveling snow.
Our collective impact on the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and forests is now so impactful and so pervasive, that leading scientists assert that we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in which humans have become the major driver of environmental change.
Remember when you had to rely on seeing just a part of yourself in the reflection of a dark lake or in a small expensive piece of polished copper or silver-mercury? Probably not.
Pluto has a big heart and now we've captured it. The New Horizons team has named the distinctive heart-shaped feature splayed across the newly clarified surface of the dwarf planet the Tombaugh Regio to honor Pluto's Earthly discoverer.
The only major region of the world with below-average annual temperatures was Eastern North America.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but swee...