Hexbyte  Tech News  Computers Hurricane Harvey was fueled by record heat in the Gulf of Mexico

Hexbyte Tech News Computers Hurricane Harvey was fueled by record heat in the Gulf of Mexico

Enlarge / Warm sea surface temperatures on August 23, 2017, just before Hurricane Harvey. We’ve covered several studies seeking to clarify the role of human-caused climate change in the unbelievable amounts of water Hurricane Harvey dumped on Houston last year. The general approach of these studies was to simulate today’s climate and a pre-global-warming climate,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Computers Multiple studies show no improvement in distracted driving

Hexbyte Tech News Computers Multiple studies show no improvement in distracted driving

Arterra/UIG via Getty ImagesAs we’ve reported in the past, the death toll on US roads keeps increasing despite ever-safer vehicles. And people are overwhelmingly to blame; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calculates that 97 percent of all fatal crashes are due to human error. One factor in all this unsafe road behavior is distracted…

5 things you never knew about the New Horizons mission to Pluto

5 things you never knew about the New Horizons mission to Pluto

It’s been more than 12 years since NASA’s New Horizons probe left Earth on an expedition to Pluto, which at the time was the solar system’s ninth planet, and nearly three years since we saw the first images of the “planetary wonder.” Yet there’s a bevy of details we’re only now still learning from New…

Congress Is Planning To Spend Millions On Search For Aliens, UFOs

Congress Is Planning To Spend Millions On Search For Aliens, UFOs

kellepics / PixabayA new bill in the House of Representatives related to NASA’s funding proposes $10 million a year to search for signs of life out there. A climate denier may be the reason the S-word is back in vogue in Congress. Oh yeah, not that S-word, the other one: SETI. That’s right, Congress is talking about spending…

Now we know what will happen when the sun dies

Now we know what will happen when the sun dies

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE No one is writing its obituary just yet, but scientists have long known that the sun will die — and now we know what will happen next. New research by an international team of astronomers shows that once it exhausts its hydrogen fuel in 5 billion years or so, our…

Record-breaking ocean heat fueled Hurricane Harvey

In the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the Gulf of Mexico and plowed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf’s waters were warmer than any time on record, according to a new analysis led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). These hotter-than-normal conditions supercharged the storm, fueling it with vast…