The disappearing night sky

The disappearing night sky

Ian Cheney remembers when he first became interested in dark skies. He’d just moved from rural Maine to New York City and was amazed at how little of the night sky was visible. He could see celestial details in Maine, such as stars, planets, and the vast Milky...
Forecasters keep an eye on the skies

Forecasters keep an eye on the skies

Tucson, Ariz. – The National Weather Service’s Tucson bureau is never closed. At least two meteorologists are on duty at all times, even on holidays. In June, staffing can be slightly lean when conditions stay the same – hot and dry – for...
Scientists driving bark beetles crazy with their own sounds

Scientists driving bark beetles crazy with their own sounds

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Rich Hofstetter studies the bark beetle of North America’s most invasive species. The insect, slightly larger than a piece of rice, has killed millions of ponderosa and piñon pine trees from the Canadian Rockies to the Mexican Sierra Madre....

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