Water from thin air: a look at how rain and precipitation forms

There are a lot of elements that come together to ‘make it rain’. Both in nature and in the club.

Bee sting vaccine successfully passes human trials in Australia

If you’re allergic to bee venom, this vaccine is for you.

Analysis of 19 million cats shows how our pets’ weight evolves throughout their lifetimes

“As humans, we know we need to strive to maintain a healthy weight, but for cats, there has not been a clear definition of what that is. We simply didn’t have the data,” the authors say.

Vikings cut down all of Iceland’s forests — the country is planting them anew

Since 2015, Iceland has planted around 1,000 hectares of forest (between three and four million trees).

Study reveals true scale of one of the world’s deadliest plagues

“We now have a pathogen whose molecular history we can follow for thousands of years,” says paper co-author McCormick. “The jury’s out, evidence is accumulating, and we’re all going to learn as we go forward.”

Grasshoppers, silkworms, giant cicadas are a good source of antioxidants — if you eat them

“In the future, we might also adapt dietary regimens for insect rearing in order to increase their antioxidant content for animal or human consumption,” say the authors.

Healthy lifestyles can offset the genetic risk of dementia by 32%

Healthy body, healthy mind.

Research is getting to the root of climate change with bigger, deeper plant roots

“We are incredibly excited about this first discovery on the road to realizing the goals of the Harnessing Plants Initiative,” the authors say.

Iron-breathing bacteria might have delayed Earth’s oxygenation for almost one billion years

Inhale iron, exhale rust.

Fossil Friday: bird encased in amber has an unique, “extreme” toe

The bird’s hyper-elongated third toe is longer than its whole lower leg, the authors report.

The hunger hormone is involved in episodic memory in rats, new research finds

Rats with artificially-reduced ghrelin signaling showed impaired performance in an episodic memory task.

Corals are moving away from the sweltering tropics — and establishing new reefs

Everybody seems to be running from the heat this summer.

Satellite imaging used to spot the largest seaweed bloom in the world

The record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.

Antarctic instability could raise sea levels by half a meter in 150 years

Currently, sea levels are 20 cm (almost 8 inches) above pre-industrial levels.

Space station mold can survive 200 times more radiation than you or me

Researchers plan to employ them as producers of food, antibiotics, other materials for astronauts on deep space missions.

Ignoring distractions or temptation is harder when you’re tired, stressed, or trying to remember something

The best course of action in such situations is simply to avoid places that could make you ‘sin’.

NASA plans to send a helicopter drone to Titan in search of life

Titan is of interest because it is the only body in our solar system (besides Earth) that has liquid rivers, lakes, and seas on its surface.

Some extinct species of crocs were plant-eaters, fossil study reveals

Between three and six such species have existed in the past.

Researchers are one step closer to saving the northern white rhino from complete extinction

With only two females surviving in captivity, the species is functionally extinct.

Climate change poised to expose millions to malaria, new study reports

Uh-oh.