NASA puts InSight experiment on hold because one stubborn rock is blocking their instruments

InSight picked scissors, so it lost to rock.

Desert ants’ complex behavior is actually built from very simple interactions

The colonies work similarly to a brain, actually.

Portugal and Spain brace for record-breaking temperatures

I don’t wanna say it’s global warming, but it sure quacks like global warming.

Unusual heat waves in Britain are revealing traces of ancient civilisations

Heat is bringing out ancient features.

Chaotic cities are cooler than orderly ones, researchers report

Being science, ‘cool’ here refers to temperatures.

New eco-friendly AC uses only water to cool down air, saves on the energy bill to boot

And it will quench your thirst!

We’re one step closer to understanding the Mpemba effect, or why hot water freezes faster

Physics, the original troll.

Climate-change-induced heat will kill tens of thousands of Americans every year by 2090

Or as the experts call it, Chinese-hoax-induced heat.

Thermal diode could allow computers to one day function on heat alone

No more fans for us!

Swiss technology can store heat in the summer to warm up your home all winter

It’s like pickling heat.

Douglas fir forests are buckling under the heat, pausing their growth altogether

Silly trees, can’t they set the thermostat lower, like the rest of us?

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is heating its upper atmosphere

The swirling gases could shed light on the atmosphere of other planets within and outside of our solar system.

New class of star-stripped super-Earths discovered

Astrophysicists have discovered a new class of exoplanets whose atmospheres and volatile elements have been blown away by the star they’re orbiting. Their findings help cover a previously uncharted gap in planetary populations, and offers valuable insight for locating new worlds to colonize.

In 18 years, man-made heat doubled in oceans

After they studied how much man-made heat got sucked by the world’s oceans in the past 150 years, researchers found the heat content doubled since 1997. In other words, the oceans absorbed just as much heat in the past 20 years or so as they did in the prior 130 years. There’s more bad news. The rate at which oceans soaked the heat rose sharply since the 2000s and hasn’t faltered since. This can only mean a re-doubling that comes with unforeseeable consequences in the coming decades.

Who says incandescent bulbs have to waste energy: MIT design is more efficient than LEDs

Though incandescent light bulbs have been used to light homes for more than a hundreds years, and still do so in most of the world, these are ridiculously inefficient. This has prompted many governments to completely phase-them out, among which the E.U., Australia, Canada, Russian, as well as the United States. Their place has been taken over by fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and the even more efficient LEDs. A team at MIT, however, has a bright idea that might revamp the unfavored bulbs. They’ve designed a new sort of incandescent bulb that uses a photonic crystal to recycle the waste energy. The resulting bulbs could be more power and light efficient than anything on the market right now.

New MIT material can soak up solar heat and release it on demand

A team of researchers from MIT created a material that can make use of solar energy in a novel way, absorbing heat and releasing it later, when needed. The researchers led by MIT Prof. Jeffrey Grossman published their results in the journal Advanced Energy Materials. Heat will inevitably dissipate sooner or later, no matter how you try to store or insulate it.

Insulating nanowire cloth that traps heat perfectly could help tackle climate change

Researchers at Stanford University coated flexible textile fibers with metallic nanowires to form a cohesive network that acts as a fantastic thermal insulator. The flexible material, made of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes, is knitted together so closely that the space between individual strands is smaller than the wavelength of infrared radiation. As such, the radiation emitted by our bodies bounces between the skin and cloth.

Cooling of the future: just send the heat into space

Since ancient times, people living in hot climates learned if they paint their rooftops white, then their quarters would stay cooler during the scorching heat. In an attempt to curve energy consumed on air conditioning, which accounts for 15% of all electricity consumed in the US, scientists have devised a multi-layered surface that acts in two ways to expel heat:

Cassini finds that Saturn Moon is a powerhouse

It’s been quite a while since we published anything about the Cassini mission, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been active. The information it keeps sending back to Earth is priceless, and at some points, totally surprising. This was also the case of the Saturn Moon Enceladus, which appears to give out much more heat than previously estimated, according to