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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula...

Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room
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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
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NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal...

25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting
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25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel—a space "ship."

Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State
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Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply
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NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water...

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss
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NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic...

NASA Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide
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NASA Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide...

Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: NASA
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Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: NASA

As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean—but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.

Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth
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Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

NASA has released its Spinoff 2017 publication, which takes a close look at 50 different companies that are using NASA technology—innovations developed by NASA,...

An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from NASA's AIRS
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An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from NASA's AIRS

Hurricane Matthew, currently an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, continues to bear down on the southeastern United...

NASA Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet
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NASA Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet

NASA researchers have helped produce the first map showing what parts of the bottom of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet are thawed—key information in better predicting...

NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks for Science
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks for Science

On July 4, NASA will fly a solar-powered spacecraft the size of a basketball court within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the cloud tops of our solar system's...

New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking
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New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA...

NASA's K2 mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine
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NASA's K2 mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine

The engineers huddled around a telemetry screen, and the mood was tense. They were watching streams of data from a crippled spacecraft more than 50 million miles...

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study
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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers
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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why...

NASA Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space
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NASA Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space

A team of NASA and university scientists has developed a new way to use satellite measurements to track changes in Atlantic Ocean currents, which are a driving...

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise
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The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise

When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.
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