Middle school science adventures
Seeds of the Future
Growing Healthier Tomato Plants
Tree Frogs
Roboroach and Company
The Littlest Lemurs
Cannibal Crickets
Seeing red means danger ahead
The chemistry of sleeplessness
The Colorful World of Synesthesia
Chemistry and Materials
Toxic Dirt + Avian Flu = Science Fair Success
Small but WISE
Graphene's superstrength
Electronic Paper Turns a Page
Hitting the redo button on evolution
A Light Delay
Dinosaurs and Fossils
An Ancient Feathered Biplane
A Really Big (but Extinct) Rodent
Three strikes wiped out woolly mammoths
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What is groundwater
Coral Gardens
A Volcano Wakes Up
A 'Book' on Every Living Thing
The Oily Gulf
Inspired by Nature
Finding the Past
An Ancient Childhood
Ancient Cave Behavior
Salt and Early Civilization
Flashlight Fishes
Nurse Sharks
Food and Nutrition
Healing Honey
In Search of the Perfect French Fry
The mercury in that tuna
GSAT English Rules
Who vs. That vs. Which
Order of Adjectives
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Math Naturals
Deep-space dancers
Math is a real brain bender
Human Body
Smiles Turn Away Colds
Cell Phone Tattlers
Kids now getting 'adult' disease
Killer Whales
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
What Not to Say to Emerging Readers
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
The Particle Zoo
Echoes of a Stretched Egg
Invisibility Ring
Fungus Hunt
Fast-flying fungal spores
Bright Blooms That Glow
Boa Constrictors
Space and Astronomy
Return to Space
Ready, Set, Supernova
Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy
Technology and Engineering
Musclebots Take Some Steps
Crime Lab
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
The Parts of Speech
What is a Noun
What is a Preposition?
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Robots on a Rocky Road
Antarctica warms, which threatens penguins
Watering the Air
Either Martians or Mars has gas
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Hot Summers, Wild Fires

A wood fire can be handy when you're camping. You can roast marshmallows or stay warm, for example. Forest fires that rage out of control, however, are a big problem. Wildfires cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage every year. And the amount of destruction has grown over the last 2 decades, especially in the western United StatesTo understand better why the northern Rocky Mountains region has been hit especially hard by wildfires, scientists from the University of Arizona in Tucson looked at weather, snow, and fire records from 1970 to 2003. Their study showed that, between 1987 and 2003, fires burned an area 6.5 times larger than the area burned between 1970 and 1986. The fire season also started earlier, and its average length increased by 78 days. Warmer spring and summer temperatures appear to be part of the explanation for this change. The average temperature in the study's more recent period was 0.87C higher than it was in the earlier period. And this trend is likely to continue. Experts predict that average summer temperatures may rise between 2C and 5C by the year 2050 in western North America. The timing of snowmelt appears to be another cause of the fire boom. When snow melts early in the season, forests become drier through the summer and catch fire and burn more easily. Western snow packs now typically melt a week to a month earlier than they did 50 years ago, according to recent studies. Some people have blamed the growing fire risk on policies that allow brush and branches to build up on forest floors. But clearing brush by itself won't help much if changes in climate are largely responsible for increasingly severe forest fires.E. Sohn

Hot Summers, Wild Fires
Hot Summers, Wild Fires

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