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Nobel Winner 'Unlocks One of the Secrets of Nature'

2 US-based scientists take home medicine prize for discovery of receptors for temperature, touch

(Newser) - "Exciting news" was delivered Monday to two US-based scientists. The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The winners were announced Monday by Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of...

More Causes Ruled Out in Family's Confounding Deaths
Lightning Didn't Kill Family
Who Mysteriously Died on Hike
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Lightning Didn't Kill Family Who Mysteriously Died on Hike

No clear answer for the loss of Ellen Chung, Jonathan Gerrish, daughter, and dog

(Newser) - A family that died on a hike in California's Sierra National Forest in August did not die by lightning strike , by any weapon, illegal drugs or alcohol, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, cyanide exposure, or by suicide, investigators publicly concluded Thursday. But what did kill Ellen Chung, 31; Jonathan Gerrish,...

This Was the Hottest Summer in US Since the Dust Bowl

2021 ties 1936 for hottest summer on record

(Newser) - If you felt like this summer was record-breakingly hot, you're almost right. In the US, the summer of 2021 has tied with the summer of 1936 for hottest on record. As USA Today points out, the country was in the middle of the Dust Bowl that summer. Climate scientists,...

There's Another 'Heat Dome,' and It's Going to Get Hot

Weather pattern will roast most of the lower 48 this week

(Newser) - Just what the US didn't want: Another heat dome. The same type of system that roasted the Northwest at the end of June is in play this week, and it’s covering more ground. Temperatures are surging upward again, and the highs are predicted to be at least 10...

First Athletes Test Positive in Olympic Village

As teams arrive in Tokyo, so does worrisome heat

(Newser) - Olympic Village in Tokyo has its first positive coronavirus tests among the athletes staying there—two members of South Africa's soccer team. The team also reported a video analyst in its delegation tested positive, Reuters reports. The South African team, which is to play its first match Thursday against...

Wildfires Rage as West Bakes
Wildfires Rage as West Bakes

Wildfires Rage as West Bakes

Firefighters battle extreme heat in California, Oregon, elsewhere

(Newser) - Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region. Details, via the AP :
  • The largest wildfire of the year in California—the Beckwourth Complex Fire—was raging along the Nevada state
...

Hundreds Dead Amid 'Disastrous' Heat Wave in Canada

The country has seen its highest temperature ever, for 3 days in a row

(Newser) - Canada broke its 84-year-old temperature record by nearly 3 degrees Sunday, when a temperature of just under 115 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in the village of Lytton, British Columbia. It was then beaten twice more in subsequent days. Lytton recorded a temperature of 117.5 degrees on Monday, followed by...

As Seattle Bakes, Amazon Lends a Helping Hand
As Seattle Bakes,
Amazon Steps In

As Seattle Bakes, Amazon Steps In

Part of its headquarters is now a 1K-capacity cooling center

(Newser) - Amazon has transformed part of its Seattle headquarters into a public cooling center amidst a grueling heat wave that saw temperatures climb above 100 degrees on Monday for the third day in a row. With a dome of high pressure over the Northwest, Seattle hit an all-time record of 108...

Behind Talk of Heat Wave Is Talk of a 'Heat Dome'
Region With Few AC Units
Is Baking Under a 'Heat Dome'
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Region With Few AC Units Is Baking Under a 'Heat Dome'

Temperatures in Northwest raise fears of a new normal being established

(Newser) - The Pacific Northwest—and Canada, too —must bake for one more day before cooler temperatures arrive on Tuesday, reports the Oregonian . That's a relative term: It's still expected to be unusually hot in Portland, though in the 80s and 90s instead of triple digits. Related coverage of...

Northwest Isn't the Only Part of US Due for a Scorcher

East and West coasts will both see temps well above seasonal averages this weekend, next week

(Newser) - The Pacific Northwest was already gearing up for a sweltering weekend, with temps in Seattle set to be higher than those in Cairo , but it's not the only part of the US that's due to be hit with soaring digits. CNN notes the "dueling heat waves" that...

With Temperatures Climbing, Risk of Surface Burns Rises

Doctors warn of danger from pavement, especially

(Newser) - Doctors at Arizona and Nevada burn centers are warning of injuries from contact with super-heated roadways and other surfaces as the first extreme heat wave of the year extends across the West. A high-pressure system is expected to push temperatures above 115 degrees this week in Las Vegas and Phoenix....

Twitter Thread Goes Viral With Tips for Freezing Texans

Towels, blankets, pantyhose, pool noodles, even your own armpits can prove invaluable

(Newser) - As a writer living in Michigan, Rebecca Mix is no stranger to winter storms and the resulting power outages. That's why she decided to share her tips for keeping as toasty and safe as possible when you've got no heat, no electricity, and perhaps no water, per Digg...

Attack Leaves Thousands Without Heat
Saboteurs Cut Off Aspen's Heat

Saboteurs Cut Off Aspen's Heat

Gas lines were shut down at 3 sites

(Newser) - Somebody shut off gas lines to Aspen, Colorado Saturday night, leaving thousands of people without heat in what police called a coordinated attack. "They tampered with flow lines. They turned off gas lines," a police official said. Utility officials said about 3,500 customers lost service, ABC reports....

For 20 Weeks in 2020, This City Saw Triple-Digit Temps

Phoenix shattered a bunch of heat records this year

(Newser) - It's been a hot Arizona summer, and nowhere more so than in the state's capital. "Almost every heat record that we have here in Phoenix, we've broken this year—shattered some of those records, even," a National Weather Service meteorologist tells the Arizona Republic . One...

Triple-Digit Temps Over the Weekend, Then ... Snow?

Denver on 'roller coaster' weather ride, while West in general is getting slammed by a heat wave

(Newser) - Summer is definitely not over. A CNN meteorologist says the heat out West over the past couple of months "has been nothing short of amazing," and it doesn't look like it's going to let up over Labor Day weekend, with weather warnings emerging for California, Arizona,...

How Hot Was It Sunday in Death Valley? It May Be a Record Breaker

It hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, possibly the highest 'reliably' recorded temp ever

(Newser) - It's not called Furnace Creek for nothing. This section of Southern California's Death Valley is notoriously hot, and it may now hold the record for the Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded. Per National Weather Service stats , the thermometer in Furnace Creek hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit around 3:...

Phoenix Breaks 'Record Nobody Really Wants'

2020 has brought 35 days above 110 degrees, with more expected

(Newser) - The hottest US city has broken its own record for most 110-degree days in a year—"a record nobody really wants," a meteorologist tells the Arizona Republic. Phoenix cracked 110 degrees for its 34th day of the year on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 33 days set...

Baghdad Sets New Blistering Heat Record

It was 125.2 degrees on Tuesday

(Newser) - Baghdad hit 125.2 degrees Tuesday, the highest temperature ever recorded for the city in Iraq. The Middle East is in the midst of a heat wave, and on Wednesday, Baghdad hit its second-highest temperature ever: 124 degrees. The previous record, set in July 2015, was 123.8, the Washington ...

New Warning About 'Hidden Risk' on Hand Sanitizers

Fire department posts photo of burned car door, claiming hand sanitizer can ignite if car gets too hot

(Newser) - Hand sanitizer is supposed to be helping us to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, but CBS Dallas-Fort Worth details a "hidden risk" that many people may not have considered. In a Facebook post that's since been taken down, the Western Lakes Fire District of Oconomowoc, Wis., put...

For Billions, Earth Could Be Too Hot to Handle in 50 Years

New study looks at climate change in unusual way

(Newser) - In just 50 years, 2 billion to 3.5 billion people, mostly the poor who can’t afford air conditioning, will be living in a climate that historically has been too hot to handle, a new study says. With every 1.8 degree increase in global average annual temperature from...

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