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Seattle to Roll Out a 'Pac-Man'-Themed Pavement Maze

July 21, 2016 Rejoice, people who cosplay as the planet’s favorite insatiable mouth-orb: Seattle is planning a ‘Pac-Man’-themed “pavement maze,” where you can pretend to hunt ghosts and inhale pellets to your heart’s content. The city’s Department of Transportation, as part of its Pavement to Parks initiative, held a recent community vote about...

NOAA: The Earth Has Endured 14 Straight Months of Record-Breaking Heat

July 20, 2016 The lower part of South America, the Beijing region, and a little patch of far-east Russia: These were the landmasses that experienced abnormally cool temperatures in June. The vast majority of the Earth’s surface, however, was either warmer than usual or scalding with record-breaking heat, according to NOAA’s latest global...

A Government Satellite Captures a Spectacular 'Lunar Photobomb'

July 12, 2016 As pitiful, flightless beings that depend on stuff like oxygen to live, we rarely get to glimpse the hidden “dark” side of the moon. But a U.S. satellite recently did just that, spotting the cratered orb whizzing past Earth like a bowling ball whiffing on a civilization-ending strike. The DSCOVR...

NOAA: The World Just Sweated Through Another Record-Hot June

July 8, 2016 If last month, while excreting rivulets of moisture like a ham in the oven, you found yourself thinking, This is crazy hot—you weren’t wrong. It was the warmest June in the U.S. since records began in the late 1800s, surpassing 2015’s historically scorching June and perhaps adding to the world’s...

The U.S. Enters a Historic 10-Year 'Hurricane Drought'

June 3, 2016 Now here’s a “drought” we all can get behind: A major hurricane hasn’t made landfall in the U.S. since the record-setting storm activity of 2005. Statistically, such a pattern only comes along once every 270 years, according to NASA. This decade-long “hurricane drought” is also the longest period without major...

NOAA: The U.S. Looks Due for a Scorching Summer

May 24, 2016 Good news for surfers and picnickers, bad news for pallid folk who color like steamed crabs when exposed to the sun: Vast portions of the U.S. could get blasted with abnormal warmth this summer, including probable heat-magnets like New England, the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska. That’s according to NOAA’s...

Chinese Government Unveils ‘Security Robot’ to Squelch Riots

May 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Commit a crime in the future in China—or heck, probably just have an “unlawful” gathering—and you might find yourself pursued by what looks like a giant salt shaker waving a cattle prod at your butt. The “AnBot,” which debuted to the world recently at a tech fair in Chongqing, is...

NOAA: The U.S. Hits a Never-Before-Seen Milestone for Warmth

April 13, 2016 Though you might not know it living in Caribou, Maine, things in the U.S. have been pipin’ hot. The mercury went above 100 in California last week, Texas has endured weeks of temperatures as much as 6 degrees above normal, and Alaska is likely to soon mark its warmest January-April...

The Recovery of California's Biggest Reservoir, as Seen by NASA

April 7, 2016 Last December, any swimmer attempting to blindly jump into Lake Shasta—the biggest reservoir in California—would tumble, Homer Simpson cliff-jump style, down a barren, bruising drop. Water levels in the lake had fallen to more than 100 feet below their historic averages but, thanks to recent rains, they’re doing remarkably better...

A Stupendous Government Satellite Animation of the Solar Eclipse

March 12, 2016 When the moon blotted out the sun this week, a plane full of “umbraphiles” was high in the air to bear witness. Here’s one of the views they captured fromAlaska Airlines Flight 870: Missed #Eclipse2016? We timed our flight #870 to see it from 35,000 feet: https://t.co/EcI37ckUFd #Totality pic.twitter.com/IlHObPKmMv —...

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