As the climate changes, scientists are documenting measurable shifts in the natural world — from a tremendous loss in Arctic sea ice and an increase in extreme weather like drought, floods and heatwaves, to the migration of plants and animals to new latitudes.
The international conference dedicated to alleviating poverty and leaving the planet livable was the biggest U.N. conference ever, but it may also have been one of the biggest duds. As the organizer put it, "equally unhappy means equally happy."
China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft docked successfully with the orbiting Tiangong 1 test module this week, ticking off another accomplishment for the country's manned spaceflight program. Jonathan McDowell and Joan Johnson-Freese discuss the future of China's space program, and whether a new space race is heating up.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft will soon have a new territory to explore--interstellar space. Voyager chief scientist Ed Stone discusses whether the spacecraft will have a bumpy exit from the solar system, and the chances Voyager's golden record may someday be intercepted by an advanced space-faring civilization.
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