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NASA sees Tropical Storm Karina get a boost
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's TRMM satellite saw Tropical Storm Karina get a boost on August 22 in the form of some moderate rainfall and towering thunderstorms in the center of the storm.

NASA's infrared data shows newborn Tropical Storm Marie came together
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Powerful thunderstorms in newborn Tropical Storm Marie were seen stretching toward the top of the troposphere in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite.

NASA sees massive Tropical Storm Lowell close enough to trouble Baja California
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Although Tropical Storm Lowell is not over land the storm is large enough to cause strong ocean swells in Baja California. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Lowell and captured an image that shows how it dwarfed Tropical Storm Karina.

800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems
(National Science Foundation) In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation this week published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the surface of the West Antarctic ice sheet support 'viable microbial ecosystems.'

A NASA satellite double-take at Hurricane Lowell
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Lowell is now a large hurricane in the Eastern Pacific and NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites double-teamed it to provide infrared and radar data to scientists. Lowell strengthened into a hurricane during the morning hours of Aug. 21.

Tropical Storm Karina looks like a giant 'number 9' from space
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Despite being the eleventh tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Season, Karina looked like a giant number nine from NASA's Aqua satellite.

Arctic sea ice influenced force of the Gulf Stream
(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) The force of the Gulf Stream was significantly influenced by the sea ice situation in the Fram Strait in the past 30,000 years. On the basis of biomarkers in deposits on the seafloor, geologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute managed for the first time to reconstruct when and how the marine region between Greenland and Svalbard was covered with ice in the past and in what way the Gulf Stream reacted when the sea ice cover suddenly broke up.

From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to even further global reaches -- including Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents.

Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean
(University of Washington) Observations shows that the heat absent from the Earth's surface for more than a decade is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle.

Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate
(Cell Press) Humans are increasingly dependent on algae, too, to suck up climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sink it to the bottom of the ocean. Now, by using a combination of satellite imagery and laboratory experiments, researchers have evidence showing that viruses infecting those algae are driving the life-and-death dynamics of the algae's blooms, even when all else stays essentially the same, and this has important implications for our climate.

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