Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

Doyle Rice


McLean, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Doyle:

Recent global warming has wiped out 6,500 years of cooling, study says

Over the past 150 years, human-caused global warming has erased the natural global cooling that occurred over the previous 6,500 years. → Read More

Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation'

A new study found what happened to the Earth's dinosaurs. An asteroid strike blocking out the sun for years and causing permanent winters was cause. → Read More

Another dust storm from the Sahara to hit the U.S. this week

If you missed out on the first round of Saharan dust that coated parts of the southern U.S. last week, you'll get another chance this week. → Read More

The Sahara dust storm has reached the US mainland. Here's what it looks like.

A huge plume of dust and sand, blown by the wind from the Sahara Desert, has finally reached the U.S. mainland. → Read More

'Nearby' star may have three Super-Earths

A nearby star hosts one of the closest multi-planet systems to Earth, researchers report in a new study published Thursday. → Read More

Forget acid rain. Plastic rain is now falling across the U.S.

Researchers say that more than 1,000 tons of tiny plastic microparticles falls upon the western U.S. each year. → Read More

May 2020 tied for Earth's hottest May on record, federal scientists report

May 2020 was 1.71 degrees above average globally, NOAA said. Climate records go back to 1880. → Read More

More 'fast radio bursts' have been detected from a distant galaxy. This one has a repeating pattern.

For only the second time ever, scientists have detected a radio signal from a distant galaxy that repeats at regular intervals. → Read More

Hurricane season off to historically fast start: What does that mean for the rest of the year?

With Tropical Storm Cristobal's landfall along the Gulf Coast on Sunday, the 2020 hurricane season is off to a historically fast start. → Read More

SpaceX rocket launch is at a '50% go' for Saturday due to more bad weather

The weather may once again not cooperate Saturday afternoon for the rescheduled launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on board. → Read More

Busy hurricane season expected, NOAA says, with up to 19 named storms possible

NOAA is predicting a busy hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin and is expecting six to 10 hurricanes to form. Last year, 18 named storms formed. → Read More

Coronavirus lockdowns have caused a whopping 17% drop in global carbon emissions

The COVID-19 lockdown has had an “extreme” effect on carbon emissions, causing a 17% drop globally during peak confinement measures in early April. → Read More

Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says

Human-caused global warming has strengthened the wind speeds of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones around the globe, a new study released Monday said. → Read More

Arthur would be yet another early tropical storm: Does hurricane season officially start too late?

Tropical Storm Arthur is likely to form over the next few days, even though hurricane season doesn't officially start until June. → Read More

Africa's largest group of human fossil footprints discovered in Tanzania

Thousands of years ago, a group of 17 people took a walk through the mud in eastern Africa. Amazingly, their footprints are still there today. → Read More

Forget murder hornets. Here come giant gypsy moths from Asia.

Forget murder hornets. Now we've got giant Asian gypsy moths to worry about. And they could cause widespread damage, experts say. → Read More

First tropical storm of hurricane season may develop near Florida, Bahamas by this weekend

Weeks ahead of schedule, the season's first tropical system could develop near Florida and the Bahamas this weekend, forecasters say. → Read More

Jupiter glows like a jack-o'-lantern in new images that reveal secrets about the Great Red Spot

We're learning more about the gigantic storms of the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, through the eyes of three NASA instruments. → Read More

Unsuitable for 'human life to flourish': Up to 3B will live in extreme heat by 2070, study warns

By 2070, up to 3 billion people are likely to live in climate conditions that are "warmer than conditions deemed suitable for human life to flourish." → Read More

'Unprecedented' Arctic ozone hole closed, but not because of coronavirus, scientists say

This spring, an "unprecedented" ozone hole formed over the Arctic thanks to an unusually strong polar vortex. Now it's gone. → Read More