Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

Doyle Rice


McLean, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Doyle:

Head's up! Here comes the Geminid meteor shower!

Skywatchers this month will get to enjoy the Geminid meteor shower, which is considered to be one of the best showers of the year. → Read More

Record-shattering 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to an end

After six long months and 30 storms from Arthur to Iota, the record-shattering 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Monday. → Read More

Thanksgiving weather forecast: Here's where you'll be able to hold your get-togethers outside

Folks might be tempted to head outside to get together and safely practice social distancing this Thanksgiving. But will the weather cooperate? → Read More

Stoned Age: Native American art confirms hallucinogenic drug use

For the first time, scientists have confirmed that Native Americans used a hallucinogenic drug while painting rock art, according to a new study. → Read More

'Real eye-opener': Microplastic pollution discovered in snow near top of Mount Everest

Microplastic pollution is apparently everywhere: It's in the ocean, it's in our food and now we know it's atop the highest peak in the world: Mount Everest. → Read More

Famed Puerto Rico radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory to be demolished

For 57 years, the telescope has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, planetary, solar system and geospace research, and the search for extraterrestrial life. → Read More

'The Ultimate': Astronomers want to put a huge telescope on the moon to study the Big Bang

"The telescope would be able to observe the first stars that formed after the Big Bang, out of material made in the Big Bang." → Read More

Category 5 Hurricane Iota barrels toward Central America; 'catastrophic' damage expected

Hurricane Iota is approaching the same part of Central America battered by Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. → Read More

'Past a point of no return': Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero still won't stop global warming, study says

Even if greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to zero, global temps may continue to rise for centuries. But some experts questioned the study. → Read More

A mid-November treat: Catch the Leonid meteor shower Monday night

Shooting stars will make an appearance in the night sky late Monday night and early Tuesday morning with the peak of the Leonid meteor shower. → Read More

When will this relentless Atlantic hurricane season finally end? Will Theta follow Eta?

A record-tying 28 storms into this seemingly endless hurricane season, storm-battered residents are wondering when it will finally be over. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Voters with COVID can cast in-person ballots; Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon in quarantine; 5 states set weekly death records

New York to implement new testing system for all travelers. More schools enter a new phase of reopening. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Europe tightens restrictions; record number of cases in Wisconsin; Kentucky hits 'grim milestone'

People sick with COVID-19 can vote in person, CDC says. Hospitalizations break records in El Paso, Texas. 232K U.S. deaths. Latest virus news. → Read More

Eta could regain strength, hit Florida next week as a tropical storm

Tropical Depression Eta was expected to restrengthen into a tropical storm and head toward Cuba and Florida over the weekend and into early next week. → Read More

Radio bursts detected from within our own Milky Way galaxy for first time

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a "fast radio burst" that came from within our own Milky Way galaxy, according to new research. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: US reports more than 90K new cases in a day, yet COVID-19 is not top issue for Americans

As the US continues to set daily records in new COVID-19 cases, voters were undeterred Tuesday by pandemic. Latest coronavirus news. → Read More

6 dead, millions powerless as Zeta roars across southern, eastern US

Zeta, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, continued to lash portions of the southern and eastern U.S. Thursday with heavy rain and high winds. → Read More

Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm speeds toward a storm-weary Louisiana; landfall expected Wednesday afternoon

Hurricane Zeta was speeding toward storm-weary Louisiana with landfall expected Wednesday afternoon just south of New Orleans. → Read More

Once in a blue moon: Get ready for a Halloween full moon

For the first time in decades, there will be a full moon visible across the entire U.S. on Halloween night, Oct. 31. → Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta expected to strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Mexico, Gulf Coast

Zeta is expected to strengthen before moving near the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday and be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the Gulf Coast. → Read More