Scientists have been unable to explain how large mysterious cloud-like formations appearing above the surface of Mars could have formed, a phenomenon first spotted by astronomers in 2012.
"It raises more questions than answers," said Antonio Garcia Munoz, a planetary scientist from the European Space Agency.
Another winter storm, named Marcus, is set to hit the Northeast, affecting more than 36 million people and causing a "major headache" for travelers Monday morning with up to 1 to 2 feet of snow in some areas.
Portions of New York State and New England will have heavy snow as the new week begins, the National Weather Service says, adding that freezing rain will spread from western Pennsylvania to Long Island, with rain for the mid-Atlantic states.
Parts of central and northeast Massachusetts could see snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, possibly up to 24 inches, while Upstate New York could have 9 to 18 inches of snow. more >>
Northeastern states continue to face freezing conditions as residents prepare for a second snowstorm this week. Winter snowstorms and below freezing temperatures have already resulted in the deaths of 15 people. Super Bowl XLIX champions the New England Patriots have meanwhile been forced to postpone celebrations in Boston because of the conditions.
"Ice on the roads could be a big problem — especially earlier in the morning when it is tough to see — and on sidewalks where anybody walking could slip and fall," said Weather Channel lead forecaster Kevin Roth on Tuesday.
Ice warnings are in effect from southern Connecticut to Delaware and eastern Maryland, affecting millions of people. more >>
Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for a potentially historic storm, which threatens to trigger massive power outages and has already led to cancellation of 1,422 flights. It has the potential for blizzard conditions and 2 to 3 feet of snow.
"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday at a press conference.
The important black box flight data recorder was retrieved by Indonesian divers in the Java Sea on Monday, along with the tail section of the plane that disappeared on Dec. 28. A search official said that the plane likely exploded after it hit the water, killing all 162 people on board.
"On initial inspection of the debris and the tail of the plane, we believe that the explosion would have occurred because of the cabin being pressurized, and the inability to adjust the pressure would have caused (a) boom sound," said National Search and Rescue Agency Operations Coordinator Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, according to CBS News.
Flight QZ8501 disappeared from radars on Dec. 28 while flying from Indonesia to Singapore, with debris and bodies being discovered two days later. more >>
A group of Christian surfers in New Zealand saved a mother and her two sons from drowning on Christmas Day after the family was caught in a near-lethal rip tip tide off the shore of a beach an hour west of Auckland.
The five surfers, who are all members of a local Christian surf club called the North Shore Christian Surfers Group, saved the mother and her two teenage sons who were allegedly close to drowning when the surfers rescued them, The New Zealand Herald reported Thursday.
The surfers, Darren Celliers, Caleb Lemkus, Olly Mason, Lewis Mennie and Troy Duckworth, arrived at Bethells Beach around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday when they were quickly told by a beachgoer of the swimmers in distress. more >>