Troy Oakes

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Troy was born and raised in Australia and has always wanted to know why and how things work, which led him to his love for science. He is a professional photographer and enjoys taking pictures of Australia's beautiful landscapes. He is also a professional storm chaser where he currently lives in Hervey Bay, Australia.

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Researchers at Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE), in partnership with colleagues in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa, have recorded for...

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In the early decades of televised news, Americans turned to the stern faces of newsmen like Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather as...

Working Toward Better Forecasting of Freezing Rain in Southern China

Under particular conditions, extreme low-temperature, precipitation, and freezing-weather events can occur over an extensive area to form a combined meteorological disaster. For example, in...

Evidence: Spread of COVID-19 Is Sensitive to UV Exposure

Researchers uncover evidence that UV radiation from sunlight reduces COVID-19 transmission. Scientists, policymakers, and healthcare workers are eager to discern to what extent the...

New Defense Against Dengue and Emerging Mosquito-Borne Viruses

New treatments to cut the global death rate from mosquito-borne viruses — such as dengue, Zika, and West Nile viruses — could result from...

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