If you’ve noticed what seem to be more torrential downpours or huge dumps of snow in recent years, you are picking up on something a team of climate scientists identified in global weather records. Extreme precipitation events have become more common. And using machine learning, the researchers determined that human activities, including burning fossil fuels, are to blame. Buckle up for further warming of the planet to continue to intensify rain and snowfall.

Have you ever found yourself getting riled up on social media and either firing off a heated post or logging out in disgust? Platforms like Facebook and Twitter aren’t exactly known for their civil discourse. But maybe they could be, suggests one computer scientist who surveyed regular people about some design features that could help elevate the tone. See what you think of these potential updates.

Finally, we have some recommendations for the young readers in your life. Two STEM education and curriculum experts identify books that can help kids think like engineers by encouraging them to “ask, imagine, plan, create, test and improve” – using stories about a chocolatier, a puppeteer, the inventor of the Super Soaker and more.

Here are some other good reads from the past week in science:

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Hurricane Harvey dumped an unheard-of 60 inches of rain in parts of Texas in 2017. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change

Gavin D. Madakumbura, University of California, Los Angeles; Alex Hall, University of California, Los Angeles; Chad Thackeray, University of California, Los Angeles; Jesse Norris, University of California, Los Angeles

Scientists used artificial neural networks to analyze precipitation records from around the world. They found evidence of human activities influencing extreme rain or snowfall in every one.

Technology can trip people up on the road to finding common ground. Johanna Svennberg/iStock via Getty Images

It’s not just bad behavior – why social media design makes it hard to have constructive disagreements online

Amanda Baughan, University of Washington

How social media services work – the nuts and bolts of interacting with others online – has the power to shape and improve online arguments. Here's how.

Engineering lessons can be found in many books kids already have at home or their local library. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

5 children’s books that teach valuable engineering lessons

Michelle Forsythe, Texas State University; Julie Jackson, Texas State University

Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.

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