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Image Credit: H Dragon
Science Wire | Dec 01, 2015

Lifeform of the week: Horseshoe crab

If the horseshoe crab looks like it comes from another era, that’s because it does.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
Science Wire | Dec 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for December?

December has two birthstones, turquoise and zircon.

Wisdom and mate, 2015, via U.S. Department of the Interior
Science Wire | Nov 30, 2015

Wisdom is back again!

Wisdom – world’s oldest living, banded, wild bird – has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She’s 64 years old and a symbol of hope and inspiration.

Image credit: Matthew Lutz, Princeton University and Chris Reid, University of Sydney.
Science Wire | Nov 30, 2015

Army ants build living bridges

If a gap interrupts a swarm of army ants, they build a ‘living bridge’ using their own bodies. How? New research says ants perform a collective computation.

Photo credit: WMO
Science Wire | Nov 30, 2015

WMO: 2015 likely warmest year on record

The World Meteorological Organization says high temps in 2015 are due to the overall trend of global warming, combined with the strong ongoing El Niño.

Science Wire | Nov 30, 2015

Faster ice loss at major Greenland glacier

A large glacier in northeastern Greenland, called Zachariae Isstrom, has been melting faster since 2012. It’s now losing mass at rate of 5 billion tons per year.

The nest of a birdlike dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Image via Kohei Tanaka via LiveScience
Science Wire | Nov 27, 2015

Were dinosaur nests buried or open?

We know that dinosaurs laid eggs, but did they bury their nests as crocodiles do, or leave them open and exposed, like birds? New research has some answers.

Science Wire | Nov 27, 2015

Video: EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd

Catch up with all the news you can fit into outer space with EarthSky.org’s Deborah Byrd, LIVE on Slooh Wednesdays at 4 PM ET (2100 UTC). Or watch right here!

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Science Wire | Nov 27, 2015

Satellite sensors for global fire coverage

A global fire alert from space, FireSat sensors would be able to detect a fire anywhere on Earth within 15 minutes of its start and notify area emergency responders.

Blogs | Videos | Nov 24, 2015

Slow motion time-lapse of crazy lightning

Cool video showing spectacular lightning discharges – running from cloud to cloud – seen from Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Science Wire | Nov 24, 2015

Paris climate summit: Why more women need seats at the table

Including more women in international climate negotiations will lead to better results. Here are 15 climate champions already making a difference

Image source: thevane.gawker.com
Science Wire | Nov 23, 2015

Weather-related natural disasters are up

With COP21 poised to begin in Paris, a new UN report suggests that weather-related disasters were nearly twice as frequent over the past decade as two decades ago.

Northern lights, desaturated, by Mike Taylor Photography
Blogs | Photos | Nov 23, 2015

Will you see colors in an aurora?

If you live below 50 degrees N. latitude, auroras are likely to be low on your horizon, and you’re less likely to see vivid colors.

Science Wire | Nov 23, 2015

El Niño déjà vu or something new?

NASA scientists weigh in on whether this year’s El Niño will rival the monster El Niño of 1997-98.

Science Wire | Nov 20, 2015

Eastern coyote’s a hybrid, but ‘coywolf’ is not a thing

There’s a hybrid canid living in the eastern US, the result of an amazing evolution story unfolding right in front of us. But it’s not a new species – yet – says biologist.

This image shows Volcano Island, located in the middle of the Taal caldera, formerly known as Lake Bombon or Lake Taal. Image credit: George Tapan
Science Wire | Nov 18, 2015

Top 10 most dangerous volcanoes

At the number one spot is the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

Science Wire | Nov 17, 2015

6 million years of human evolution in 1 minute

Mesmerizing reconstructions of long-lost human ancestors – created using fossil discoveries and forensic techniques – from a 2013 book published by Yale Press.

Science Wire | Nov 17, 2015

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Greece

Two are reported dead in the 6.5-magnitude earthquake, which struck just off the western Greek island of Lefkada on the morning of November 17.

Birth of Surtsey in 1963 via NOAA.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2015

This date in science: Surtsey and the birth of new islands

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island was being born.

A supervolcano is classed as more than 500 cubic kilometers of erupted magma volume.
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

What triggers supervolcano eruptions?

Supervolcanoes – massive eruptions with potential global consequences – don’t appear to follow the conventional volcano mechanics, say researchers.

Arctic Tern in flight via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Nov 13, 2015

Which bird migrates the farthest?

Over its lifetime of about 25 years, an Arctic Tern can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.