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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.

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Science Wire | Nov 24, 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 | 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.

Blogs | Nov 10, 2015

Happy Diwali! Hindu festival of light

The Hindu festival of Diwali is November 11, 2015. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?

Hole-punch cloud image provided by Andrew Heymsfield.  Used with permission
Science Wire | Nov 10, 2015

Hole-punch clouds are made by jets

It might look like a UFO – but it’s really a hole-punch cloud. A word about the classic connection between hole-punch clouds, jets and snowfall.

Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate change.

6.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on November 7, 2015.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Strong earthquake along coast of central Chile. Same approximate region as much more powerful quake, two months ago. No tsunami warning. No immediate reports of damage or injuries.

October 2015. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 06, 2015

El Niño already disrupting ocean food web

Scientists report the loss of phytoplankton – at the base of the ocean food web – from this year’s strong El Niño. It’s all part of a fascinating cycle of boom or bust for marine animals.

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Science Wire | Nov 05, 2015

What is El Niño?

A big El Niño is developing in 2015, say scientists. This NASA video explains El Niño and its impact on the marine food web.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 03, 2015

Antarctica’s ozone hole in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole formed later than usual and had the fourth-largest area measured since the start of the satellite record in 1979.

The Crack in Wyoming. Photo by Randy Becker of Casper.
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2015

Giant crack opens up in Wyoming

Not a danger to humans … just a cool example of nature’s power. The Crack, as locals call it, is now hundreds of yards (meters) long and still growing.