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SWERUS expedition preliminary cruise plan and study areas of Leg 1 and 2. EEZ=Exclusive Economic Zone; LR=Lomonosov Ridge; MR=Mendeleev Ridge; HC=Herald Canyon; NSI=New Siberian Islands.
Image via Daily Kos via University of Stockholm.
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

“We are sniffing methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera … All analysis tells the signs. We are in a [methane] mega flare.”

Photo credit: John Spooner/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 29, 2014

We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

Since 1500, more than 320 land animals have gone extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline.

Via SeaPhotos.com
Jul 28, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Hairy pink squat lobster

It’s always a good hair day for a hairy pink squat lobster (Lauriea siagiani). These little guys live on sponges in the western Indo-Pacific.

Artist's illustration of the feathered dinosaur Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus based on fossils discovered in Siberia. Image credit: Andrey Atuchin
Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Did all dinosaurs have feathers?

A newly-discovered species suggests that feathers were much more common among dinosaurs than once thought.

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Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Webcam sees baby sea turtles hatch and head toward sea

These baby loggerhead sea turtles hatched from their eggs and began their march to the sea on Friday night, July 25, around 9 p.m.

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Blogs | Jul 28, 2014

Iron from Sahara dust helps fertilize Atlantic Ocean

Some 71% to 87% of the iron in North Atlantic seawater may have originated in dust from the Sahara desert.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 27, 2014

Second mysterious crater reported from Yamal

According to unconfirmed reports, the second hole is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from a first large hole in Russian permafrost, reported earlier this month.

Image credit Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

See which parts of the U.S. are losing groundwater

This map shows the amount of water stored in underground aquifers in the U.S. on July 7, 2014, in contrast to the average from 1948 to 2009.

Anticrepuscular rays by Shreenivasan Manievannan
FAQs | Photos | Jul 25, 2014

How to see anticrepuscular rays

Next time you see crepuscular rays or sunrays extending from the horizon … turn around. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.

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Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Nature’s roadblock to accurate seasonal hurricane forecasts

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

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Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Video: Joshua Tree nights

Shot in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Relax … and enjoy the night sky.

Via Aquaviews.net
FAQs | Jul 25, 2014

Can sharks smile? Do they even feel happy?

Dogs, monkeys and dolphins all show expressions akin to human smiles. But in sharks and other fish, the parts of the brain related to feelings are less developed.

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Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

Image Credit: Michelle's blue planet
Blogs | Jul 22, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Sea stars

You call them starfish? They’re brilliant by any name.

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Blogs | Jul 22, 2014

Reservoir of molten rock under Yellowstone is 2.5 times bigger than thought

If the Yellowstone supervolcano were to erupt today, it would have major, perhaps catastrophic, consequences.

Photo: Ailee Bennett Farey
Blogs | Photos | Jul 22, 2014

At twilight … 15 best photos

“Love prefers twilight to daylight”
- Oliver Wendall Holmes

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

lnside the mysterious Yamal crater

Scientists are back from a first exploration of the strange crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Curiouser and curiouser.

Via dogwork.com
FAQs | Videos | Jul 21, 2014

Does your dog pronk?

Among wild animals, pronking may be a way of avoiding predators. But when you see an animal pronk, you can’t but think it’s leaping for joy.

Photo credit: Curtis Beaird
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Sunflowers say summertime, yes?

Mammatus clouds via Pam Rice Phillips
Blogs | Photos | Jul 20, 2014

You’ve got to see these mammatus clouds

These clouds can appear ominous. But, in a way that’s so common in nature, their dangerous aspect goes hand in hand with a magnificent beauty.

Typhoon Rammasun intensified quickly earlier this morning. Image Credit: NOAA
Blogs | Jul 18, 2014

Rammasun hits China as a super typhoon

Rammasun has made a second, powerful landfall in China after intensifying yesterday. At landfall, it had a sustained wind of 155 mph with gusts near 190 mph.