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Blogs | Nov 27, 2014

Dolphins use specific whistles as names

African bottlenose dolphins join the list of dolphins known to use signature whistles to address each other – similar to how humans use names.

Photo credit: Brigham Young University
Science Wire | Nov 26, 2014

Another reason to be thankful for turkey

Be thankful for turkeys this Thanksgiving! An antibiotic to target staph infections and strep comes from good bacteria made inside turkeys, say researchers.

Image Credit: Rene Schwietzke
Blogs | Nov 25, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Cranberries

Cranberries are more than just a holiday condiment.

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Blogs | Nov 24, 2014

Managing biodiversity in parks a growing concern

The amount needed to manage protected areas such as national parks represents a fraction of what the world spends annually on defense, says a study author.

Image via FogoNews on Facebook.
Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts, residents evacuated

Pico do Fogo is a shield volcano in the Cape Verde islands, off Africa’s west coast. After a 20-year quiet, it began erupting Sunday, causing hundreds to evacuate.

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Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Video: A year in the life of Earth’s CO2

Awesome visualization, based on an ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model, showing how carbon dioxide in our air travels around the globe.

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Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Hummingbird flies more like insect than bird, says study

You might think a hummingbird simply beats its wings so fast and hard it pushes down enough air to keep its small body afloat. Turns out it’s much trickier than that.

Snowfall October 2014, via Rutgers Snow Lab
Blogs | Nov 21, 2014

Burning questions about winter cold

As the rest of Earth warms, debate continues on what’s causing the mid-latitude chill.

Buffalo, NY Nov. 19, 2014 via Scott Stranahan.
Blogs | Nov 20, 2014

Incredible lake-effect snow pounds Buffalo area, continuing today

Over five feet (1.5 meters) of snow fell just south of Buffalo, New York on November 18, 2014. A second round is forecast for today.

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FAQs | Nov 20, 2014

What is lake-effect snow?

Podcast and 2011 interview with Tom Niziol, a longtime meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, about lake-effect snow.

Image Credit: Webbaliah
Blogs | Nov 18, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Carnivorous plants

Faced with lousy soil conditions, some plants came up with a novel solution – eating meat.

Photo credit: Glen Miles Photography
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Study suggests 2014 ocean surface temps warmest on record

2014 is still on track to be the warmest year on record, and ocean surface temperatures appear to be rising as well.

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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

More lightning strikes in a warming world?

Rising temperatures could lead to a 50 percent increase in U.S. lightning strikes by the end of the century, says a new study.

Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

Slow motion disaster continues at Kilauea

On November 3, a federal disaster declaration was issued for the new lava flow at Kilauea. The lava has destroyed only one home … so far.

Birth of Surtsey in 1963 via NOAA.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

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.

Northern Nevada, via Stanford.edu
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

Nevada earthquake swarm intensifies

Earthquake activity in northwest Nevada over the past week has been more than in previous months combined, says the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

"Being able to control gene expression via the power of thought is a dream that we've been chasing for over a decade," says Martin Fussenegger.  Photo credit: [Jim]/Flickr
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

First gene network operated by brainwaves

Scientists hope a thought-controlled implant might one day help combat neurological diseases, such as chronic headaches, back pain, and epilepsy.

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Science Wire | Nov 10, 2014

Stunning video of twin waterspouts off Ligurian coast, Italy

The twin waterspouts appeared on November 6, 2014 over the sea during a thunderstorm.

Image via NASA/NOAA
Blogs | Nov 08, 2014

NASA quells rumor: Days of darkness in December? Of course not

Heard the rumor that “NASA says” Earth will experience several days of total darkness in December 2014? Not true, of course.

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Science Wire | Nov 07, 2014

Strange-looking hole-punch clouds are made by jets

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

Arctic Tern in flight via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Nov 07, 2014

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.