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Science Wire | May 05, 2016

Study: Widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s

These scientists said that, as our warming climate saps the ocean of oxygen, marine life like fish, crabs, squid, and sea stars could be left struggling to breathe.

Rendering of bacterium. The Earth Microbiome Project -- a global multidisciplinary project to identify microscope organisms -- has so far cataloged less than 10 million species of the estimated one trillion living on Earth. Image credit: © decade3d / Fotolia
Science Wire | May 03, 2016

Earth might be home to a trillion species

Largest-ever analysis of microbial data concludes that 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.

Hydrothermal system at the Danakil Depression. The yellow deposits are a variety of sulphates and the red areas are deposits of iron oxides. Copper salts colour the water green. Image credit: Felipe Gomez/Europlanet 2020 RI
Science Wire | May 02, 2016

Inhospitable Danakil Depression hosts extreme life

It’s below sea level, with near-boiling water bubbling up from underground, high salt concentrations and toxic vapor. Yet life survives here.

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Science Wire | Apr 30, 2016

Did human limbs evolve from shark gills?

The Sonic Hedgehog gene drives embryonic development of mammal limbs and shark gills. Could our limbs have evolved from gills?

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2016

Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

No, Earth’s magnetic field did not collapse for 2 hours on April 23. The erroneous story, which is still spreading, originated with a glitch in a computer simulation.

Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2016

Does this jellyfish look like a spaceship, or what?

Video of a spectacular jellyfish that floated past NOAA’s ROV on April 24, 2016 in the Mariana Trench – the deepest oceanic trench on the planet.

Blogs | FAQs | Photos | Apr 27, 2016

What makes a red rainbow?

Red rainbows happen when the sun is on the horizon. They’re created in much the same process that causes a sunset or sunrise to look red.

Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Dinosaurs already in decline before asteroid apocalypse?

New research suggests that dinosaurs were in decline tens of millions of years before the meteorite impact that finished them off.

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 25, 2016

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

It’s their active season. Here are 10 things to know about these venomous spiders that like to live where we do.

Image via Neha Golwala
Science Wire | Apr 22, 2016

Photos from friends: Favorite images of Earth

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, we’ve brought together some of our favorite images of Earth by the EarthSky community. Thank you all!

First Earth Day 1970
Science Wire | Apr 22, 2016

Why is Earth Day on April 22?

April 22, 1970 – Arbor Day – was the first Earth Day. Today, a common practice in celebration of Earth Day is still to plant new trees.

Photo: Monarch Watch
Science Wire | Apr 20, 2016

How monarchs find Mexico without a map

Researchers say they’ve cracked the secrets of the monarch butterfly’s internal compass.

This is a new and expanded view of the tree of life, with clusters of bacteria (left), uncultivable bacteria called 'candidate phyla radiation' (center, purple) and, at lower right, the Archaea and eukaryotes (green), including humans. Image credit: Graphic by Zosia Rostomian, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Science Wire | Apr 19, 2016

New tree of life doesn’t look as you’d imagine

The tree of life, which depicts how life has evolved and diversified on the planet, is getting a lot more complicated.

Science Wire | Apr 19, 2016

Popocatépetl volcano hurls rock and fire

Awesome videos showing the fiery eruption of Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano, which began Monday morning.

Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Eastern monarch butterflies at risk of extinction, scientists say

Populations of the charismatic orange and black monarch butterfly have plummeted. Will they be extinct in 20 years?

Photo credit: Smithsonian
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

Lots of non-humans – octopuses, crows, monkeys, machines – are intelligent. Could some also be conscious?

7.0 earthquake in Japan on April 15, 2016.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Powerful earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Japan was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on April 15, 2016. One day later, on April 16, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Image credit: Yining Karl Li
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Top 6 things about gravity

Gravity does far more than make things fall down. It governs the motion of planets around the sun, holds galaxies together and determines the structure of the universe.

The face of a trap-jaw spider, a male, aka Chilarchaea quellon. The long chelicerae are highly maneuverable mouth parts, evolved to rapidly snap prey like a mousetrap. Image via Hannah Wood, Smithsonian.
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Spiders with super-fast mousetrap mouths

In the forests of South America and New Zealand, trap-jaw spiders have mouths clamp down on their quarry like a mousetrap, at lightning speeds.

Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

See Death Valley’s 2016 superbloom

This new and wonderful video from SkyGlowProject.com will let you experience the 2016 superbloom of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park.

Photo Credit: wili hybrid
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

What gives rainbows their curved shape?

A rainbow isn’t a flat two-dimensional image on the dome of sky. It’s more like a mosaic, composed of many separate bits … in three dimensions.