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Science Wire | May 22, 2015

Scared of thunder and lightning? You have astraphobia

Bam! Yikes! Do you – and your dog – have astraphobia?

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Science Wire | May 21, 2015

Newly named dinosaur had a keen nose

It was a fierce predator, “not a dinosaur you’d want to mess with,” said the scientist whose analysis of an ancient skull revealed a brand new species.

Orcas can leap!  Photo via Marinebio.org
Science Wire | May 21, 2015

Video: Paddle boarders meet orcas

Imagine you’re paddle-boarding, and an orca – killer whale – pops up on the ocean surface near you. Two amazing and beautiful videos, here.

Sonia Harmand at excavation site.
Science Wire | May 20, 2015

Oldest stone tools found in Kenya

The tools, whose makers may or may not have been some sort of human ancestor, date back to 3.3 million years ago.

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Blogs | May 20, 2015

North Atlantic circulation slowing down already?

A predicted global warming effect is a slowdown in North Atlantic Ocean circulation. New research shows recent decreases that are unprecedented in the past 1,100 years.

The Opah, via NOAA Fisheries
Science Wire | May 20, 2015

Opah, the first truly warm-blooded fish

It circulates heated blood through its body as mammals and birds do. Its warm blood makes the opah a high-performance predator that swims faster, sees better.

Blood Falls in Antarctica via ScienceNow in 2009
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Origin of Antarctica’s eerie Blood Falls

New work confirms zones of liquid salt water hundreds of meters below the bright red waterfall in icy Antarctica, known as Blood Falls.

Sea surface temperature anomalies, or differences from averages, in Celsius for February-March 2014. Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Pacific ‘blob’ is changing weather patterns

What does this year’s odd U.S. weather have in common with a huge spike in hungry, stranded sea lion pups on California shores? Both are linked to a giant patch of warm ocean water.

Pavlof Volcano May 18, 2013 via ISS
Blogs | Photos | This Date in Science | May 18, 2015

This date in science: Dramatic space photos of Pavlof Volcano

As Pavlof Volcano poured out lava and ash, ISS astronauts managed to capture these seldom-seen oblique views of the volcano.

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Blogs | May 18, 2015

This date in science: Cataclysmic eruption at Mount St. Helens

The May 18, 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens was one of the most destructive volcanic events ever recorded in the history of the United States.

Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Do nano-sunscreens harm sea life?

Nano particles in sunscreens have been found to harm marine worms, crustaceans, algae, fish and mussels. A new study shows their negative effect on sea urchin embryos, too.

Great white, via sharkfacts.com
Science Wire | May 14, 2015

Shark finning is brutal and sad

Startling infographic about the cruel practice of shark finning, and a word about overfishing from an expert.

Mammatus clouds via Pam Rice Phillips
Blogs | Photos | May 14, 2015

You’ve got to see these mammatus clouds

Contrary to myth, these clouds don’t continue extending downward to form tornados. But it’s true they can appear around, before or after a storm.

Acquired September 14, 1966.  Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | May 14, 2015

The mystery of India’s rapid drift

India got a geologic boost that accelerated its drift toward Eurasia 80 million years ago, researchers suggest. The speed of the resulting impact created the Himalayas.

From infographic Hottest and Coldest places by GB Energy Supply.
Science Wire | May 13, 2015

World’s hottest and coldest places

From California’s Death Valley to China’s Flaming Mountains of Xinjiang … the world’s hottest places. And coldest places! New infographic by GB Energy Supply.

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Science Wire | May 12, 2015

Space data protect whales from ships

A new tool tracks the locations of whales along the U.S. west coast, in order to decrease the chances of whales colliding with ships or getting tangled in fishing gear.

Belts of earthquakes (yellow) surround the Indo-Australian plate. Image credit: Mike Sandiford
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

The science behind Nepal earthquakes

Nepal sits on the boundary of the two massive tectonic plates that collided to build the Himalayas. Their ongoing convergence also means earthquakes.

Map via @meschultz1010 on Twitter.
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

Today’s earthquake comes less than two weeks after a 7.9-magnitude quake left more than 8,000 dead and 18,000 injured there.

Rambo fires the red shutter release with a tentacle.
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

If you give an octopus a camera

… she’s going to want to take a picture. An octopus at a New Zealand aquarium trains a camera on visiting tourists.

Image via Shutterstock
Science Wire | May 09, 2015

Asteroids and comets seed exoplanets with water

Earth’s water likely came from asteroids and/or comets. New research suggests that small bodies in distant solar systems carry water to their planets, too.

By Göran Strand. Used with permission
Blogs | FAQs | Photos | May 08, 2015

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.