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Antarctica's Dry Valleys
Science Wire | May 05, 2015

Huge salty aquifer found under Antarctica

Antarctica’s Dry Valleys are home to briny lakes at the surface. Now scientists find liquid salt water – possibly containing unknown ecosystems – below ground.

Artist's concept of the asteroid impact that created Chicxulub crater.
Science Wire | May 04, 2015

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused India’s Deccan Traps?

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago might have mobilized an existing volcanic system, causing vast lava flows.

Is humanity now ‘too big for nature?’ Photo credit: Mark Klett
Science Wire | May 04, 2015

Preserving nature in the Age of Humans

Scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists grapple with what it means to ‘save nature’ in the Anthropocene.

April 28, 2015.  Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | May 04, 2015

Tonga’s newest island: Before and after views

Last December, an undersea volcano exploded to life in the Polynesian island kingdom of Tonga. The eruption created a new island.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
Science Wire | May 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for May?

May’s birthstone, the emerald, is a type of beryl colored green by chromium. Perfect emeralds are among the rarest of gemstones.

Photo: Jennifer Khordi
Science Wire | Apr 30, 2015

Who loves rainbows?

April showers brought these rainbows. Enjoy these awesome photos from our friends!

Image Credit: NASA
Blogs | FAQs | Apr 28, 2015

Why do global temperature records differ?

Why do different institutions – NASA, NOAA, and the Japanese Meteorological Agency – publish slightly different global temperature measurements?

Belts of earthquakes (yellow) surround the Indo-Australian plate. Image credit: Mike Sandiford
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2015

The science behind the Nepal earthquake

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

The gorgeous colors of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic hot spring are among the park’s myriad hydrothermal features created by the fact that Yellowstone is a supervolcano – the largest type of volcano on Earth. Photo credit: “Windows into the Earth,” Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2015

Huge magma reservoir discovered under Yellowstone supervolcano

It’s below the magma chamber they knew about before and contains enough hot, partly molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over.

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Science Wire | Apr 27, 2015

Imagine you are diving, and suddenly …

Amazing video of whales surfacing – open-mouthed – under a diving expedition.

Permafrost distribution from International Permafrost Assocation
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2015

Carbon from melting permafrost goes back to atmosphere

According to a new study, microbes eat the carbon and release it as CO2, where ends up back in the atmosphere and contributes to further warming.

Epicenter of April 25 Nepal earthquake
Science Wire | Apr 25, 2015

Powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocks Nepal

The quake’s epicenter less than 50 miles from capital city of Kathmandu. Hundreds dead and many historic buildings collapsed.

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Science Wire | Apr 24, 2015

Biggest five – or six? – mass extinctions ever

Over 99% of all the animal species that have ever lived are now extinct. Here are Earth’s biggest extinctions, in under 5 minutes. New video from AsapSCIENCE.

Video still via Dario Almonacid
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

Calbuco volcano in Chile erupts

Amazing photos and videos of Chile’s Calbuco volcano, which began erupting Wednesday for the first time in over 42 years.

Fracking diagram via Huffington Post
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

More earthquakes due to human activities, says USGS

Of the eastern and central U.S. states studied so far, Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit in recent years. Texas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Ohio all have had more earthquakes in the past year.

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Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

Watch the Arctic ice pack vanish

Decades ago, most of Arctic’s winter ice pack was made up of thick, perennial ice. Not anymore. Watch the change in this one-minute animation.

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

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

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Special Earth Day video: The Untouched

It showcases the beauty of nature and tries to convey that “we can’t reverse time to travel back to bring back all that we have lost by mistake.”

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA

Share pics and video of your favorite places on Earth to social media with hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.

First Earth Day 1970
Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

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.

I don’t want to bite you. Photo credit: Travelbag Ltd
Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

What’s the real deal with shark attacks?

Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability – and occasional proclivity – to do just that.