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Image credit Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Science Wire | Jul 24, 2014

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

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

Anticrepuscular rays by Shreenivasan Manievannan
FAQs | Photos | Jul 24, 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.

Hurricane Mitch, 1998
Science Wire | Jul 23, 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 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.

Photo credit: Mike Quinn
Science Wire | Jul 17, 2014

How can I see a green flash?

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Large crater appears at ‘the end of the world’

A science team is investigating a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula of northern Siberia. It’s about 80 meters (87.5 yards) across. No cause is yet known.

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Blogs | Jul 16, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Portuguese Man o’ War

Don’t call the Portuguese Man o’ War a jellyfish. And don’t get near its stinging tentacles, even if it’s dead.

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FAQs | Jul 16, 2014

Scared of thunder and lightning? You have astraphobia

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

Typhoon Rammasun on July 15 via NOAA
Blogs | Jul 15, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun is thrashing the Philippines

Rammasun, also called Glenda, intensified before making landfall earlier today. Typhoon status of 175 kph/110 mph expected as it passes very close to Manila.

Virga over west Texas, by Deborah Byrd
FAQs | Photos | Jul 14, 2014

Virga is rain that doesn’t reach the ground

You often see virga over a desert, where low humidity and high temperatures can cause rain to evaporate shortly after being released by clouds. Beautiful photos of virga here.

Photo credit: Dominik/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 14, 2014

40 percent of captive African elephants are obese

Like in humans, excess fat in elephants can contribute to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility, say researchers.

Image Credit: CNN Weather
Blogs | Jul 14, 2014

Big temperature swing this week for U.S. and Canada

Despite rumors, it’s not a polar vortex that’s responsible for the unseasonably cool weather in the eastern U.S. and Canada this week.

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Science Wire | Jul 11, 2014

Dark skies of Utah timelapse

You’ll love this spectacular timelapse of the summer night sky over Utah.