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May 29, 2015 earthquake in the Aleutian arc.  Image via USGS
Science Wire | May 29, 2015

6.7-magnitude earthquake in Alaska

The quake took place 3 a.m. EDT (0700 UTC) Friday morning in the earthquake-prone, sparsely populated Aleutian arc, some 400 miles (600 km) from Anchorage.

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Image via NOAA.
Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Whales can be told apart by their voices

Detailed analysis of a particular type of call – known as an upcall – let human researchers single out individual whales.

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Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Video: 40 hours at Ningaloo Reef

No beach days yet? This wonderful video by Colin Legg lets you spend two days and nights at a reef in Australia.

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Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Octopus opens a jar, from the inside

Check out this video. More evidence that octopuses are amazing.

Lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History holds casts of the jaws of Australopithecus deyiremeda, a new human ancestor from Ethiopia.  Photo: Laura Dempsey
Science Wire | May 28, 2015

New human ancestor found in Ethiopia

According to scientists who made the discovery, the find provides conclusive evidence that, millions of years ago, there was more than one human species.

String quartet at University of Minnesota’s School of Music performing “Planetary Bands, Warming World.”   Image via Ensia, University of Minnesota.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Video: Translating climate change to music

Imagine setting global warming to music. That’s what a student at University of Minnesota has done, basing his composition on actual temperature data since 1880.

Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 via GOES-13
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

NOAA forecasts slow 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA forecasts 6-11 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes, and 0-2 major hurricanes. Just remember, it only takes one storm to make it a memorable season, for you.

Artist's conception of the Thirty Meter Telescope
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Hawaii governor says Thirty Meter Telescope has right to continue

$1.5-billion project halted last month, following demonstrations. Gov. David Ige said to continue, but that one-fourth of telescopes on Mauna Kea should be removed.

Water and buttermilk are being distributed in India, due to the deadly heat.  Image is a video still via CNN.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Heat wave kills 1,100 in India

A deadly heatwave has gripped India since April. The death toll has now risen to more than 1,100. Cooling monsoon rains are not expected for several more days.

Rainfall totals on May 23-24, 2015 via 13WMAZ Weather
Blogs | May 25, 2015

Central U.S. inundated with heavy rain

A month ago, much of Texas and Oklahoma were in drought conditions. This past weekend, they had serious and deadly flooding.

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Science Wire | May 25, 2015

Most dramatic music video ever

Recorded live by the doom metal band Hamferð during the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun above the village of Kvívík in the Faroe Islands.

Octopus tentacle via Shutterstock.
Science Wire | May 25, 2015

An octopus senses light with its skin

New research shows an octopus can change skin color in response to light, without input from the eye or brain.

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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.