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This image shows ozone concentrations above Antarctica on Sept. 11, 2014. Image credit: NASA.
Science Wire | Oct 31, 2014

2014 Antarctic ozone hole

The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size in September. The size of this year’s hole was about the same as last year’s

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Science Wire | Oct 30, 2014

The weird walk of a bizarre dinosaur

Computer animation of Deinocheirus mirificus walking. The bizarre-looking dinosaur had unusually large forearms and features that seem cobbled together from other dinosaurs.

Transmission electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion. Image credit: Frederick Murphy / CDC.
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Ebola is at least 16 million years old, says study

Ebola’s first documented outbreak was in 1976. But the Ebola virus family has been around for 16 to 23 million years, says new research.

The Deepwater Horizon oil is likely at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.  Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Where is the missing Deepwater Horizon oil?

Researchers trace oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill to the Gulf of Mexico’s deep floor

Image via Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.
Blogs | Oct 28, 2014

Why are these biologists dressed up as whooping cranes?

In the spirit of Halloween? No. These biologists routinely dress as whooping cranes to care for chicks that will eventually be released into the wild.

Image Credit: Jurgen Otto.
Blogs | Videos | Oct 28, 2014

Three amazing feats of spiders

Halloween time is spider time. Three amazing spider skills you might not have known about.

Credit: Ltshears, Larry Page, Carl Chun
Blogs | Oct 28, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Vampires are real!

You might think twice about walking down that dark alley alone after learning about the nefarious habits of the vampire bat, squid and finch.

Lightning helps Frankenstein come alive!
Blogs | Videos | Oct 27, 2014

Favorite scary weather scenes in horror movies

Are those loud rumbles of thunder – or pelts of hail hitting your roof and knocking on your windows – or a crazed psycho killer on the loose?

Science Wire | Oct 26, 2014

Video: Lightning photobombs a double rainbow

Amazing double rainbow arcs across the sky. Lightning gets in on the act.

Night falls when you enter Earth's shadow
FAQs | Oct 24, 2014

When can you see Earth’s shadow?

At yesterday’s solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow brushed Earth. But what about Earth’s shadow? You can see it any clear evening …

Blogs | Oct 23, 2014

Fake image of India during Diwali versus the real thing

The Hindu festival of Diwali is October 23, 2014. It’s a festival of light! But not so much so that you can see the light of Diwali from space.

October 6, 2014. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Oct 22, 2014

View from space: Southwestern U.S. at night

Two cool nighttime photos by astronauts aboard the ISS. Check out the bright city lights.

Image Credit: Graham Racher
Blogs | Oct 21, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Corpse flower

Parasitic flowers of the genus Rafflesia are monstrous in size and diabolical in smell.

1946 tsunami in Hawaii, via USGS
Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

How often might Hawaii get a monster tsunami?

Scientists say that the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was a thousand-year event. A monster wave might strike Hawaii about as often.

Blogs | Oct 20, 2014

New seafloor map reveals thousands of seamounts

A new global map of the ocean, made with satellite data, reveals thousands of previously uncharted seamounts.

Photo credit: Meandering Mammal/Flickr
Blogs | Oct 20, 2014

Hundreds of millions of South Asians at risk from glacier melt

Hundreds of millions of people in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh depend on the Hindu Kush Himalayan glaciers for food, energy and water.

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Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

First-ever image of 5th order rainbow!

The fabled quinary or 5th order rainbow is made by sunlight reflected five times inside raindrops. Now, for the first time, we have an image of one.

Blogs | FAQs | Oct 17, 2014

Why do trees shed their leaves in the fall?

Something to think about while raking.

The 'north pole' -- that is, the direction of magnetic north -- was reversed a million years ago. This map shows how, starting about 789,000 years ago, the north pole wandered around Antarctica for several thousand years before flipping 786,000 years ago to the orientation we know today, with the pole somewhere in the Arctic. Image courtesy of University of California - Berkeley
Science Wire | Oct 16, 2014

Earth’s last magnetic reversal took less than 100 years

A study demonstrates that Earth’s last magnetic reversal – 786,000 years ago – happened in roughly the span of a human lifetime.

Photo credit: Ben+Sam/Flickr
Science Wire | Oct 15, 2014

San Francisco Bay area overdue for a big quake

Four urban sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California have stored enough energy to produce major earthquakes, according to a new study.

Videos | Oct 15, 2014

This hummingbird video will melt your heart

Hummingbirds playing in a fountain. Toward the end, listen for the little clicks and chirps.