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Snowfall October 2014, via Rutgers Snow Lab
Blogs | Nov 21, 2014

Burning questions about winter cold

As the rest of Earth warms, debate continues on what’s causing the mid-latitude chill.

Buffalo, NY Nov. 19, 2014 via Scott Stranahan.
Blogs | Nov 20, 2014

Incredible lake-effect snow pounds Buffalo area, continuing today

Over five feet (1.5 meters) of snow fell just south of Buffalo, New York on November 18, 2014. A second round is forecast for today.

Image Credit: pmarkham
FAQs | Nov 20, 2014

What is lake-effect snow?

Podcast and 2011 interview with Tom Niziol, a longtime meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, about lake-effect snow.

Image Credit: Webbaliah
Blogs | Nov 18, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Carnivorous plants

Faced with lousy soil conditions, some plants came up with a novel solution – eating meat.

Photo credit: Glen Miles Photography
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Study suggests 2014 ocean surface temps warmest on record

2014 is still on track to be the warmest year on record, and ocean surface temperatures appear to be rising as well.

Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

More lightning strikes in a warming world?

Rising temperatures could lead to a 50 percent increase in U.S. lightning strikes by the end of the century, says a new study.

Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

Slow motion disaster continues at Kilauea

On November 3, a federal disaster declaration was issued for the new lava flow at Kilauea. The lava has destroyed only one home … so far.

Birth of Surtsey in 1963 via NOAA.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

This date in science: Surtsey and the birth of new islands

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island was being born.

Northern Nevada, via Stanford.edu
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

Nevada earthquake swarm intensifies

Earthquake activity in northwest Nevada over the past week has been more than in previous months combined, says the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

"Being able to control gene expression via the power of thought is a dream that we've been chasing for over a decade," says Martin Fussenegger.  Photo credit: [Jim]/Flickr
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

First gene network operated by brainwaves

Scientists hope a thought-controlled implant might one day help combat neurological diseases, such as chronic headaches, back pain, and epilepsy.

Science Wire | Nov 10, 2014

Stunning video of twin waterspouts off Ligurian coast, Italy

The twin waterspouts appeared on November 6, 2014 over the sea during a thunderstorm.

Image via NASA/NOAA
Blogs | Nov 08, 2014

NASA quells rumor: Days of darkness in December? Of course not

Heard the rumor that “NASA says” Earth will experience several days of total darkness in December 2014? Not true, of course.

Hole-punch cloud image provided by Andrew Heymsfield.  Used with permission
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2014

Strange-looking hole-punch clouds are made by jets

It might look like a UFO – but it’s really a hole-punch cloud. A scientist talked with EarthSky about the connection between hole-punch clouds, jets and snowfall.

Arctic Tern in flight via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Nov 07, 2014

Which bird migrates the farthest?

Over its lifetime of about 25 years, an Arctic Tern can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

Nevada earthquake of November 4, 2014 took place in a sparsely populated region of the U.S.  No reports of damages or injuries.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2014

Nevada earthquake swarm continues

The swarm began on July 12 and has increased in intensity over the past several days.

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Science Wire | Nov 06, 2014

Video: Predator X, most powerful marine reptile ever

This deadly hunter had a skull twice the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex’s, and a bite force unmatched by anything in the Jurassic seas. Cool video!

Typhoon Nuri intense
Blogs | Nov 05, 2014

Extreme weather in North America likely, thanks to Typhoon Nuri

Typhoon Nuri in the Western Pacific will likely cause extreme weather for the Northern Pacific and parts of North America in the next 5-10 days.

Photo credit: Ben Orlove
Blogs | Nov 05, 2014

Bhutan’s glaciers and yak herds are shrinking

Anthropologist Ben Orlove reports from Bhutan. “Of the things that my colleagues and I hoped to see on our trek, only one was missing … ice.”

Image Credit: Terry Foote
Blogs | Nov 03, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Woodpeckers

These birds don’t need a hammer or a helmet to do some serious woodworking.

dino 2
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2014

The weird walk of a bizarre dinosaur

Computer animation of bizarre-looking dinosaur with unusually large forearms and features that seem cobbled together from other dinosaurs.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
FAQs | Nov 01, 2014

What’s the birthstone for November?

November’s birthstone, the topaz, was thought to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger.