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Science Wire | Mar 03, 2015

Clearest pictures ever of free-falling snowflakes

A new camera has shown that our iconic view of snowflakes as perfectly symmetrical isn’t correct. This camera is now being designed to help keep winter travelers safer.

Image Credit: Gunnar Ries
FAQs | Mar 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for March?

March has two birthstones – the aquamarine and the bloodstone.

View larger. | Slushy waves on a Nantucket beach, February 20, 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Nimerfrosh.
Science Wire | Feb 28, 2015

Slushy wave off coast of Nantucket

Sure, the ocean freezes. But this photo of partly frozen waves – caught by photographer and surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh – fascinated even the experts.

Dolphin stampede via Dolphin Safari
Blogs | Videos | Feb 26, 2015

Beautiful video: Dolphin stampede and whales

Thousands of dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three whales migrating near San Clemente, plus a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling with its mom.

Spirit Lake, Idaho. Photo credit: Donny Mott
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Chinese rocket breaks up in northern lights

Lucky observers in western North America saw bright lights streaking in the sky Monday night – the disintegration of a Chinese rocket body. Photo and videos here!

Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Saharan dust feeds Amazon rainforest, perfectly

Phosphorus carried in Saharan dust to the Amazon rainforest each year turns out to be just enough to replace that lost from the rainforest due to rain and flooding.

Buddhist statue with mummy inside
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Buddhist statue has a mummy inside

The mummy inside this statue – which was found in China – appears to be a man 30 to 50 years old. He was apparently buried alive inside a chamber while meditating.

Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?

As we journey around the galaxy, our solar system might regularly interact with dark matter, which might dislodge Oort cloud comets and boost heat in Earth’s core.

Lenticular cloud, by Chris Walker, 2008
Science Wire | Feb 23, 2015

Lenticular clouds look like UFOs

These lens-shaped clouds are often mistaken for UFOs. Here’s how they form, plus gorgeous photos and a video.

Image credit: NASA
Blogs | Feb 21, 2015

High risk for future U.S. megadroughts

The U.S. Southwest and Central Plains are at high risk for a megadrought later this century if greenhouse gas concentrations continue to rise, says a new study.

Science Wire | Feb 21, 2015

Filmmakers look to world’s loneliest whale

The whale sings in a sound frequency that is so unusual, no other whales will respond. Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier want to find it, and make a film about it.

View larger. |Image credit: NPS Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division
Science Wire | Feb 19, 2015

Map shows loudest, quietest places in U.S.

A new map created by the National Parks Service. Dark blue areas are the most quiet, light yellow are the loudest. Have a look.

Acquired February 15, 2015. Image credit: NASA/NOAA
Science Wire | Feb 18, 2015

Comma-like shape of February nor’easter

Satellite view of February 14-15 blizzard that hit the U.S northeast. As of February 17, Boston snow was deeper than in all but two locations in Alaska.

Blogs | Feb 16, 2015

Lifeform of the week: Armadillos

From the pink fairy to the screaming hairy, armadillos are a most peculiar mammal.

Science Wire | Feb 15, 2015

Oldest albatross Wisdom lost her egg

Wisdom – world’s oldest known, banded, wild bird at an estimated age of 63 – laid a new egg in late 2014. Now nature reminds us that life and death go hand in hand.

Photo credit: David Dickson
Science Wire | Feb 15, 2015

Incredible! Watch great blue heron swallow huge fish

You may have seen a snake swallow a big animal, but have you ever seen a bird do it?

Image Credit: EverJean
Blogs | Feb 14, 2015

Lifeform of the week: From cacao tree to chocolate valentine

Nothing says “I love you” like roasted and pulverized cacao beans, better known as chocolate.

Blogs | Feb 12, 2015

The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count starts February 13

This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 13 to February 16. It’s free and easy to participate. Find out how here.

Launch of SDO in 2010 via NASA/A. Koslosky
Blogs | This Date in Science | Videos | Feb 11, 2015

This date in science: When a spacecraft destroyed a sundog

Coolest space launch ever! Watch what happened when a spacecraft launch destroyed a sundog, in the process bringing to light a new form of ice halo.

Image credit: Elenarts/Shutterstock.com
Science Wire | Feb 11, 2015

Dinosaurs on LSD?

A hallucinogenic fungus, perfectly preserved in amber, suggests that the fungus, the grasses it lived on, and grass-eating dinosaurs co-existed for millions of years.

Science Wire | Feb 10, 2015

DSCOVR launch rescheduled for Wednesday

Following launch scrubs on Sunday and again today, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) now is scheduled to launch at 6:05 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 11.