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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.

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Blogs | May 18, 2015

This date in science: Cataclysmic eruption at Mount St. Helens

The May 18, 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens was one of the most destructive volcanic events ever recorded in the history of the United States.

Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Do nano-sunscreens harm sea life?

Nano particles in sunscreens have been found to harm marine worms, crustaceans, algae, fish and mussels. A new study shows their negative effect on sea urchin embryos, too.

Great white, via sharkfacts.com
Science Wire | May 14, 2015

Shark finning is brutal and sad

Startling infographic about the cruel practice of shark finning, and a word about overfishing from an expert.

Mammatus clouds via Pam Rice Phillips
Blogs | Photos | May 14, 2015

You’ve got to see these mammatus clouds

Contrary to myth, these clouds don’t continue extending downward to form tornados. But it’s true they can appear around, before or after a storm.

Acquired September 14, 1966.  Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | May 14, 2015

The mystery of India’s rapid drift

India got a geologic boost that accelerated its drift toward Eurasia 80 million years ago, researchers suggest. The speed of the resulting impact created the Himalayas.