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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.

From infographic Hottest and Coldest places by GB Energy Supply.
Science Wire | May 13, 2015

World’s hottest and coldest places

From California’s Death Valley to China’s Flaming Mountains of Xinjiang … the world’s hottest places. And coldest places! New infographic by GB Energy Supply.

Science Wire | May 12, 2015

Space data protect whales from ships

A new tool tracks the locations of whales along the U.S. west coast, in order to decrease the chances of whales colliding with ships or getting tangled in fishing gear.

Belts of earthquakes (yellow) surround the Indo-Australian plate. Image credit: Mike Sandiford
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

The science behind Nepal earthquakes

Nepal sits on the boundary of the two massive tectonic plates that collided to build the Himalayas. Their ongoing convergence also means earthquakes.

Map via @meschultz1010 on Twitter.
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

Today’s earthquake comes less than two weeks after a 7.9-magnitude quake left more than 8,000 dead and 18,000 injured there.

Rambo fires the red shutter release with a tentacle.
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

If you give an octopus a camera

… she’s going to want to take a picture. An octopus at a New Zealand aquarium trains a camera on visiting tourists.

Image via Shutterstock
Science Wire | May 09, 2015

Asteroids and comets seed exoplanets with water

Earth’s water likely came from asteroids and/or comets. New research suggests that small bodies in distant solar systems carry water to their planets, too.

By Göran Strand. Used with permission
Blogs | FAQs | Photos | May 08, 2015

What makes a red rainbow?

Red rainbows happen when the sun is on the horizon. They’re created in much the same process that causes a sunset or sunrise to look red.