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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2015

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Greece

Two are reported dead in the 6.5-magnitude earthquake, which struck just off the western Greek island of Lefkada on the morning of November 17.

Birth of Surtsey in 1963 via NOAA.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2015

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.

A supervolcano is classed as more than 500 cubic kilometers of erupted magma volume.
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

What triggers supervolcano eruptions?

Supervolcanoes – massive eruptions with potential global consequences – don’t appear to follow the conventional volcano mechanics, say researchers.

Arctic Tern in flight via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Nov 13, 2015

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.

Blogs | Nov 10, 2015

Happy Diwali! Hindu festival of light

The Hindu festival of Diwali is November 11, 2015. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?

Hole-punch cloud image provided by Andrew Heymsfield.  Used with permission
Science Wire | Nov 10, 2015

Hole-punch clouds are made by jets

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

Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate change.

6.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on November 7, 2015.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Strong earthquake along coast of central Chile. Same approximate region as much more powerful quake, two months ago. No tsunami warning. No immediate reports of damage or injuries.

October 2015. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 06, 2015

El Niño already disrupting ocean food web

Scientists report the loss of phytoplankton – at the base of the ocean food web – from this year’s strong El Niño. It’s all part of a fascinating cycle of boom or bust for marine animals.

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Science Wire | Nov 05, 2015

What is El Niño?

A big El Niño is developing in 2015, say scientists. This NASA video explains El Niño and its impact on the marine food web.