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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.

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Blogs | Feb 16, 2015

Lifeform of the week: Armadillos

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Magma from undersea eruptions congealed into forms known as pillow basalts on the Juan De Fuca Ridge, off the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A new study shows such eruptions wax and wane on regular schedules. Image credit: Deborah Kelley/University of Washington
Science Wire | Feb 10, 2015

Do pulses from seafloor volcanoes trigger climate swings?

Volcanoes on the ocean floor flare up on regular cycles – lasting from two weeks to 100,000 years. Do they help produce suddenly seesawing hot and cold periods?