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Image taken from the Aqua satellite on May 9, 2016.
Science Wire | May 10, 2016

Smoke from Canada’s wildfires in clouds

Wildfires are currently burning across a large expanse of Canada. This image from the Aqua satellite shows wildfire smoke trapped in the clouds.

Life-sized sculpture depicting how a baby Rapetosaurus might have looked in real life.  Aw! Image via Kristi Curry Rogers.
Science Wire | May 10, 2016

Baby dino was self-reliant mini-me

But, in the case of the fossil bones examined in this new study, the baby dinosaur lived only weeks, apparently dying of starvation.

Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption as viewed from the air. Read more about this photo from www.oregonlive.com
Science Wire | May 07, 2016

Earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens

Earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March at the Pacific Northwest volcano Mount St. Helens. The cause is probably new magma, rising upward.

Photo credit:  Shutterstock / Peter Leahy
Science Wire | May 06, 2016

Study: Widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s

These scientists said that, as our warming climate saps the ocean of oxygen, marine life like fish, crabs, squid, and sea stars could be left struggling to breathe.

Rendering of bacterium. The Earth Microbiome Project -- a global multidisciplinary project to identify microscope organisms -- has so far cataloged less than 10 million species of the estimated one trillion living on Earth. Image credit: © decade3d / Fotolia
Science Wire | May 03, 2016

Earth might be home to a trillion species

Largest-ever analysis of microbial data concludes that 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.

Hydrothermal system at the Danakil Depression. The yellow deposits are a variety of sulphates and the red areas are deposits of iron oxides. Copper salts colour the water green. Image credit: Felipe Gomez/Europlanet 2020 RI
Science Wire | May 02, 2016

Inhospitable Danakil Depression hosts extreme life

It’s below sea level, with near-boiling water bubbling up from underground, high salt concentrations and toxic vapor. Yet life survives here.

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Science Wire | Apr 30, 2016

Did human limbs evolve from shark gills?

The Sonic Hedgehog gene drives embryonic development of mammal limbs and shark gills. Could our limbs have evolved from gills?

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2016

Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

No, Earth’s magnetic field did not collapse for 2 hours on April 23. The erroneous story, which is still spreading, originated with a glitch in a computer simulation.

Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2016

Does this jellyfish look like a spaceship, or what?

Video of a spectacular jellyfish that floated past NOAA’s ROV on April 24, 2016 in the Mariana Trench – the deepest oceanic trench on the planet.

Blogs | FAQs | Photos | Apr 27, 2016

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.