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Science Wire | Oct 15, 2014

San Francisco Bay area overdue for a big quake

Four urban sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California have stored enough energy to produce major earthquakes, according to a new study.

Videos | Oct 15, 2014

This hummingbird video will melt your heart

Hummingbirds playing in a fountain. Toward the end, listen for the little clicks and chirps.

Photo credit: Martin Heigan
Science Wire | Oct 14, 2014

Crocodiles work as a team to hunt their prey

Crocs are able to conduct highly organized game drives. They might be second only to humans in their hunting prowess, says a researcher.

Photo credit: Rghrouse/Flickr
Science Wire | Oct 14, 2014

Massive icebergs once drifted to Florida

New research suggests that during Earth’s last ice age – about 21,000 years ago – icebergs regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida.

Image Credit: Steve Garvie
Blogs | Oct 13, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Owls

In fact and in fiction, owls have always turned heads.

Image courtesy Tim Haynes
Science Wire | Oct 10, 2014

Why does the sun look red at sunset?

As the sun sets, it looks redder and redder as it gets closer to the horizon. Sometimes you can see a gradation of color a across the sun’s surface. Why does this happen?

Super Typhoon Vongfong near its peak intensity. Image Credit: VIIRS Infrared Imagery/NOAA
Blogs | Oct 10, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong approaching Okinawa

Typhoon Vongfong will push into Okinawa later today (October 10, 2014) as a Category 2 or 3 storm with winds greater than 100 mph.

Science Wire | Oct 09, 2014

This small hot spot produces largest U.S. methane concentration

Satellite data show that one small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest produces the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States.

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Science Wire | Oct 09, 2014

Video: How can sea ice be melting at one pole and increasing at the other?

If global warming is real, shouldn’t sea ice be declining at both of Earth’s poles? Here’s an explanation of what’s happening – in under two minutes.

Earthquake Oct. 8, 2014
Science Wire | Oct 09, 2014

6.8-magnitude earthquake in South Pacific

Powerful earthquake in the S. Pacific last night. No Pacific-wide tsunami warning, and only a small tsunami wave at Easter Island. No injuries or damages.