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Science Wire | Mar 16, 2015

1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year

A global effort to create a consolidated inventory of all existing sea life announced the results of eight years of work.

View larger | Three-dimensional perspective view of the likelihood that each region of California will experience a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years (6.7 matches the magnitude of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and 30 years is the typical duration of a homeowner mortgage). Image credit: USGS
Science Wire | Mar 16, 2015

New California earthquake forecast

A new long-term earthquake forecast for California by the U.S. Geological Survey revises estimates for the chances of large earthquakes over the next several decades.

Blogs | Mar 15, 2015

El Niño has arrived, says NOAA

After months of anticipation, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center finally issued an El Niño advisory on March 5. How will it affect your weather?

B1 - famous Yamal hole in 30 kilometres from Bovanenkovo, spotted in 2014 by helicopter pilots. Pictures: Marya Zulinova, Yamal regional government's press service, via Siberian Times
Science Wire | Mar 13, 2015

New explanation for Siberia’s mystery craters

More new mystery craters reported in Russian media last month. A Russian scientist calls for “urgent investigation.” Other scientists suggest a new cause.

Photo credit: Frank Kovalchek/Flickr
Science Wire | Mar 12, 2015

Lack of snow forces Iditarod start north

Alaska’s famous Iditarod sled dog race traditionally runs from Anchorage to Nome. But this year, lack of snow forced a reroute and moved the kickoff 250 miles north.

Photo credit: Mike Keeling/Flickr
Science Wire | Mar 11, 2015

Video: Cockroaches have personalities

Some are brave and some are shy.

Image credit: The Endocrine Society
Science Wire | Mar 10, 2015

This dog can smell cancer

This is Frankie, a German shepherd mix. He can sniff out thyroid cancer in patients’ urine samples with 88% accuracy, according to a new study.

Image credit: solarimpulse.com
Science Wire | Mar 09, 2015

Solar-powered plane begins first round-the-world flight

Swiss plane Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Muscat, Oman, the first stopover in the attempt to fly around the world powered by the sun alone. Follow the flight.

Blogs | Mar 09, 2015

Good news! Young tortoises spotted on Galapagos island

Tortoise hatchlings spotted on the island of Pinzón last year are the first to have survived there in more than a century. Thanks to conservation efforts, tortoises are making a comeback.

Freezing rain in Kentucky. Image Credit: NWS/NOAA
Blogs | Mar 06, 2015

The science of freezing rain

The phenomenon of freezing rain: What causes the dangerous winter weather element that can paralyze cities.