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This is a new and expanded view of the tree of life, with clusters of bacteria (left), uncultivable bacteria called 'candidate phyla radiation' (center, purple) and, at lower right, the Archaea and eukaryotes (green), including humans. Image credit: Graphic by Zosia Rostomian, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Science Wire | Apr 19, 2016

New tree of life doesn’t look as you’d imagine

The tree of life, which depicts how life has evolved and diversified on the planet, is getting a lot more complicated.

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Science Wire | Apr 19, 2016

Popocatépetl volcano hurls rock and fire

Awesome videos showing the fiery eruption of Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano, which began Monday morning.

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Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Eastern monarch butterflies at risk of extinction, scientists say

Populations of the charismatic orange and black monarch butterfly have plummeted. Will they be extinct in 20 years?

Photo credit: Smithsonian
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

Lots of non-humans – octopuses, crows, monkeys, machines – are intelligent. Could some also be conscious?

7.0 earthquake in Japan on April 15, 2016.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Powerful earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Japan was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on April 15, 2016. One day later, on April 16, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Image credit: Yining Karl Li
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Top 6 things about gravity

Gravity does far more than make things fall down. It governs the motion of planets around the sun, holds galaxies together and determines the structure of the universe.

The face of a trap-jaw spider, a male, aka Chilarchaea quellon. The long chelicerae are highly maneuverable mouth parts, evolved to rapidly snap prey like a mousetrap. Image via Hannah Wood, Smithsonian.
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Spiders with super-fast mousetrap mouths

In the forests of South America and New Zealand, trap-jaw spiders have mouths clamp down on their quarry like a mousetrap, at lightning speeds.

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Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

See Death Valley’s 2016 superbloom

This new and wonderful video from SkyGlowProject.com will let you experience the 2016 superbloom of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park.

Photo Credit: wili hybrid
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

What gives rainbows their curved shape?

A rainbow isn’t a flat two-dimensional image on the dome of sky. It’s more like a mosaic, composed of many separate bits … in three dimensions.

April 7, 2016. Culpeper, Virginia. Photo: Janet Furlong.
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Rainbows around the world

Images of rainbows from all over the world taken by EarthSky’s Facebook friends. Beautiful!