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Blue hour by Daniel McVey
FAQs | Photos | Aug 21, 2014

What is the blue hour?

The blue hour – when the sun is some distance below the horizon, when the sky is deep blue and the landscape is suffused with bluish light – is a good time to take photos.

Portland, Maine on Aug. 13, 2014 via Kevin Burns
Blogs | Aug 20, 2014

Unusual precipitation patterns in the U.S.

Some extreme rainfall events of August 2014. Extreme rainfall in the context of urban sprawl.

Image Credit: Lebrac
Blogs | Aug 19, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Brain mushroom

The brain mushroom is that rare species with the distinction of being both edible and poisonous.

This is a reconstruction of the Burgess Shale animal Hallucigenia sparsa. Image credit: Elyssa Rider
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Bizarre-looking fossil has finally been identified

This strange fossil – a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head that’s difficult to distinguish from its tail – has been linked with a group of modern velvet worms.

This is not Baroarbunga, but it's what a volcano that's spewing a lot of ash into the atmosphere looks like.  Image via Aviation Safety Institute
Blogs | Aug 18, 2014

The risk of an exploding glacier is heating up in Iceland

Icelandic Meteorology Office closely monitoring Bárðarbunga, a volcano more than 2,000 meters in elevation, located beneath the country’s largest glacier. Aviation code now back down to orange.

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Blogs | Aug 18, 2014

2014 Gulf of Mexico dead zone has grown to 5,052 square miles

Scientists head out to the Gulf of Mexico every summer to measure the size of the dead zone—an area with oxygen levels that are too low to support most marine life.

Photo credit: Mike Quinn
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2014

How to see a green flash

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics.

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Science Wire | Aug 13, 2014

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch explained

In light of the sheer physical enormity of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the complexity of its causes, what can we possibility do about it?

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Science Wire | Aug 13, 2014

Video: It’s giant panda triplets!

They are the world’s only known surviving set of giant panda triplets, born at a zoo in southern China. All three are adorable … and expected to survive.

By Göran Strand. Used with permission
Blogs | FAQs | Photos | Aug 12, 2014

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.