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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Study suggests 2014 ocean surface temps warmest on record

2014 is still on track to be the warmest year on record, and ocean surface temperatures appear to be rising as well.

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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

More lightning strikes in a warming world?

Rising temperatures could lead to a 50 percent increase in U.S. lightning strikes by the end of the century, says a new study.

Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

Slow motion disaster continues at Kilauea

On November 3, a federal disaster declaration was issued for the new lava flow at Kilauea. The lava has destroyed only one home … so far.

Birth of Surtsey in 1963 via NOAA.
Blogs | Nov 14, 2014

This date in science: Surtsey and the birth of new islands

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island was being born.

Northern Nevada, via Stanford.edu
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

Nevada earthquake swarm intensifies

Earthquake activity in northwest Nevada over the past week has been more than in previous months combined, says the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

"Being able to control gene expression via the power of thought is a dream that we've been chasing for over a decade," says Martin Fussenegger.  Photo credit: [Jim]/Flickr
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2014

First gene network operated by brainwaves

Scientists hope a thought-controlled implant might one day help combat neurological diseases, such as chronic headaches, back pain, and epilepsy.

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Science Wire | Nov 10, 2014

Stunning video of twin waterspouts off Ligurian coast, Italy

The twin waterspouts appeared on November 6, 2014 over the sea during a thunderstorm.

Image via NASA/NOAA
Blogs | Nov 08, 2014

NASA quells rumor: Days of darkness in December? Of course not

Heard the rumor that “NASA says” Earth will experience several days of total darkness in December 2014? Not true, of course.

Hole-punch cloud image provided by Andrew Heymsfield.  Used with permission
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2014

Strange-looking hole-punch clouds are made by jets

It might look like a UFO – but it’s really a hole-punch cloud. A scientist talked with EarthSky about the connection between hole-punch clouds, jets and snowfall.

Arctic Tern in flight via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Nov 07, 2014

Which bird migrates the farthest?

Over its lifetime of about 25 years, an Arctic Tern can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.