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Science Wire | Apr 03, 2014

Why do zebras have stripes? To keep bugs off, says study

Researchers say they’ve solved the riddle of why zebras have stripes: The stripes act like insect repellant, keeping away blood-sucking flies, say researchers.

7.6-magnitude earthquake April 3, 2014
Blogs | Apr 03, 2014

Another powerful earthquake rocks northern Chile

For the second time in two days, a powerful earthquake has struck Chile. Today’s quake was 7.6 magnitude. It’s considered an aftershock of the 8.2-magnitude quake on April 1.

Tsunami travel times
Science Wire | Apr 03, 2014

Video: April 1 tsunami moving across Pacific

Near real-time animation of the tsunami that resulted from the April 1 earthquake off northern Chile. Amazing to see the waves move across the Pacific

Location of the 8.0 Earthquake on April 1, 2014. Image Credit: USGS
Blogs | Apr 01, 2014

Tsunami warning issued after 8.2 quake in Chile

A 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Peru. Tsunami warnings have been issued for Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.

Clepsydra Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
Science Wire | Apr 01, 2014

Will the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt in your lifetime?

The supervolcano under Yellowstone Park is one of the biggest in the world. When will it erupt again? This NFS scientist doesn’t think it’ll happen anytime soon.

Image Credit: NASA
Science Wire | Apr 01, 2014

Are microbes responsible for Earth’s largest mass extinction?

Around 250 million years ago, 90 percent of Earth’s life was wiped out. The cause, new research suggests, wasn’t asteroids, or volcanoes, but methane-spewing microbes.

FAQs | Apr 01, 2014

What’s the birthstone for April?

April’s birthstone, the diamond, is a symbol of enduring love.

Science Wire | Mar 31, 2014

Climate change effects already seen on all continents, all oceans

An IPCC report, issued today, says that climate change has already affected agriculture, human health, water supplies, and people’s livelihoods, from the tropics to the poles, from the wealthiest countries to the poorest.

Cyclone Hellen on Mar. 29, 2014 via NASA
Blogs | Mar 31, 2014

Tropical Cyclone Hellen crushing parts of Madagascar

Meteorologists said Hellen was likely to be “one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever seen over the northern channel [of the southwestern India Ocean] since the satellite era (1967).”

March 30, 2014 earthquake in Yellowstone
Blogs | Mar 30, 2014

4.8-magnitude earthquake in Yellowstone Park on March 30

Yellowstone National Park is above a hotspot below the crust of the Earth. Its hot springs and geysers make it a popular tourist attraction. It is also riddled with fault lines …