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Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

View from space: Fires in US Pacific Northwest

Wildfire outbreaks have charred nearly 7 million acres this summer. Satellite view of several fires burning in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

Space weather threatens equatorial regions too

Damaging electric currents in space affect Earth’s equatorial region, not just the poles, according to new research.

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Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

Large 2015 Gulf of Mexico dead zone

Data from this year’s survey indicate that the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is above average in size, likely because of heavy rains in June.

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Science Wire | Aug 17, 2015

How to spot the International Space Station

Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. Here’s how you can spot it.

This is a still shot of the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology. Image credit: EarthByte Group, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, NSW 2015, Australia
Science Wire | Aug 14, 2015

First digital map of world ocean floor

Scientists have created a new digital map of Earth’s seafloor geology.

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Science Wire | Aug 12, 2015

Where lightning flashes most

According to satellite observations, more lightning happens over land than over the oceans, and more often closer to the equator. Check out this map.

A precariously balanced rock near Searchlight, Nevada. Fragile features such as this are easily toppled by shaking from strong earthquakes. Similar formations near California’s San Andreas Fault provide critical insights into the shaking and rupture patterns of past earthquakes. Photo credit: Nick Hinze / Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology
Science Wire | Aug 06, 2015

Why haven’t earthquakes toppled these balancing rocks?

Scientists say they’ve solved the riddle of why a collection of balancing rocks near the San Andreas fault has never been knocked over by earthquakes.

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Science Wire | Aug 05, 2015

El Niño conditions growing stronger

El Niño has strengthened in the past several months. Will this El Niño rival the event of 1997–98?

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Science Wire | Aug 03, 2015

What’s the birthstone for August?

August has two birthstones, peridot and sardonyx.

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Science Wire | Aug 03, 2015

US deserts wet until 8,200 years ago

Research suggests that around 8,200 years ago, the climate of the American West began transitioning from a lush landscape to the desert terrain we know today.