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Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Global warming makes California drought worse

A new study suggests that natural forces are behind California’s drought, but that global warming has contributed 8-27% to the drought’s severity.

Land and ocean temperature percentiles July 2015. View larger. |  Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Aug 21, 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded

Last month’s average global temperature was the all-time highest monthly temperature since record-keeping began in 1880.

Artist’s impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star. Similar objects in the solar system likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth and represent the building blocks of the terrestrial planets. Image credit: Mark A. Garlick / University of Warwick
Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

No asteroid threatening Earth in September

Despite rumors, no asteroid threatens Earth. All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of hitting Earth in the next 100 years, says NASA.

Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

Why do volcanoes erupt?

Volcanoes are channels that transfer molten rock from Earth’s crust to the surface. Here’s why eruptions happen.

August 16, 2015. View larger. |  Image credit: NASA
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.

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.

Credit: NOAA
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.

ISS, as captured by Dave Walker
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.

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.