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Micro changes have macro results. Image via Darryl Leja, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

The circadian rhythm of our microbes

Like most life on Earth, our gut microbes have their own circadian rhythm. Disrupting that daily routine can be bad – and keeping it in balance can be good – for whole body.

Hurricane Sandy 2012 via NASA

Hurricane risk to US northeast coast

Due to shifting weather patterns, the northeastern coast of the United Sates could see more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future, says new research.

Image via NOAA

2016-17 winter outlook for US

NOAA’s outlook for this winter predicts a warmer, drier South, and cooler, wetter North. Drought is expected to persist in California and expand in the Southeast.

Children's drawings typically show men as scientists.  Image via Universe Awareness (UNAWE) , a teaching programme at Leiden University provides activities for girls to increase their interest in science and technology.

Children depict scientists as men

In a recent study, when researchers asked children to draw a scientist, the children most often depicted a bald, middle-aged man in a white coat. More study results here.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this view of colorful stars in our Milky Way galaxy when it pointed its cameras towards the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. Image via IAU.

IAU approves 227 star names

The International Astronomical Union – which has given itself responsibility to name and define things in space – has now joined the rest of us in recognizing traditional star names.

Photo credit: Lotus Carroll/Flickr

Does eating turkey make you sleepy?

Many believe that turkey is high in tryptophan, which causes that drowsiness you feel after a big Thanksgiving meal. True?


GoPros go to edge of space

Photog Adventures sent its GoPros to space, captured some stunning views, and then lost the cameras for 15 days. Follow the adventure in this video.

Image via Norio NAKAYAMA/Flickr

Climate change affecting all life on Earth

A new analysis of hundreds of studies says that almost every aspect of life on Earth has been affected by climate change … and that’s not good news for humans.


What happens if the sun disappears?

Some things that would happen here on Earth if our giant source of heat and light were to vanish from the sky, and how long it would take.

Discoveries indicate mass fishing and therefore a semi-permanent settlement. Image via Arne Sjöström

An underwater Stone Age settlement

Researchers have now mapped a preserved underwater site off the coast of Sweden. They think it was a lagoon where Mesolithic humans lived during parts of the year.

A fog blanketed London in December 1952, killing as many as 12,000 people and puzzling researchers for decades. Image via Texas A&M University.

Team solves mystery of London killer fog

A fog blanketed London in December 1952, killing as many as 12,000 people. Its exact cause and nature puzzled researchers for decades … until now.

Early sunrise by Flickr user Raffee

2016 likely hottest year on record

It’ll be the hottest year on record unless the final weeks of 2016 are the coldest of the 21st century so far, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Asteroid collision, via the AIM mission.

100 scientists say yes to asteroid mission

Scientists have signed an open letter in support of increased knowledge of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), whose orbits carry them near Earth. You can sign it, too.


Super effect on us from a supermoon?

A supermoon’s pull of gravity creates higher-than-usual tides. But gravity doesn’t affect a human body as much as it does an ocean tide.

Carl Sagan via Dab's Magazine.

Today in science: Carl Sagan’s birthday

For many, Carl Sagan’s name was synonymous with astronomy. Today would have been his 82nd birthday.

Image via Patricia Evans

Hole-punch clouds are made by jets

Sometimes people report them as UFOs, but they’re called hole-punch clouds and they’re made by jets. The connection between hole-punch clouds, jets and snowfall.

Photo by Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho

What is a supermoon?

Are supermoons hype? In our opinion … no, just modern folklore. And they cause real physical effects, such as larger-than-usual tides.

Comet Halley, photographed in 1986, via NASA.

Today in science: Edmond Halley

He’s the astronomer for whom Halley’s Comet is named. It was the first comet ever predicted to return.

Spring forward, fall back … why? Image via Shutterstock.com

Daylight saving time worth the trouble?

Who benefits from the time change? A scientist on why DST is more burden than boon.

Wayne Boyd shared his photo of the ISS passing over Marstons Mills, Massachusetts on November 4, 2016.  Thanks Wayne!

How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.