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Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts, residents evacuated

Pico do Fogo is a shield volcano in the Cape Verde islands, off Africa’s west coast. After a 20-year quiet, it began erupting Sunday, causing hundreds to evacuate.

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Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Video: A year in the life of Earth’s CO2

Stunning visualization, based on an ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model, showing how carbon dioxide in our air travels around the globe.

Snowfall October 2014, via Rutgers Snow Lab
Blogs | Nov 21, 2014

Burning questions about winter cold

As the rest of Earth warms, debate continues on what’s causing the mid-latitude chill.

Buffalo, NY Nov. 19, 2014 via Scott Stranahan.
Blogs | Nov 20, 2014

Incredible lake-effect snow pounds Buffalo area, continuing today

Over five feet (1.5 meters) of snow fell just south of Buffalo, New York on November 18, 2014. A second round is forecast for today.

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Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Video: Could humans actually live on planet Mars?

Could we survive on Mars? The AsapSCIENCE guys address the question.

View larger | This diagram shows key differences between men and women in cardiovascular, immunologic, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, and behavioral adaptations to human spaceflight.
Image credit: NASA/NSBRI
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Men and women adapt differently to spaceflight

A study looks at differences in the ways that men and women’s bodies react to time spent in space.

"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

Dramatic attempt to land on a comet coming Wednesday

Rosetta spacecraft will do the equivalent of transferring an object from one speeding bullet to another, when it tries to place its Philae lander on its comet.

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Science Wire | Nov 10, 2014

Video: Astronauts put GoPro in floating water ball

Watch three astronauts aboard the ISS having fun with a GoPro and a floating ball of water.

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Science Wire | Nov 09, 2014

Bright fireball seen over San Antonio, Texas

Hundreds of sky watchers in Texas reported a bright meteor or fireball Saturday night. It was said to be greenish in color and to rival the brightness of the sun!

Inferred distribution of dark matter superimposed in purple over a Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster Abell 1689. Image via NASA, ESA, E. Jullo (JPL/LAM), P. Natarajan (Yale) & J-P. Kneib (LAM)
Science Wire | Nov 09, 2014

Curious about dark matter? Three scientists answer your questions

Why do you bet on axions or WIMPs?
If you find dark matter, what are the next steps?
Will we need a whole new “Dark Standard Model”?
What’s it like searching for something you may never find?

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.

Photo credit: Chris Ford/Flickr
Science Wire | Nov 05, 2014

Watch the pulse of New York City, measured in tweets

Scientists observe the daily heartbeat of different areas of New York City, through the lens of Twitter.

Image via Shutterstock
Blogs | Nov 04, 2014

Collect call from E.T. Do you accept the charges?

Odds are there’s intelligent life out there somewhere among the stars. Why haven’t we heard from an alien civilization? One viewpoint, in this article. What do YOU think?

Genes and proteins run biological clocks that help keep daily rhythms in synch.  Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Nov 03, 2014

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.

Clock image via Shutterstock
Blogs | Nov 01, 2014

Remember to set your clocks back on November 2, 2014

Remember to fall back by setting your clocks back one hour, as Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning.

Photo via Kurt Magoon on Flickr
Tonight | Oct 31, 2014

Halloween derived from ancient Celtic cross-quarter day

Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.

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Blogs | Oct 31, 2014

Ghost lights: Believe if you dare

In folklore, ghost lights were strange lights seen over swamps or bogs. But we’re more sophisticated today. Aren’t we?

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Science Wire | Oct 31, 2014

Why do we scream?

Despite our fascination with screams, science knows relatively little about them. The psychology of screams …

Transmission electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion. Image credit: Frederick Murphy / CDC.
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Ebola is at least 16 million years old, says study

Ebola’s first documented outbreak was in 1976. But the Ebola virus family has been around for 16 to 23 million years, says new research.

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Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Spectacular explosion at launch for Antares rocket

Watch the NASATV live broadcast of the catastrophic launch failure. The rocket was bound for the International Space Station, loaded with supplies.