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Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

“We are sniffing methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera … All analysis tells the signs. We are in a [methane] mega flare.”

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Blogs | Jul 28, 2014

Pluto-bound New Horizons update

New Horizons – en route to Pluto – is currently out of hibernation for a series of engineering and navigation checks, which will continue until the end of August 2014.

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Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Nature’s roadblock to accurate seasonal hurricane forecasts

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

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Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

Photo credit: Curtis Beaird
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Sunflowers say summertime, yes?

Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
FAQs | Jul 20, 2014

What is a supermoon?

The year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. Next supermoon: August 10.

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Science Wire | Jul 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease slows when you exercise body and mind

Hard evidence that Alzheimer’s can be slowed by physical and mental exercise, a diet rich in plants, and by monitoring risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Photo credit: NASA
This Date in Science | Jul 17, 2014

This date in science: America and Russia meet in space

On July 17, 1975, a famous first handshake between nations in space.

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FAQs | Jul 16, 2014

Scared of thunder and lightning? You have astraphobia

Bam! Yikes! Do you – and your dog – have astraphobia?

Photo credit: Chloe Muro/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 15, 2014

Our friends tend to be genetically similar to us, says study

Are your friends like family? Maybe more than you know. Friends who aren’t biologically related may still resemble each other genetically.

Typhoon Rammasun on July 15 via NOAA
Blogs | Jul 15, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun is thrashing the Philippines

Rammasun, also called Glenda, intensified before making landfall earlier today. Typhoon status of 175 kph/110 mph expected as it passes very close to Manila.

Photo credit: Dominik/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 14, 2014

40 percent of captive African elephants are obese

Like in humans, excess fat in elephants can contribute to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility, say researchers.

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Science Wire | Jul 11, 2014

Dark skies of Utah timelapse

You’ll love this spectacular timelapse of the summer night sky over Utah.

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Science Wire | Jul 10, 2014

Bright meteor over Australia on July 10 was a rocket reentry

That bright meteor over Australia – seen by many – was likely the reentry of the upper state of a Soyuz rocket, launched two days earlier. Video here.

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This Date in Science | Jul 10, 2014

This date in science: First Telstar launch

Telstar was the first satellite able to relay television signals between Europe and North America. It launched on this date … and helped change the world.

Image Credit: Feuerrabe
Jul 09, 2014

Probiotics revisited: How – and if – they work

Stores are full of probiotic products, but are we any closer to understanding if and how they work?

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Science Wire | Jul 09, 2014

Why are fruit flies boarding the International Space Station?

They’re about to become genetic models for astronauts, to help explore the long-term effects of space flight and deep space travel.

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Science Wire | Jul 08, 2014

The 7 biggest myths about your brain

You only use 10% of your brain. You’re either left-brained or right-brained. Alcohol kills brain cells. Nah. All myths.

New record for youngest moon via Thierry Legault
FAQs | Jul 08, 2014

This date in science: New record for youngest moon

On this date a year ago, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.

"We now have a parts list of what makes us human," says Yale University's Mark Gerstein. "What we are doing is figuring out the wiring diagram of how it all works." Image Credit: Shutterstock
Science Wire | Jul 08, 2014

Shrinking human genome: New study says our genes number only 19,000

How many genes does it take to make a human? Fewer than we thought. A new estimate of 19,000 is far below initial estimates of 100,000 genes.

Super Typhoon Neoguri in false color on July 7, 2014
Blogs | Jul 08, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri pounds Japanese islands of Okinawa, heads on

Neoguri is still expected to make landfall near Kyushu, Japan on Wednesday evening according to U.S. clocks, early Thursday a.m. locally in Japan.