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Blizzard poised to slam U.S. Northeast on Monday, January 26 via NOAA/NASA GOES
Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Powerful Nor’easter pounds US Northeast

Widespread winter storm conditions in northeastern U.S. New York not affected as strongly as expected, but strong effects farther north in Boston. Both cities come to a standstill.

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Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.

Photo via Biology - Block B
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 23, 2015

This date in science: Sweden goes first to ban aerosol sprays

What happened when scientists realized aerosol sprays were harming Earth’s ozone layer, plus … an update on the Antarctic ozone hole.

A triple transit of Jupiter's moons on October 12, 2013.  John Rozakis in Athens, Greece captured it.  Photo used with permission.  Thank you, John!
Science Wire | Jan 22, 2015

Friday night’s rare triple shadow transit of Jupiter

Three moon shadows at once on Jupiter Friday night! It won’t happen again for U.S. observers until the year 2032. You can also watch online.

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Science Wire | Jan 21, 2015

Video: The scientific power of meditation

Once you watch this video, you’ll understand why people have been practicing meditation for thousands of years.

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Science Wire | Jan 19, 2015

NASA’s sounds are now on SoundCloud

It’s very cool. Hear the sounds of space exploration history!

Lightning inside Tropical Storm via Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station.
Blogs | Jan 18, 2015

Electrifying view inside a cyclone from ISS

If you love extreme weather, outer space and photography, you’ll love this image of lightning inside Cyclone Bansi in the Indian Ocean, taken from ISS.

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Science Wire | Jan 17, 2015

2014 warmest year on record

NASA, NOAA, and Japan Meteorological Agency all report 2014 as Earth’s warmest year since modern-day record-keeping began in 1880.

Mawson, McKay and David on January 16, 1909.
This Date in Science | Jan 16, 2015

This date in science: Near discovery of South Magnetic Pole

Like all Antarctic journeys in the early 1900s, the search for magnetic south was grueling. The outcome was unclear, but the effort is still remembered today.

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Science Wire | Jan 15, 2015

Success! Two men complete historic climb at Yosemite’s El Capitan

Two Americans have become the first to free-climb Yosemite National Park’s Dawn Wall, which has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

Image via Ethan Siegel, Simon Swordy, NASA
FAQs | Jan 14, 2015

What is radiocarbon dating?

Unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12 at a steady rate. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s oldest inhabitants.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
Science Wire | Jan 13, 2015

NASA’s way cool retro posters for futuristic space travel

Making future travel plans .. with an emphasis on ‘future?’ Check out these exoplanet travel posters from NASA.

Image credit: Angus McNab/Julie McMahon
Science Wire | Jan 11, 2015

Dogs arrived in Americas only 10,000 years ago, says study

By associating with early humans, dogs enjoyed new foods and the relative safety of human camps. Eventually, dogs traveled the world with their two-legged masters.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Jan 09, 2015

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

Age of Aquarius begins when vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. There’s no definitive answer as to when that will be.

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Blogs | Jan 08, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 will ring in Year of the Sheep

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration for 2015 will fall on February 18-19. It’ll ring in the Year of the Sheep. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.

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Science Wire | Jan 07, 2015

Awesome new project Sounds of the Night

Project Nightflight in Austria has a new web platform, presenting not just astrophotos, but also the sounds they heard while capturing them. It’s wonderful.

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Science Wire | Jan 06, 2015

Video: Human population by the billions

When did our human population reach one billion? How long to add each billion after that, to bring us to the 7+ billion humans on Earth today? What’s next?

Expect high tides to follow a supermoon
FAQs | Jan 05, 2015

When is the next supermoon?

2015 has six supermoons. The closest on September 28 will also undergo a total lunar eclipse.

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Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 04, 2015

This date in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643. His insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.

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Science Wire | Jan 02, 2015

Planetary alignment January 4 will make us weigh less? Of course not

The idea we will all weigh less and even experience a floating sensation due to a planetary alignment on January 4, 2015 (#zeroday) is entirely false. Sigh.

Image Credit: Aldaron
FAQs | Jan 01, 2015

Why does the new year begin on January 1?

New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.