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Crowd watches Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 1969
Blogs | This Date in Science | May 25, 2016

This date in science: Kennedy ignites dreams of moon

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a stirring speech to a joint session of Congress declaring his intention to land humans on the moon with a decade.

Nile crocodile. Nile crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus, were responsible for at least 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa between 2010 and 2014. Image © mariswanepoel / Fotolia
Science Wire | May 23, 2016

Man-eating crocodiles captured in Florida

Monster Nile crocodiles might be Florida’s newest invasive species.

Detail from a portrait of a young woman - from a fresco from Pompeii - thought to be Sappho. Via Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples) via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | May 18, 2016

Pleiades setting through Sappho’s eyes

Sappho, a renowned poet of ancient Greece, wrote of the Pleiades star cluster setting at midnight. Scientists have wondered, what time of year did she see it?

Don't try this at home: Researchers study tornadoes from a safe distance.  Image via Josh Wurman, CSWR
Science Wire | May 17, 2016

Top 4 questions about tornadoes

May is the peak month for twisters here in the U.S.

Scared of Friday the 13th? An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named). Image via Kelli Marshall
Science Wire | May 13, 2016

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia?

May 13 is 2016’s lone Friday the 13th. Here’s the story behind Friday the 13th superstition and numerology.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2. The spacecraft delivered about 7,000 pounds of science and research investigations on April 10, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | May 10, 2016

Watch SpaceX Dragon depart ISS May 11

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, carrying valuable science research, will depart from the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth. Watch it live.

Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.
Blogs | Photos | May 04, 2016

How to shoot photos of meteors, or shooting stars

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Photo credit: James Jordan
Science Wire | May 04, 2016

Top 3 tips to avoid mosquito bites

Simple things you can do to get fewer mosquito bites this summer.

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Science Wire | Apr 30, 2016

Did human limbs evolve from shark gills?

The Sonic Hedgehog gene drives embryonic development of mammal limbs and shark gills. Could our limbs have evolved from gills?

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2016

Did Earth’s magnetic field collapse for 2 hours on April 23?

No, Earth’s magnetic field did not collapse for 2 hours on April 23. The erroneous story, which is still spreading, originated with a glitch in a computer simulation.

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Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Watch NASA build James Webb Space Telescope

The JWST mirror covers off for a few days this week, and webcams are set up at Goddard Space Flight Center. Watch!

Health effects of the Chernobyl disaster are still felt 30 years on. Photo credit: Garanich/Reuters
Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Chernobyl worst nuclear accident of all time

The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. It was far worse than the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 25, 2016

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

It’s their active season. Here are 10 things to know about these venomous spiders that like to live where we do.

Montauk Point lighthouse. Photo: Neeti Kumthekar
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2016

What are star trails? How can I capture them?

As Earth spins under the sky, the stars appear to move. When a camera captures that movement, that’s called a star trail. Plus … an astrophotographer explains how he does it.

First Earth Day 1970
Science Wire | Apr 22, 2016

Why is Earth Day on April 22?

April 22, 1970 – Arbor Day – was the first Earth Day. Today, a common practice in celebration of Earth Day is still to plant new trees.

Photo credit: Smithsonian
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

Lots of non-humans – octopuses, crows, monkeys, machines – are intelligent. Could some also be conscious?

This green moon photo was created via photo processing, and is via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Green moon on April 20, 2016? Not true

No, there won’t be a green moon on April 20, 2016 … or on May 29. Some possible origins of this latest urban legend.

7.0 earthquake in Japan on April 15, 2016.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Powerful earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Japan was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on April 15, 2016. One day later, on April 16, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Image credit: Yining Karl Li
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Top 6 things about gravity

Gravity does far more than make things fall down. It governs the motion of planets around the sun, holds galaxies together and determines the structure of the universe.

Bottlenose dolphins have been dying in record numbers in their mothers' womb or shortly after birth in areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Apr 12, 2016

Gulf of Mexico dolphin deaths likely due to oil exposure

Study finds higher rate of illness and death in newborns and juvenile bottlenose dolphins after Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Airplane glory via Brocken Inaglory at Wikipedia
FAQs | Apr 12, 2016

What is a glory?

People traveling in airplanes often see glories. The sun has to be behind your head. You’ll see the plane’s shadow cast on a cloud, surrounded by a halo of light.