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Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Blogs | Dec 20, 2014

Where does noon come only once a year, on the December solstice?

At the North and South Poles, sunrise comes at the spring equinox, noon at the summer solstice, sunset on the autumn equinox and midnight at the winter solstice.

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Science Wire | Dec 17, 2014

Video: 100 trillion microorganisms that live on and in you

There’s a unique collage of more than 100 trillion microorganisms living on and in you that are essential to your life and part of what makes you, well, you. It’s your microbiome.

Wilbur and Orville Wright.
This Date in Science | Dec 17, 2014

This date in science: Wright brothers’ first flight

Check out one of the world’s most famous early photos. It shows the Wright brothers and the first true airplane on December 17, 1903.

Still from Moonlight Skating by Göran Strand
Videos | Dec 11, 2014

Video: Moonlight skating in Sweden

“Nights like these are almost to good to be true.” See this touching, just-released video.

Blogs | Dec 11, 2014

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count starts December 14

Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count starts December 14 and runs through January 5. It’s free and anyone can participate, but you have to sign up in advance. Here’s how.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Howell
This Date in Science | Dec 10, 2014

This date in science: Birthday of inventor of Dewey Decimal system

Happy birthday, Melvil Dewey!

Dallas, Dec. 9, 2014, via Mike Alvstad
Blogs | Videos | Dec 09, 2014

Incredible video of dense fog over Dallas

Video capture by a drone of dense fog with zero visibility on Tuesday, December 9, in Dallas, Texas. Amazing visuals!

ISS, as captured by Dave Walker
Blogs | Dec 09, 2014

How to spot the International Space Station

Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. Here’s how you can spot it.

Photo credit: Stephen Williams/Flickr
Blogs | Dec 08, 2014

Killing rats to save birds as glaciers recede

Glacier melt means rats can reach bird nests on South Georgia, an island north of Antarctica and east of the Falklands. What to do? Send in helicopters!

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Science Wire | Dec 05, 2014

Video: We are dead stars

Every atom in our bodies was processed in the body of an ancient star.

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Science Wire | Dec 05, 2014

Is it better to be a night owl or an early bird?

Early birds versus night owls. Who wins the battle over bedtime? Let’s see what the guys at AsapSCIENCE have to say about this one. New video!

Image via NASA/NOAA
Blogs | Dec 01, 2014

Days of darkness this 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.

Science Wire | Nov 27, 2014

Does eating turkey really make you sleepy?

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

Photo credit: Brigham Young University
Science Wire | Nov 26, 2014

Another reason to be thankful for turkey

Be thankful for turkeys this Thanksgiving! An antibiotic to target staph infections and strep comes from good bacteria made inside turkeys, say researchers.

Image via FogoNews on Facebook.
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.

Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

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

Awesome 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.