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Today in science: Kennedy’s moon speech

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

Scientists track major freshwater change

‘What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change,’ they said. Over 14 years, Earth’s wet land areas got wetter. Dry areas got drier. They also reported multiple hot spots resulting from groundwater depletion.

A case against killing spiders

An entomologist explains why it’s a good idea to be nice to the spiders you encounter and consider a live-and-let-live policy.

Top tips for poison ivy

Summer is a great time to frolic in the woods, but look out for poison ivy, oak, and sumac! Top tips for summer itch-prevention.

Scientists measure rise in ozone-destroying chemical

Report on CFC-11 – an illegal chemical responsible for ozone-depletion in Earth’s atmosphere – now apparently on an upswing again. Meanwhile, new direct evidence the ban on CFCs is working and the ozone hole is recovering.

How do hurricanes get their names?

The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. Here are the hurricane names for the 2018 season.

Wall-E and Eva set record, snag pic

The 1st-ever interplanetary CubeSats – nicknamed Wall-E and Eva – are now on their way to Mars. They set a new CubeSat distance record on May 8. Then Wall-E turned back and grabbed an image of the Earth and moon.

What is peer review?

We’ve all heard of peer review. It gives credence to research and scholarly papers. But what does it mean? How does it work?

When does Ramadan begin in 2018?

The moon is new today. Earliest sightings of a young crescent in the west after sunset mark the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Will anyone on Earth be able to see the moon on this Tuesday evening with the eye alone? Possibly.

European Space Agency considers 3 new mission concepts

ESA considers a high-energy survey of the early universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter.

The Female Bird Song Project

There’s a false notion that female birdsong is rare in comparison to male birdsong. But lady birds sing, too. You can participate in a new project that aims to collect more recordings of female birds.

Will Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano explode?

Volcano scientists issued a second Orange Alert on Wednesday. “At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue.”

Here’s why volcanoes are so dangerous

When mountains explode … lava flows and fountains … getting ready for the next eruption.

Astronomers report success with machine deep learning

Deep learning is a form of artificial intelligence. In 2 unrelated studies, astronomers report “surprising” success using it to perform research that’s hard or impossible otherwise.

Help NASA create the world’s largest landslide database

NASA researchers have launched a citizen science project requesting your reports on landslides you’ve seen, heard about in the news, or found in an online database. Photos welcome!

What causes landslides?

Most landslides are caused by multiple factors that act together to destabilize the slope. Excessive water is one of the most common triggers for landslides.

Hear the Milky Way Blues

Listen to the sound of our galaxy rotating. The variation of musical pitches portrays the motion of gas as it orbits around the center of our galaxy.

Insight Mars is on its way

The Insight Mars lander is due to set down on Mars’ surface in November, 2018.

Wall-E and Eva are going to Mars, too

Riding along with the InSight Mars mission, the 2 briefcase-sized CubeSats are designed to demonstrate nearly real-time communications between worlds.

Does Stephen Hawking’s final theory tame the multiverse?

“I have never been a fan of the multiverse. If the scale of different universes in the multiverse is large or infinite the theory can’t be tested.”