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Lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History holds casts of the jaws of Australopithecus deyiremeda, a new human ancestor from Ethiopia.  Photo: Laura Dempsey
Science Wire | May 28, 2015

New human ancestor found in Ethiopia

According to scientists who made the discovery, the find provides conclusive evidence that, millions of years ago, there was more than one human species.

String quartet at University of Minnesota’s School of Music performing “Planetary Bands, Warming World.”   Image via Ensia, University of Minnesota.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Video: Translating climate change to music

Imagine setting global warming to music. That’s what a student at University of Minnesota has done, basing his composition on actual temperature data since 1880.

Artist's conception of the Thirty Meter Telescope
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Hawaii governor says Thirty Meter Telescope has right to continue

$1.5-billion project halted last month, following demonstrations. Gov. David Ige said to continue, but that one-fourth of telescopes on Mauna Kea should be removed.

Water and buttermilk are being distributed in India, due to the deadly heat.  Image is a video still via CNN.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Heat wave kills 1,100 in India

A deadly heatwave has gripped India since April. The death toll has now risen to more than 1,100. Cooling monsoon rains are not expected for several more days.

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Science Wire | May 25, 2015

Most dramatic music video ever

Recorded live by the doom metal band Hamferð during the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun above the village of Kvívík in the Faroe Islands.

Crowd watches Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 1969
Blogs | This Date in Science | May 25, 2015

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.

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Science Wire | May 22, 2015

Scared of thunder and lightning? You have astraphobia

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

Orcas can leap!  Photo via Marinebio.org
Science Wire | May 21, 2015

Video: Paddle boarders meet orcas

Imagine you’re paddle-boarding, and an orca – killer whale – pops up on the ocean surface near you. Two amazing and beautiful videos, here.

Sonia Harmand at excavation site.
Science Wire | May 20, 2015

Oldest stone tools found in Kenya

The tools, whose makers may or may not have been some sort of human ancestor, date back to 3.3 million years ago.

Pavlof Volcano May 18, 2013 via ISS
Blogs | Photos | This Date in Science | May 18, 2015

This date in science: Dramatic space photos of Pavlof Volcano

As Pavlof Volcano poured out lava and ash, ISS astronauts managed to capture these seldom-seen oblique views of the volcano.

Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Do nano-sunscreens harm sea life?

Nano particles in sunscreens have been found to harm marine worms, crustaceans, algae, fish and mussels. A new study shows their negative effect on sea urchin embryos, too.

Rambo fires the red shutter release with a tentacle.
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

If you give an octopus a camera

… she’s going to want to take a picture. An octopus at a New Zealand aquarium trains a camera on visiting tourists.

Nothing goes faster than light. Image credit: Bastian Hoppe
Science Wire | May 11, 2015

Faster-than-light travel: Are we there yet?

There’s a cosmic speed limit that unfortunately means we won’t be firing up warp drive anytime soon.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
Science Wire | May 06, 2015

Atmospheric carbon dioxide hits record high

The global average concentration of the greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March for the first time since record-keeping began.

Is humanity now ‘too big for nature?’ Photo credit: Mark Klett
Science Wire | May 04, 2015

Preserving nature in the Age of Humans

Scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists grapple with what it means to ‘save nature’ in the Anthropocene.

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Science Wire | May 01, 2015

Man sings “If I only had a brain” during MRI

While he sings, watch what’s going on inside his head.

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Science Wire | May 01, 2015

Why do we celebrate May Day?

Happy May Day! A few words about this annual celebration, whose roots are in astronomy.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
Science Wire | May 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for May?

May’s birthstone, the emerald, is a type of beryl colored green by chromium. Perfect emeralds are among the rarest of gemstones.

Photo: Jennifer Khordi
Science Wire | Apr 30, 2015

Who loves rainbows?

April showers brought these rainbows. Enjoy these awesome photos from our friends!

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

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

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA

Share pics and video of your favorite places on Earth to social media with hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.