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Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Mar 27, 2015

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began a year ago. The next eclipse in this tetrad will take place on April 4, 2015.

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Science Wire | Mar 26, 2015

Super salamander nearly ate our ancestors

The thing that got us off the hook? A big hot interception 200 million years ago.

Photo credit: NASA
Science Wire | Mar 26, 2015

First one-year ISS crew to launch Friday

The goal of the mission is to find out how the human body responds to a prolonged stay in space. Watch the launch, watch the arrival.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 800 miles from the Noth Pole.  Image via Norway's Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
Science Wire | Mar 25, 2015

‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May

A new documentary film tracks the history and mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – sometimes called the Doomsday Vault – and its founder Cary Fowler.

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Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Highest and lowest points on Earth

Ever wonder how high the highest points on Earth are, in contrast to the deepest manmade boreholes and ocean trenches? Check out this fascinating infographic.

Very few people today live a true hunter-gatherer lifestyle – and Paleo diets likely oversimplify what would have been on the table many millennia ago. Photo credit: Thiery, CC BY-NC
Science Wire | Mar 23, 2015

Real Paleo Diet: early hominids ate just about everything

Hominids didn’t spread across Africa, and then the entire globe, by utilizing just one foraging strategy or sticking to a precise mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats

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Science Wire | Mar 22, 2015

EarthSky meets its first crowd-funding campaign goal in one day

Web users help support the popular science website, citing “the value and impact of science education,” “science and beauty” and “sharing the wonder” as reasons.

Photo by Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho
FAQs | Mar 17, 2015

When is the next supermoon?

The closest full supermoon will be in September, 2015. The next supermoon is a new moon, and it’ll cause a total eclipse of the sun!

Image via The Dragon
Blogs | Mar 17, 2015

A Chinese perspective on the spring equinox

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the direction east – the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day.

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This Date in Science | Mar 14, 2015

This date in science: Einstein’s birthday

While capping off the science of previous centuries, Albert Einstein changed our notions of space, time and matter … and launched modern physics.

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Science Wire | Mar 14, 2015

Why beware the Ides of March?

What are the Ides of March? We in modern times probably wouldn’t know, if it weren’t for William Shakespeare.

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Blogs | Mar 13, 2015

2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

March 13, 2015 is the second of three Friday the 13ths for 2015. Here’s the story behind why 2015 has three Friday the 13ths.

Photo credit: Frank Kovalchek/Flickr
Science Wire | Mar 12, 2015

Lack of snow forces Iditarod start north

Alaska’s famous Iditarod sled dog race traditionally runs from Anchorage to Nome. But this year, lack of snow forced a reroute and moved the kickoff 250 miles north.

Image credit: The Endocrine Society
Science Wire | Mar 10, 2015

This dog can smell cancer

This is Frankie, a German shepherd mix. He can sniff out thyroid cancer in patients’ urine samples with 88% accuracy, according to a new study.

Image credit: solarimpulse.com
Science Wire | Mar 09, 2015

Solar-powered plane begins first round-the-world flight

Swiss plane Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Muscat, Oman, the first stopover in the attempt to fly around the world powered by the sun alone. Follow the flight.

Via Wikimedia Commons.
Mar 07, 2015

How to survive Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time 2015 begins in the United States at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.

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Science Wire | Mar 04, 2015

We’re genetically more like our fathers

Look like your mother? Act like your mother? Maybe so, but a new study says we mammals are more genetically similar to our fathers.

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Science Wire | Mar 03, 2015

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?

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Science Wire | Mar 03, 2015

Clearest pictures ever of free-falling snowflakes

Research suggests that our iconic view of snowflakes as “perfect” isn’t true.

What better tribute?  Terry Virts in the International Space Station gives the vulcan salute.
Science Wire | Mar 02, 2015

Touching NASA tributes to Leonard Nimoy’s passing

Nimoy’s character Mr. Spock on Star Trek inspired generations of astronauts, space scientists and engineers, as well as space fans around the globe.

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Science Wire | Feb 27, 2015

What color is this dress?

Some say gold and some say blue. Here’s why you see what you see, from the guys at AsapSCIENCE.