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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.

Dolphin stampede via Dolphin Safari
Blogs | Videos | Feb 26, 2015

Beautiful video: Dolphin stampede and whales

Thousands of dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three whales migrating near San Clemente, plus a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling with its mom.

Buddhist statue with mummy inside
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Buddhist statue has a mummy inside

The mummy inside this statue – which was found in China – appears to be a man 30 to 50 years old. He was apparently buried alive inside a chamber while meditating.

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Science Wire | Feb 23, 2015

Can you be scared to death?

Short answer: Yes, it’s possible. Newest video by the AsapSCIENCE guys.

Earth and moon via NASA
Blogs | Feb 23, 2015

When is the next leap year?

No leap year in 2015. The next leap day will be February 29, 2016. The reason for leap years explained here.

Science Wire | Feb 21, 2015

Filmmakers look to world’s loneliest whale

The whale sings in a sound frequency that is so unusual, no other whales will respond. Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier want to find it, and make a film about it.

Breaking through the crystal spheres
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 19, 2015

This date in science: Happy birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus

Copernicus broke open the medieval idea of an enclosed, Earth-centered universe. He set the stage for all of modern astronomy.

Blogs | Feb 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

This year’s Chinese New Year – February 18-19 – rings in the Year of the Sheep (Goat, Ram). Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.

Adrienne Haschke.  Used with permission.
Blogs | Feb 14, 2015

For you, Valentine: Top 10 reasons we fall in love

On this Valentine’s Day 2015, what the world of science suggests about the mystery we call love.

Science Wire | Feb 14, 2015

Video: The science of kissing

Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Lawrence Crespo
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 13, 2015

This date in science: Chuck Yeager’s birthday

On February 13, 1923, Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, was born in Myra, West Virginia.

Launch of SDO in 2010 via NASA/A. Koslosky
Blogs | This Date in Science | Videos | Feb 11, 2015

This date in science: When a spacecraft destroyed a sundog

Coolest space launch ever! Watch what happened when a spacecraft launch destroyed a sundog, in the process bringing to light a new form of ice halo.

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Feb 09, 2015

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began on April 15, 2014. The last total lunar eclipse happened on October 8, 2014, and the next will take place on April 4, 2015.

Great Meteor Procession of 1913 via U. of Toronto
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 09, 2015

This date in science: Great Meteor Procession

During the Great Meteor Procession of February 9, 1913, bright meteors were seen to cross the sky on stately, nearly identical paths.

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Science Wire | Feb 03, 2015

Video: What would happen if humans suddenly disappeared?

What would happen to our planet if all us humans – for some reason – suddenly vanished? Here’s AsapSCIENCE’s take on it.

Image via Ingy the Wingy on Flickr
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 30, 2015

This date in science: First modern suspension bridge completed

It crossed a dangerous strait between Wales in western Great Britain – and an island that had become a place to catch the ferry to Ireland.

Views of the human skull, with missing jaw, found in western Galilee, northern Isreal and estimated at 55,000 years old. Photograph: Tel Aviv University and University of Vienna
Science Wire | Jan 30, 2015

Ancient skull offers clues to humans’ migration out of Africa

A partial skull from a cave in northern Israel sheds light on the first modern humans to walk out of Africa and their interbreeding with Neanderthals.

Blizzard poised to slam U.S. Northeast on Monday, January 26 via NOAA/NASA GOES
Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Powerful Nor’easter pounds US Northeast

Widespread winter storm conditions in northeastern U.S. New York not affected as strongly as expected, but strong effects farther north in Boston. Both cities come to a standstill.

Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.

Photo via Biology - Block B
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 23, 2015

This date in science: Sweden goes first to ban aerosol sprays

What happened when scientists realized aerosol sprays were harming Earth’s ozone layer, plus … an update on the Antarctic ozone hole.

A triple transit of Jupiter's moons on October 12, 2013.  John Rozakis in Athens, Greece captured it.  Photo used with permission.  Thank you, John!
Science Wire | Jan 22, 2015

Friday night’s rare triple shadow transit of Jupiter

Three moon shadows at once on Jupiter Friday night! It won’t happen again for U.S. observers until the year 2032. You can also watch online.