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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.

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Why is Earth Day on April 22?

April 22, 1970 – Arbor Day – was the first Earth Day. Today, a common practice in celebration of Earth Day is still to plant new trees.

I don’t want to bite you. Photo credit: Travelbag Ltd
Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

What’s the real deal with shark attacks?

Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability – and occasional proclivity – to do just that.

The smell of rain.  Photo is a video still from Jon Kasbe's wonderful short film Life Reflected.
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2015

What is the smell of rain?

The word for it is “petrichor.” It’s the name of an oil that’s released from Earth into the air before rain begins to fall.

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Science Wire | Apr 15, 2015

Sperm whale meets deep-sea vehicle

Encounters between sperm whales and ROVs – remotely operated underwater vehicles – are rare. Watch this video, posted April 14.

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Science Wire | Apr 15, 2015

Tornado track in northern Illinois

Satellite view makes clear how unlucky the 150 people of the town of Fairdale were on April 9.

Sucessful lift-off of SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 14, 2015.
Science Wire | Apr 14, 2015

Liftoff!

SpaceX Dragon capsule now on its way to International Space Station after Tuesday’s successful liftoff via Falcon 9 rocket. Rendezvous set for Friday morning.