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Image via University of Minnesota
Science Wire | Feb 03, 2016

The politico-economics of King Corn

Scott Fausti talks with EarthSky’s Ben Duval about the potential future of corn agriculture and its implications for environmental sustainability.

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 40 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, is pictured in this close-up view during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in support of science and maintenance on the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 11-minute spacewalk, Skvortsov and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev (out of frame) deployed a small science satellite, retrieved and installed experiment packages and inspected components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Feb 03, 2016

Watch cosmonauts’ spacewalk today

NASA TV will broadcast live coverage of a 5.5-hour spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts aboard ISS beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET (1230 UTC) Wednesday.

Groundhog Day
Science Wire | Feb 02, 2016

Everything you need to know: Groundhog Day 2016

Groundhog Day – a celebration with its roots in astronomy – comes every year on February 2. It’s the year’s first “cross-quarter” day.

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Science Wire | Feb 01, 2016

Fungi survive Martian conditions on ISS

Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions after being strapped on the outside of the International Space Station for 18 months.

January 28, 1986 explosion of shuttle Challenger
Science Wire | Jan 28, 2016

Day of remembrance: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

Because shuttle launches had become routine after 24 successful missions, those watching found the explosion difficult to believe until NASA confirmed the accident.

Szabolcs Nagy celebrating his capture of the ISS transit of Saturn.
Science Wire | Jan 26, 2016

And now … a real ISS transit of Saturn

A fake image ran in APOD a few days ago, but this video of an International Space Station transit across the face of Saturn looks real.

View larger. | A portion of a heat map and ground trajectory of January 24, 2016 daylight meteor via the American Meteor Society.
Science Wire | Jan 26, 2016

Daylight meteor over southeastern U.S.

The American Meteor Society has over 100 reports of a bright meteor seen in broad daylight over southeastern U.S. on Sunday. How to report it, if you saw it, here.

January 24, 2016 6.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Alaska.  Image via USGS.
Science Wire | Jan 24, 2016

Magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Alaska

There were no reports of injuries, but the powerful earthquake left a fair amount of cleanup to do, plus some frightened people in Alaska.

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Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

2015 hottest year on record, by far

“What we have seen this past year will likely be routine in about 15 years, although regionally the details will vary considerably,” says climate expert Kevin Trenberth.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Jan 22, 2016

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

Age of Aquarius begins when vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. There’s no definitive answer as to when that will be.

The Zodiac via Discovery News
Tonight | Jan 21, 2016

Dates of sun’s entry into Zodiac signs

In some systems of astrology, signs of the Zodiac remain fixed relative to seasonal markers, such as the equinox and solstice points on the sky’s dome.

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Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

Flower blooms in space

Here it is! A flower grown on the International Space station blooms.

The website StardustForBowie.com says this image depicts a new constellation, named for the late, beloved rock musician.
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

Constellation named for David Bowie?

MIRA Public Observatory and Studio Brussels say they have ‘registered a constellation’ named for the late, beloved rock musician. Hmm, says astronomer Guy Ottewell.

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Science Wire | Jan 18, 2016

EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd

All the news you can fit into outer space LIVE on Slooh.com Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. ET (1530 UTC). Or watch right here!

Drought-affected corn in eastern Colorado, via
Science Wire | Jan 18, 2016

Extreme weather lowers global crop yield

Researchers found that extreme heat and drought between 1964 and 2007 account for about a 10% decline in global cereal crop production.

Mawson, McKay and David on January 16, 1909.
This Date in Science | Jan 16, 2016

This date in science: Near discovery of South Magnetic Pole

Like all Antarctic journeys in the early 1900s, the search for magnetic south was grueling. The outcome was unclear, but the effort is still remembered.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is seen floating during a spacewalk on December 21, 2015. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jan 15, 2016

Watch ISS spacewalk live today

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will perform the first spacewalk of the year on Friday. NASA TV will air the spacewalk live. Coverage starts at 6:30 a.m., with spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m.

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Science Wire | Jan 14, 2016

EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd

All the news you can fit into outer space LIVE on Slooh.com Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. ET (1530 UTC). Or watch right here!

Facing east beginning around 4:30 a.m. local time until sunrise from January 9 to 17. Comet Catalina passes very close to the stars that form the Big Dipper as it approaches Earth. Illustration by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium.
Science Wire | Jan 14, 2016

How to see Comet Catalina

Hints on how to perceive the comet’s gradual motion across the sky as it sweeps closest – but not too close – around January 17.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory caught two waves of hot, X-ray emitting gas emanating from the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 5195.
Image via NASA/CXC/Univ of Texas/E Schlegel et al.
Science Wire | Jan 11, 2016

EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd

All the news you can fit into outer space LIVE on Slooh.com Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. ET (1530 UTC). Or watch right here!

Commander Chris Hadfield ... and he sings
Science Wire | Jan 11, 2016

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity

Honoring David Bowie …