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Airport in Cabo San Lucas, via @MexicanadeModa
Blogs | Sep 16, 2014

Major Hurricane Odile slams Baja Peninsula in Mexico

Major Hurricane Odile struck the Baja Peninsula and left extensive damage and flooding across the area. Photos of the damage and firsthand reports, here.

Image credit: University of Birmingham
Science Wire | Sep 12, 2014

New scans reveal hidden monuments of Stonehenge

The startling results of a new survey include 17 previously unknown monuments and dozens of burial mounds surrounding Stonehenge.

Ozone hole over Antarctica at the peak of this year's season of ozone depletion, October, 2013.  Image via NASA/Ozone Hole Watch.
Science Wire | Sep 08, 2014

What’s the source of a mysterious ozone-depleting chemical?

The Montreal Protocol put the brakes on ozone-depleting chemicals 30 years ago. But one compound is still abundant in Earth’s atmosphere. Where’s it coming from?

Sky lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Blogs | Sep 08, 2014

In 2014, China’s Mid-Autumn Festival on September 8

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival features the beautiful idea that we all see the same moon.

Expect high tides to follow a supermoon
FAQs | Sep 08, 2014

What is a supermoon?

The definition for “supermoon” is so generous that there are typically 4-6 of them each year.

The Global Shorebird Counting is one of the key events of the World Shorebirds Day. This is not particularly a citizen science program, but rather an effort to rise awareness for the importance of regular bird monitoring as the core element of bird protection and habitat conservation.  Photo via World Shore Bird Day.
Science Wire | Sep 06, 2014

Today is the first-ever World Shorebirds Day

Saturday, September 6, 2014, is the first World Shorebird Day. How to participate, here.

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Science Wire | Sep 04, 2014

New astronomy stamps from the Isle of Man

Heads up, stamp collectors and astronomy enthusiasts! A collection of new stamps from the Isle of Man, which has 26 Dark Sky sites.

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Science Wire | Sep 03, 2014

Video: Your brain on coffee

We love coffee! Coffee is the second most-traded commodity on Earth, after oil. How does the world’s favorite drug actually work?

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Science Wire | Sep 02, 2014

The first known example of Neanderthal rock art

Tool marks within the engraving suggest that it was likely created by someone who intentionally passed a sharp object again and again over the cave wall.

Photo credit: Markus Grossalber/Flickr
Science Wire | Aug 22, 2014

Your toothpaste’s fluorine was formed in a star

Next time you’re brushing you teeth, think on this: New research suggests that the fluorine in your toothpaste originates from the sun’s dead ancestors.

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Science Wire | Aug 07, 2014

Five fun physics tricks

Check out – and try – five fun physics tricks. Can you figure out the physics behind these phenomena?

Image Credit: Andrew Whitehead
Science Wire | Aug 05, 2014

Worst of the Gulf oil spill toxins still remain, research finds

Bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the oil toxins released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, but not the most toxic, says new research.

Location of the 6.1 quake in China. Image Credit: USGS
Science Wire | Aug 04, 2014

Deadly quake strikes south China

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on August 3, 2014. Reports early August 4 are of 12,000 homes collapsed, at least 398 dead and 1,800 injuries.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Aug 01, 2014

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.

Image Credit: Arpingstone
FAQs | Aug 01, 2014

What’s the birthstone for August?

August has two birthstones, peridot and sardonyx.

Snow on Jaffa Road, one of the longest and oldest major streets in Jerusalem.  Photo via Flickr user Miriam Mezzera.  Click here for more details on this photo.
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

More heat waves and cold snaps ahead

Climate extremes are here to stay, say researchers.

SWERUS expedition preliminary cruise plan and study areas of Leg 1 and 2. EEZ=Exclusive Economic Zone; LR=Lomonosov Ridge; MR=Mendeleev Ridge; HC=Herald Canyon; NSI=New Siberian Islands.
Image via Daily Kos via University of Stockholm.
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

Scientists aboard the icebreaker Oden observe a methane mega flare.

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Blogs | Jul 28, 2014

Pluto-bound New Horizons update

New Horizons – en route to Pluto – is currently out of hibernation for a series of engineering and navigation checks, which will continue until the end of August 2014.

Hurricane Mitch, 1998
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Nature’s roadblock to accurate seasonal hurricane forecasts

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

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Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

Photo credit: Curtis Beaird
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Sunflowers say summertime, yes?