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This is a red-footed booby on Christmas Island. Photo credit: © CSIRO, Britta Denise Hardesty
Science Wire | Sep 02, 2015

Plastic bits in 90% of seabirds

A new study estimates that almost all seabirds have eaten plastic.

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Science Wire | Aug 28, 2015

Got a minute? Climate change/sea level rise

How is climate change connected to sea level rise? One-minute video explains.

Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Aug 28, 2015

Want to see Earth’s super predator? Look in the mirror.

Our efficient killing technologies have given rise to the human super predator. Our impacts are as extreme as our behavior, says study.

A frozen lake of water-ice on the floor of a 35 km wide impact crater on Mars. Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
Science Wire | Aug 26, 2015

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.

Illustration showing one of the highest-energy neutrino events of this study, superimposed on a view of the IceCube Lab at the South Pole. Evidence of the neutrinos heralds a new form of astronomy.
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2015

Cosmic neutrinos confirmed at South Pole

Researchers say these high-energy neutrinos come from sources beyond our Milky Way galaxy. They say the ability to discover them heralds a new form of astronomy.

Land and ocean temperature percentiles July 2015. View larger. |  Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Aug 21, 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded

Last month’s average global temperature was the all-time highest monthly temperature since record-keeping began in 1880.

Rock formation in Ebihens, France
Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

Seeing things that aren’t there

Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos and to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.

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Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

View from space: Fires in US Pacific Northwest

Wildfire outbreaks have charred nearly 7 million acres this summer. Satellite view of several fires burning in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

ISS, as captured by Dave Walker
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2015

How to spot the International Space Station

Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. Here’s how you can spot it.

Hoax image via social media.
Blogs | Tonight | Aug 15, 2015

No double moon in 2015, or ever

Will Mars and the moon will appear the same size at some point in 2015? Gosh, no. What’s really amazing is the staying power of this 12-year-old hoax.

Photo by Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho
FAQs | Aug 05, 2015

When is the next supermoon?

The next supermoon will be on September 28, 2015, to stage the closest supermoon of the year and a Super Blood Moon eclipse!

Image Credit: Arpingstone
Science Wire | Aug 03, 2015

What’s the birthstone for August?

August has two birthstones, peridot and sardonyx.

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Science Wire | Aug 01, 2015

California lacking a year’s worth of rain

Drought and more drought in California, whose accumulated rain debt now equals an average year’s precipitation, according to a new study.

Greg Hogan created this image.  Isn't it great?  Thanks, Greg!
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2015

Exciting news! Astronomical League and EarthSky join forces

Popular astronomy website and nation’s largest federation of astronomy clubs have joined forces to bring the night sky’s wonder, beauty, and mystery to the public.

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Science Wire | Jul 30, 2015

Video: The science of dogs

The newest video from AsapSCIENCE is for dog lovers. That is, for everyone!

Image Credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jul 29, 2015

Impacts of climate change on human health

A new report published in The Lancet finds that “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”

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Science Wire | Jul 28, 2015

Video: Summer Blue Moon

On July 31, the moon becomes full for the second time this month. Modern folklore says the second full moon is a Blue Moon. New video from NASA.

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Science Wire | Jul 28, 2015

Ant expert gives Ant-Man thumbs up

A Boston University biology professor says the movie is “a turning point for ants in cinema,” although he has a few quibbles with the science.

Image Credit: John Fowler
Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Night thunderstorms: Top things to know

For anyone who’s been stirred out of bed in the middle of the night by a clap of thunder: Here’s info about those intense storms that happen after the sun sets.

Education and warnings, such as this one in California, can help. Photo credit: Gino Zahnd/flickr
Science Wire | Jul 23, 2015

Good news! More sharks!

White shark populations are growing. Here’s why that’s good news.

Colorado flooding by Nina Embervine in Lyons, Colorado.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

New NASA video on flood prediction

Predicting flooding is notoriously difficult, but predictions are improving. Timely video in light of James Hansen’s prediction this week of catastrophic flooding in New York and other coastal cities before the end of this century.