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Video still from Blue Origin of the November 23, 2015 successful soft landing of the New Shepard rocket.
Science Wire | Nov 24, 2015

Blue Origin soft-lands a rocket!

And Jeff Bezos, which founded the private spaceflight company, sends his first-ever tweet. Congratulations, Blue Origin!

Blogs | Nov 24, 2015

Paris climate summit: Why more women need seats at the table

Including more women in international climate negotiations will lead to better results. Here are 15 climate champions already making a difference

Image source: thevane.gawker.com
Science Wire | Nov 23, 2015

Weather-related natural disasters are up

With COP21 poised to begin in Paris, a new UN report suggests that weather-related disasters were nearly twice as frequent over the past decade as two decades ago.

A new image taken by Douglas T. Durig this morning - November 23, 2015. Notice the two tails.
Science Wire | Nov 23, 2015

Comet Catalina has two tails

The comet is up before dawn, getting higher and brighter each morning. An avalanche of pictures is expected this week as it ascends in the predawn sky.

Northern lights, desaturated, by Mike Taylor Photography
Blogs | Photos | Nov 23, 2015

Will you see colors in an aurora?

If you live below 50 degrees N. latitude, auroras are likely to be low on your horizon, and you’re less likely to see vivid colors.

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Science Wire | Nov 20, 2015

How a year in space changes bodies

Astronauts are spending a year aboard the International Space Station, and researchers are looking at what happens to their bodies at the molecular level.

This image shows Volcano Island, located in the middle of the Taal caldera, formerly known as Lake Bombon or Lake Taal. Image credit: George Tapan
Science Wire | Nov 18, 2015

Top 10 most dangerous volcanoes

At the number one spot is the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

Science Wire | Nov 17, 2015

6 million years of human evolution in 1 minute

Mesmerizing reconstructions of long-lost human ancestors – created using fossil discoveries and forensic techniques – from a 2013 book published by Yale Press.

Artist's concept via NASA
Science Wire | Nov 15, 2015

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend, hours after discovery

Discovered on Saturday, closest just hours later, this small asteroid came closer to Earth than weather and television satellites orbit.

Video still via of reentry of object WT1190F, via the International Astronomical Center (IAC) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.
Science Wire | Nov 14, 2015

Mystery object WTF has come home

It was the first time astronomers knew just when and where a piece of space debris would reenter Earth’s atmosphere. It was last night, over the Indian Ocean.

Scared of Friday the 13th?  An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named).   Image via Kelli Marshall
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

November 13, 2015 presents the third of three Friday the 13ths in 2015. Here’s the story behind 2015’s trio of Friday the 13ths.

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Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

Video: Why your body is amazing

Some fun for a Friday, from the guys at AsapScience.

Blogs | Nov 10, 2015

Happy Diwali! Hindu festival of light

The Hindu festival of Diwali is November 11, 2015. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 09, 2015

NASA is recruiting astronauts

Want to be an astronaut? NASA is seeking explorers for future space missions. Here’s what it takes and how to apply.

Mysterious light sailing across the sky on Saturday night, widely seen across the U.S. West.  This image is a still from a video (profanity alert!)
Science Wire | Nov 08, 2015

Saturday night’s mystery light not a UFO

People in Los Angeles and various states in the U.S. West saw the mysterious light. It was confirmed as a Naval missile test off the California coast.

Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate change.

6.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on November 7, 2015.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Strong earthquake along coast of central Chile. Same approximate region as much more powerful quake, two months ago. No tsunami warning. No immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 03, 2015

Antarctica’s ozone hole in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole formed later than usual and had the fourth-largest area measured since the start of the satellite record in 1979.

View larger. | Close encounter. Image via Shutterstock.
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2015

Scientists to monitor skies for UFOs

UFODATA wants to make UFO studies a more rigorous science and deploy a global network of automated surveillance stations to watch for UFOs full-time.

Photo credit: Blondinrikard Fröberg
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2015

Heat in Persian Gulf to turn deadly?

A study suggests that, by the late 21st century, temperatures in the Persian Gulf might routinely edge above a tipping point for human survival. Wealthy areas might be able to adapt, poorer areas less able, the authors say.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
Science Wire | Nov 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for November?

November’s birthstone, the topaz, was thought to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger.