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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.

Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
FAQs | Aug 10, 2014

What is a supermoon?

The August 10, 2014 is the closest, brightest supermoon of this year.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Science Wire | Jul 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease slows when you exercise body and mind

Hard evidence that Alzheimer’s can be slowed by physical and mental exercise, a diet rich in plants, and by monitoring risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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This Date in Science | Jul 17, 2014

This date in science: America and Russia meet in space

On July 17, 1975, a famous first handshake between nations in space.

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FAQs | Jul 16, 2014

Scared of thunder and lightning? You have astraphobia

Bam! Yikes! Do you – and your dog – have astraphobia?

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Science Wire | Jul 15, 2014

Our friends tend to be genetically similar to us, says study

Are your friends like family? Maybe more than you know. Friends who aren’t biologically related may still resemble each other genetically.

Typhoon Rammasun on July 15 via NOAA
Blogs | Jul 15, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun is thrashing the Philippines

Rammasun, also called Glenda, intensified before making landfall earlier today. Typhoon status of 175 kph/110 mph expected as it passes very close to Manila.

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Science Wire | Jul 14, 2014

40 percent of captive African elephants are obese

Like in humans, excess fat in elephants can contribute to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility, say researchers.

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Science Wire | Jul 11, 2014

Dark skies of Utah timelapse

You’ll love this spectacular timelapse of the summer night sky over Utah.

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Science Wire | Jul 10, 2014

Bright meteor over Australia on July 10 was a rocket reentry

That bright meteor over Australia – seen by many – was likely the reentry of the upper state of a Soyuz rocket, launched two days earlier. Video here.