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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.

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Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

How mosquitoes find you to bite you

Mosquitoes use a triple threat of visual, olfactory, and thermal cues to home in on their human targets, a new Caltech study suggests.

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Science Wire | Jul 21, 2015

Large Hadron Collider discovers new particle

They’re calling them pentaquarks. What you need to know of the latest discovery about the tiny particles that make up our world.

Breakthrough Listen is the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. T
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

Unprecedented $100 million SETI initiative

Breakthrough Listen initiative, announced Monday, will scan the nearest million stars, plus stars in 100 other galaxies, for signs of an advanced civilization.

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This Date in Science | Jul 17, 2015

This date in science: America and Russia meet in space

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

Photo credit: Curtis Beaird
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2015

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Sunflowers say summertime, yes?

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Science Wire | Jul 15, 2015

We’re not heading into mini ice age

Any drop in solar activity will be dwarfed by the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, says Jim Wild of Lancaster University.

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Science Wire | Jul 14, 2015

The women of New Horizons’ Pluto flyby

Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.”

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This Date in Science | Jul 10, 2015

This date in science: First Telstar launch

Telstar was the first satellite able to relay television signals between Europe and North America. It launched on this date … and helped change the world.

Don’t fence me in: a coyote finds Portland, Oregon a perfectly good habitat. Photo credit: automotocycle/flickr
Science Wire | Jul 08, 2015

Urban wildlife is here to stay

Cities adapt to growing ranks of coyotes, cougars and other urban wildlife

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Science Wire | Jul 02, 2015

How do fireworks get their colors?

The colors in fireworks help create “ohhhhs” and “ahhhhs.” But what creates the colors?

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Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Leap second scheduled for June 30

World timekeepers will add one extra second on June 30, 2015. Meanwhile, a proposal to dump the leap second has been deferred until October.

Just how quickly are those thoughts bouncing around in there? Image credit: shutterstock
Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

What is the speed of thought?

It feels instantaneous, but how long does it really take to think a thought?

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FAQs | Videos | Jun 27, 2015

Can a human singing voice shatter glass?

Not just any loud sound will shatter a glass. It has to be the right resonant frequency.

MIT researchers have successfully cooled a gas of sodium potassium (NaK) molecules to a temperature of 500 nanokelvin. llustration credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
Science Wire | Jun 24, 2015

MIT scientists set record for coldest molecule

Scientists have cooled a molecule down to 500-billionths of a degree above absolute zero, a million times colder than interstellar space.

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Science Wire | Jun 22, 2015

Sixth mass extinction is happening now

We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence, says a new study

Summer solstice sunrise.
Science Wire | Jun 21, 2015

Summer solstice seen from Stonehenge

Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.

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Science Wire | Jun 18, 2015

A robotic dog’s mortality

When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families.

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Science Wire | Jun 12, 2015

Global warming hiatus never happened

Studies had suggested that global warming slowed or paused since 1998. More thorough research shows the global warming “hiatus” likely never happened.