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Science Wire | Sep 30, 2014

Wind and solar energy capacity catching with nuclear power

The Worldwatch Institute quantifies the steady decline of nuclear energy’s share of global power production, and renewable energy’s increased share.

Image credit: Deisseroth Lab
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Video: New 3D look at brain circuitry

New imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain’s neural structure and its vast internal connections.

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Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

World population unlikely to stabilize in this century

Experts used “scenarios” to suggest global human population will stabilize around 9 billion by about 2050. A new statistical analysis tells a different story.

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Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing as Arctic sea ice declines?

Arctic sea ice continued its long-term decline in 2014. Meanwhile, sea ice on the other side of the planet was headed in the opposite direction. Why?

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Blogs | This Date in Science | Sep 27, 2014

This date in science: E=mc2

Mass and energy are interchangeable.

Storm surge from Hurricane Dennis on July 10, 2005, near Panacea, Florida.  Photo via USGS
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

History of storm surge in Florida strongly underestimated

Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.

Pablo Neruda as a young man.   Read more.
Sep 23, 2014

This date in science: Pablo Neruda and the beauty of the universe

Astronomical imagery often figured in the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Today, with the help of Michael West of Maria Mitchell Observatory, we honor that connection.

Image Credit: Cane Rosso
Blogs | Sep 22, 2014

Autumn equinox, cycles of nature and Chinese philosophy

The Chinese were great students of nature. Autumn is connected in Chinese thought with the direction west, considered to be the direction of dreams and visions.

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Sep 20, 2014

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began on the night of April 14-15. The next one will be on the night of October 7-8.

June - August 2014 via NOAA
Blogs | Sep 19, 2014

June through August 2014 hottest ever recorded globally

June through August 2014 is the warmest period recorded since record keeping began in 1880, NOAA says. Also, the warmest August since 1880.

The Ngogo males have just killed a male from a neighboring group. After the male is dead, one of the Ngogo males leaps on the body of the dead animal. Image courtesy of John Mitan
Science Wire | Sep 19, 2014

Chimpanzee wars not due to human influence, says study

Lethal aggression is something that chimpanzees naturally do, the study says, regardless of whether human impacts are high or low

Image via Flickr user Kelly DeLay
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Tornado Alley storm season starting and ending earlier

Peak tornado activity typically occurs in the region from early May to early July. It has moved an average of seven days earlier over the past six decades.

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Blogs | Sep 16, 2014

A push for climbing reform after Sherpa deaths on Everest

In the wake of the deaths of 16 Nepalese guides on Mount Everest in April 2014, many groups push for reform of climbing expedition practices.

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.

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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?