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Advancing monsoon clouds and showers in Aralvaimozhy, near Nagercoil, India. A new study finds that focusing on El Niño and La Niña’s impacts on the monsoon in regions and sub-seasons—instead of all-India for the whole monsoon season—may improve rainfall forecasts.
Image via PlaneMad/CreativeCommons/ AGUBlogosphere.
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2015

India’s monsoon not bringing enough rain

“Right now, the monsoon is 12 percent below average and dropping, and [India is] headed for a pretty serious dry season,” said a researcher.

Earthquake off the coast of Chile - 8.3 magnitude, a powerful quake - on September 16, 2015.
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2015

Powerful earthquakes off Chile’s coast

At least five people killed and 1 million evacuated, after a powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile last night. Tsunami waves and many strong aftershocks followed. Tsunami advisory for California and Hawaii.

The 1997–98 El Niño observed by TOPEX/Poseidon. The white areas off the Tropical Western coasts of northern South and all Central America as well as along the Central-eastern equatorial and Southeastern Pacific Ocean indicate the pool of warm water.  Via NASA/JPL
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2015

Video: This year’s El Niño compared to 1997-98

Wow! Check out this visual comparison of the emerging El Niño with the record-breaking El Niño of 1997-98, which created weather extremes around the globe.

CMS detector. Photo credit: CERN.
Science Wire | Sep 15, 2015

LHC creates liquid from Big Bang

Scientists using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced tiny droplets of a state of matter thought to have existed right at the birth of the universe.

These are bone fragments of Homo neladi, a new species of hominin recently discovered in South Africa. Image credit: Charles Musiba
Science Wire | Sep 11, 2015

New species of human found

Scientists say they have found a total of 1,550 bones representing 15 individuals. They say it’s the largest fossil hominin find on the African continent.

Three International Space Station crew members are set to return aboard the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft, which has been docked to the station since March. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Sep 09, 2015

Watch ISS crew’s return to Earth on Friday

Three International Space Station crew members will leave the spacecraft and return to Earth on Friday, September 11. Watch their departure and landing.

Robert Brucker
Science Wire | Sep 06, 2015

Is the pronoun ‘I’ becoming obsolete?

Thinking of plants and animals – including humans – as independent individuals might be an oversimplification, according to modern thinking in microbiology.

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.