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January 24, 2016 6.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Alaska.  Image via USGS.
Science Wire | Jan 24, 2016

Magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Alaska

There were no reports of injuries, but the powerful earthquake left a fair amount of cleanup to do, plus some frightened people in Alaska.

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Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

2015 hottest year on record, by far

“What we have seen this past year will likely be routine in about 15 years, although regionally the details will vary considerably,” says climate expert Kevin Trenberth.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Jan 22, 2016

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

Age of Aquarius begins when vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. There’s no definitive answer as to when that will be.

The Zodiac via Discovery News
Tonight | Jan 21, 2016

Dates of sun’s entry into Zodiac signs

In some systems of astrology, signs of the Zodiac remain fixed relative to seasonal markers, such as the equinox and solstice points on the sky’s dome.

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Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

Flower blooms in space

Here it is! A flower grown on the International Space station blooms.

The website StardustForBowie.com says this image depicts a new constellation, named for the late, beloved rock musician.
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

Constellation named for David Bowie?

MIRA Public Observatory and Studio Brussels say they have ‘registered a constellation’ named for the late, beloved rock musician. Hmm, says astronomer Guy Ottewell.

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Science Wire | Jan 18, 2016

EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd

All the news you can fit into outer space LIVE on Slooh.com Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. ET (1530 UTC). Or watch right here!

Drought-affected corn in eastern Colorado, via
Science Wire | Jan 18, 2016

Extreme weather lowers global crop yield

Researchers found that extreme heat and drought between 1964 and 2007 account for about a 10% decline in global cereal crop production.

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This Date in Science | Jan 16, 2016

This date in science: Near discovery of South Magnetic Pole

Like all Antarctic journeys in the early 1900s, the search for magnetic south was grueling. The outcome was unclear, but the effort is still remembered.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is seen floating during a spacewalk on December 21, 2015. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jan 15, 2016

Watch ISS spacewalk live today

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will perform the first spacewalk of the year on Friday. NASA TV will air the spacewalk live. Coverage starts at 6:30 a.m., with spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m.