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Is humanity now ‘too big for nature?’ Photo credit: Mark Klett
Science Wire | May 04, 2015

Preserving nature in the Age of Humans

Scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists grapple with what it means to ‘save nature’ in the Anthropocene.

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Science Wire | May 01, 2015

Man sings “If I only had a brain” during MRI

While he sings, watch what’s going on inside his head.

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Science Wire | May 01, 2015

Why do we celebrate May Day?

Happy May Day! A few words about this annual celebration, whose roots are in astronomy.

Image Credit: Rob Lavinsky
Science Wire | May 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for May?

May’s birthstone, the emerald, is a type of beryl colored green by chromium. Perfect emeralds are among the rarest of gemstones.

Photo: Jennifer Khordi
Science Wire | Apr 30, 2015

Who loves rainbows?

April showers brought these rainbows. Enjoy these awesome photos from our friends!

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2015

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

It’s their active season. Here are ten things to know about these venomous spiders that like to live where we do.

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA

Share pics and video of your favorite places on Earth to social media with hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.

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Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

Why is Earth Day on April 22?

April 22, 1970 – Arbor Day – was the first Earth Day. Today, a common practice in celebration of Earth Day is still to plant new trees.

I don’t want to bite you. Photo credit: Travelbag Ltd
Science Wire | Apr 21, 2015

What’s the real deal with shark attacks?

Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability – and occasional proclivity – to do just that.

The smell of rain.  Photo is a video still from Jon Kasbe's wonderful short film Life Reflected.
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2015

What is the smell of rain?

The word for it is “petrichor.” It’s the name of an oil that’s released from Earth into the air before rain begins to fall.