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Telstar, via NASA
This Date in Science | Jul 10, 2014

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.

Image Credit: Feuerrabe
Jul 09, 2014

Probiotics revisited: How – and if – they work

Stores are full of probiotic products, but are we any closer to understanding if and how they work?

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Science Wire | Jul 09, 2014

Why are fruit flies boarding the International Space Station?

They’re about to become genetic models for astronauts, to help explore the long-term effects of space flight and deep space travel.

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Science Wire | Jul 08, 2014

The 7 biggest myths about your brain

You only use 10% of your brain. You’re either left-brained or right-brained. Alcohol kills brain cells. Nah. All myths.

New record for youngest moon via Thierry Legault
FAQs | Jul 08, 2014

This date in science: New record for youngest moon

On this date a year ago, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.

"We now have a parts list of what makes us human," says Yale University's Mark Gerstein. "What we are doing is figuring out the wiring diagram of how it all works." Image Credit: Shutterstock
Science Wire | Jul 08, 2014

Shrinking human genome: New study says our genes number only 19,000

How many genes does it take to make a human? Fewer than we thought. A new estimate of 19,000 is far below initial estimates of 100,000 genes.

Super Typhoon Neoguri in false color on July 7, 2014
Blogs | Jul 08, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri pounds Japanese islands of Okinawa, heads on

Neoguri is still expected to make landfall near Kyushu, Japan on Wednesday evening according to U.S. clocks, early Thursday a.m. locally in Japan.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jul 07, 2014

Video: How the sun can kill us all

The sun is a life-giving force. But it can also kill us in lots of different ways, points out Frasier Cain, publisher of the Universe Today website.

Phoenix haboob July 3, 2014 by Kathleen Kingma.
Science Wire | Jul 04, 2014

First haboob of 2014 in Phoenix on July 3

Check out these dramatic shots of the July 3 dust storm – aka haboob – washing over Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to all who posted on EarthSky’s Facebook page.

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Videos | Jul 04, 2014

Video: A drone flies through fireworks

This video of fireworks from the inside is stunning. But not everyone agrees the making of it was a good idea.