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Science Wire | Jan 17, 2015

2014 warmest year on record

NASA, NOAA, and Japan Meteorological Agency all report 2014 as Earth’s warmest year since modern-day record-keeping began in 1880.

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This Date in Science | Jan 16, 2015

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 today.

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Science Wire | Jan 15, 2015

Success! Two men complete historic climb at Yosemite’s El Capitan

Two Americans have become the first to free-climb Yosemite National Park’s Dawn Wall, which has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

Image via Ethan Siegel, Simon Swordy, NASA
FAQs | Jan 14, 2015

What is radiocarbon dating?

Unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12 at a steady rate. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s oldest inhabitants.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
Science Wire | Jan 13, 2015

NASA’s way cool retro posters for futuristic space travel

Making future travel plans .. with an emphasis on ‘future?’ Check out these exoplanet travel posters from NASA.

Image credit: Angus McNab/Julie McMahon
Science Wire | Jan 11, 2015

Dogs arrived in Americas only 10,000 years ago, says study

By associating with early humans, dogs enjoyed new foods and the relative safety of human camps. Eventually, dogs traveled the world with their two-legged masters.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
FAQs | Jan 09, 2015

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.

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Blogs | Jan 08, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 will ring in Year of the Sheep

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration for 2015 will fall on February 18-19. It’ll ring in the Year of the Sheep. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.

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Science Wire | Jan 07, 2015

Awesome new project Sounds of the Night

Project Nightflight in Austria has a new web platform, presenting not just astrophotos, but also the sounds they heard while capturing them. It’s wonderful.

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Science Wire | Jan 06, 2015

Video: Human population by the billions

When did our human population reach one billion? How long to add each billion after that, to bring us to the 7+ billion humans on Earth today? What’s next?