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Scared of Friday the 13th?  An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named).   Image via Kelli Marshall
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

November 13, 2015 presents the third of three Friday the 13ths in 2015. Here’s the story behind 2015’s trio of Friday the 13ths.

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Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

Video: Why your body is amazing

Some fun for a Friday, from the guys at AsapScience.

Blogs | Nov 10, 2015

Happy Diwali! Hindu festival of light

The Hindu festival of Diwali is November 11, 2015. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 09, 2015

NASA is recruiting astronauts

Want to be an astronaut? NASA is seeking explorers for future space missions. Here’s what it takes and how to apply.

Mysterious light sailing across the sky on Saturday night, widely seen across the U.S. West.  This image is a still from a video (profanity alert!)
Science Wire | Nov 08, 2015

Saturday night’s mystery light not a UFO

People in Los Angeles and various states in the U.S. West saw the mysterious light. It was confirmed as a Naval missile test off the California coast.

Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate change.

6.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on November 7, 2015.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Strong earthquake along coast of central Chile. Same approximate region as much more powerful quake, two months ago. No tsunami warning. No immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 03, 2015

Antarctica’s ozone hole in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole formed later than usual and had the fourth-largest area measured since the start of the satellite record in 1979.

View larger. | Close encounter. Image via Shutterstock.
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2015

Scientists to monitor skies for UFOs

UFODATA wants to make UFO studies a more rigorous science and deploy a global network of automated surveillance stations to watch for UFOs full-time.

Photo credit: Blondinrikard Fröberg
Science Wire | Nov 02, 2015

Heat in Persian Gulf to turn deadly?

A study suggests that, by the late 21st century, temperatures in the Persian Gulf might routinely edge above a tipping point for human survival. Wealthy areas might be able to adapt, poorer areas less able, the authors say.