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Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Watch NASA build James Webb Space Telescope

The JWST mirror covers off for a few days this week, and webcams are set up at Goddard Space Flight Center. Watch!

Health effects of the Chernobyl disaster are still felt 30 years on. Photo credit: Garanich/Reuters
Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Chernobyl worst nuclear accident of all time

The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. It was far worse than the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Brown recluse spider. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension
Science Wire | Apr 25, 2016

10 things to know about brown recluse spiders

It’s their active season. Here are 10 things to know about these venomous spiders that like to live where we do.

Montauk Point lighthouse. Photo: Neeti Kumthekar
Science Wire | Apr 23, 2016

What are star trails? How can I capture them?

As Earth spins under the sky, the stars appear to move. When a camera captures that movement, that’s called a star trail. Plus … an astrophotographer explains how he does it.

First Earth Day 1970
Science Wire | Apr 22, 2016

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.

Photo credit: Smithsonian
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

Lots of non-humans – octopuses, crows, monkeys, machines – are intelligent. Could some also be conscious?

This green moon photo was created via photo processing, and is via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Green moon on April 20, 2016? Not true

No, there won’t be a green moon on April 20, 2016 … or on May 29. Some possible origins of this latest urban legend.

7.0 earthquake in Japan on April 15, 2016.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2016

Powerful earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Japan was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on April 15, 2016. One day later, on April 16, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Image credit: Yining Karl Li
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Top 6 things about gravity

Gravity does far more than make things fall down. It governs the motion of planets around the sun, holds galaxies together and determines the structure of the universe.

Bottlenose dolphins have been dying in record numbers in their mothers' womb or shortly after birth in areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Apr 12, 2016

Gulf of Mexico dolphin deaths likely due to oil exposure

Study finds higher rate of illness and death in newborns and juvenile bottlenose dolphins after Deepwater Horizon oil spill.