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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.

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

What’s the birthstone for November?

November’s birthstone, the topaz, was thought to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger.

This image of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel. Image credit: NAIC-Arecibo/NSF
Science Wire | Oct 31, 2015

Update: 2015 TB145 likely a dead comet

Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a comet!

Photo via Kurt Magoon on Flickr
Science Wire | Oct 30, 2015

Halloween derived from ancient Celtic cross-quarter day

Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.

Marfa lights viewing area this way
Blogs | Oct 30, 2015

Ghost lights: Believe if you dare

In folklore, ghost lights were strange lights seen over swamps or bogs. But we’re more sophisticated today. Aren’t we?

Expedition 45 commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren prepare their extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits and tools in the Quest airlock. Kelly and Lindgren will use the spacesuits for two upcoming spacewalks outside the International Space Station on Oct. 28 and Nov. 6, 2015.
Science Wire | Oct 28, 2015

Watch spacewalk live October 28

Watch two NASA astronauts make their first spacewalk outside ISS today, beginning at 8:10 a.m. EDT (12:10 UTC) until about 2:40 p.m. EDT (18:10 UTC).

An illustration of Earth’s magnetic field shielding our planet from solar particles. Image via NASA/GSFC/SVS.
Science Wire | Oct 27, 2015

Ice cores confirm colossal solar storms

Evidence that Earth was hit by two solar storms – 10 times larger than those observed recently – 1,000 years ago. If they occurred today, they’d have devastating effects on power supplies, satellites and communications.

7.5-magnitude earthquake north-northeast of Kabul, October 26, 2015.  Image via USGS.
Science Wire | Oct 26, 2015

7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Afghanistan

Hundreds reported dead, with the death toll set to rise. The most severely affected areas are remote. As of late Monday, communications were cut off.

In the cradle of dogkind? Photo credit: Coss and Johanna
Science Wire | Oct 23, 2015

Where did the first dogs come from?

New DNA analysis says your pooch’s ancestors were Central Asian wolves