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Detail from a portrait of a young woman - from a fresco from Pompeii - thought to be Sappho. Via Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples) via Wikimedia Commons.

Pleiades setting through Sappho’s eyes

Sappho, a renowned poet of ancient Greece, wrote of the Pleiades star cluster setting at midnight. Scientists have wondered, what time of year did she see it?

Crowd watches Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 1969

Today in science: Kennedy’s moon speech

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a stirring speech to a joint session of Congress declaring his intention to land humans on the moon with a decade.

Nile crocodile. Nile crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus, were responsible for at least 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa between 2010 and 2014. Image © mariswanepoel / Fotolia

Man-eating crocodiles captured in Florida

Monster Nile crocodiles might be Florida’s newest invasive species.

Photo credit: Smithsonian

Are these non-humans conscious?

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

Don't try this at home: Researchers study tornadoes from a safe distance. Photo credit: Josh Wurman, CSWR

Your top 4 questions about tornadoes

May is the peak month for twisters here in the U.S.

Image via Kelli Marshall

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia?

May 13 is 2016’s lone Friday the 13th. Here’s the story behind Friday the 13th superstition and numerology.

Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Photo credit: James Jordan

Your top 3 tips to avoid mosquito bites

Simple things you can do to get fewer mosquito bites this summer.

Full moon photo by EarthSky community member Fernando Alvarenga in San Salvador.

Why does the moon seem to follow you?

You, or your kids, might notice this. When you’re moving in a car, earthly objects get left behind, but the moon seems to follow. Why?

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Did human limbs evolve from shark gills?

The Sonic Hedgehog gene drives embryonic development of mammal limbs and shark gills. Could our limbs have evolved from gills?