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Expect high tides to follow a supermoon
FAQs | Jan 05, 2015

When is the next supermoon?

2015 has six supermoons. The closest on September 28 will also undergo a total lunar eclipse.

Via teachertech.rice.edu
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 04, 2015

This date in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643. His insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.

Nope, planets aren't aligning.  Image via BringingBackAwesome.com
Science Wire | Jan 02, 2015

Planetary alignment January 4 will make us weigh less? Of course not

The idea we will all weigh less and even experience a floating sensation due to a planetary alignment on January 4, 2015 (#zeroday) is entirely false. Sigh.

Image Credit: Aldaron
FAQs | Jan 01, 2015

Why does the new year begin on January 1?

New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.

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FAQs | Jan 01, 2015

Why are some foods considered lucky for New Year’s?

Lucky New Year’s foods in the U.S. South and around the world. Happy 2015!

Image Credit: USGS
Science Wire | Jan 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for January?

Happy birthday January babies! Your birthstone, the garnet, symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections.

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Science Wire | Dec 31, 2014

Amazing 44-second meteor might be space debris reentry

Video of an impressive and slow meteor seen over Puerto Rico on December 28. It might be a Falcon 9 rocket body falling from orbit.

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Science Wire | Dec 30, 2014

Video: Does being cold make you sick?

Being cold can’t give you a cold … or can it?

A man walks along cars on a flooded Croft Pl as Staten Island suffers flooding and damage by Hurricane Irene that pass through the New York City area.  Image Credit: Mark Bonifacio  New York Daily News
Science Wire | Dec 29, 2014

Flooding tipping points earlier than expected for U.S. coasts

By 2050, most of the U.S. coast is likely to see 30 or more days of flooding a year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, says a new study.

Photo copyright Daniel McVey
FAQs | Dec 27, 2014

How many stars can you see on a clear, moonless night?

If you step outside at night from a bright room, you won’t see many stars at first. It takes up to 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark.