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Science Wire | Sep 03, 2014

Video: Your brain on coffee

We love coffee! Coffee is the second most-traded commodity on Earth, after oil. How does the world’s favorite drug actually work?

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Science Wire | Sep 02, 2014

The first known example of Neanderthal rock art

Tool marks within the engraving suggest that it was likely created by someone who intentionally passed a sharp object again and again over the cave wall.

Photo credit: Markus Grossalber/Flickr
Science Wire | Aug 22, 2014

Your toothpaste’s fluorine was formed in a star

Next time you’re brushing you teeth, think on this: New research suggests that the fluorine in your toothpaste originates from the sun’s dead ancestors.

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Science Wire | Aug 07, 2014

Five fun physics tricks

Check out – and try – five fun physics tricks. Can you figure out the physics behind these phenomena?

Image Credit: Andrew Whitehead
Science Wire | Aug 05, 2014

Worst of the Gulf oil spill toxins still remain, research finds

Bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the oil toxins released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, but not the most toxic, says new research.

Location of the 6.1 quake in China. Image Credit: USGS
Science Wire | Aug 04, 2014

Deadly quake strikes south China

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on August 3, 2014. Reports early August 4 are of 12,000 homes collapsed, at least 398 dead and 1,800 injuries.

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Science Wire | Aug 01, 2014

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.

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FAQs | Aug 01, 2014

What’s the birthstone for August?

August has two birthstones, peridot and sardonyx.

Snow on Jaffa Road, one of the longest and oldest major streets in Jerusalem.  Photo via Flickr user Miriam Mezzera.  Click here for more details on this photo.
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

More heat waves and cold snaps ahead

Climate extremes are here to stay, say researchers.

SWERUS expedition preliminary cruise plan and study areas of Leg 1 and 2. EEZ=Exclusive Economic Zone; LR=Lomonosov Ridge; MR=Mendeleev Ridge; HC=Herald Canyon; NSI=New Siberian Islands.
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Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

Scientists aboard the icebreaker Oden observe a methane mega flare.