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Summer solstice sunrise.
Blogs | Jun 20, 2014

The summer solstice as seen from Stonehenge

Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.

Mauna Loa via satellite, from NASA
Science Wire | Jun 19, 2014

Is Mauna Loa volcano beginning to stir?

Over the past 13 months, the Volcano Observatory in Hawaii has recorded increased activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth.

This Date in Science | Jun 19, 2014

This date in science: Paris Metro begins operations

First subway system in France and second-busiest in Europe today. But its early days were not without controversy.

Departure from average temperatures during May, 2014, via NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Science Wire | Jun 18, 2014

Preliminary data show May 2014 as warmest May on record

It now seems possible that 2014 could become the hottest year on record, if the trend from the first five months continues.

Image via Aquapedia.
Science Wire | Jun 17, 2014

If drinking purified pee weirds you out, don’t live in a desert

Water recycling is probably a better option for California and other desert areas, assuming people can get used to the yuck factor.

Via Shalyn Phillips  (@ShayJo13 on Twitter)
Blogs | Jun 17, 2014

Monster twin tornadoes strike Pilger, Nebraska

Amazing footage and video of two tornadoes striking near Pilger, Nebraska on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Artist's concept of sun from Pluto via NASA
Science Wire | Jun 16, 2014

Hubble Space Telescope to seek spacecraft target beyond Pluto

NASA okays the use of the Hubble Space Telescope in the search for an object the New Horizons spacecraft can visit after its Pluto encounter in 2015.

Credit: Mark Rademaker/Mike Okuda/Harold White/NASA.
Science Wire | Jun 16, 2014

Physicist and artist unveil designs for warp-speed spacecraft

The technology needed to create a faster-than-light spacecraft doesn’t exist yet. Will a spacecraft like this one someday carry humans to the stars?

Rock formation in Ebihens, France
Blogs | Jun 16, 2014

Seeing things that aren’t there

Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos and to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.

Image credit: RIA Novosti/Wikipedia
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jun 16, 2014

This date in science: First woman in space

Under the call name “Chaika” (Seagull), Tereshkova launched solo aboard Vostok 6 in June, 1963, to become the first woman in space.