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Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Lawrence Crespo
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 13, 2015

This date in science: Chuck Yeager’s birthday

On February 13, 1923, Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, was born in Myra, West Virginia.

Launch of SDO in 2010 via NASA/A. Koslosky
Blogs | This Date in Science | Videos | Feb 11, 2015

This date in science: When a spacecraft destroyed a sundog

Coolest space launch ever! Watch what happened when a spacecraft launch destroyed a sundog, in the process bringing to light a new form of ice halo.

Great Meteor Procession of 1913 via U. of Toronto
Blogs | This Date in Science | Feb 09, 2015

This date in science: Great Meteor Procession

During the Great Meteor Procession of February 9, 1913, bright meteors were seen to cross the sky on stately, nearly identical paths.

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Science Wire | Feb 03, 2015

Video: What would happen if humans suddenly disappeared?

What would happen to our planet if all us humans – for some reason – suddenly vanished? Here’s AsapSCIENCE’s take on it.

Image via Ingy the Wingy on Flickr
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 30, 2015

This date in science: First modern suspension bridge completed

It crossed a dangerous strait between Wales in western Great Britain – and an island that had become a place to catch the ferry to Ireland.

Views of the human skull, with missing jaw, found in western Galilee, northern Isreal and estimated at 55,000 years old. Photograph: Tel Aviv University and University of Vienna
Science Wire | Jan 30, 2015

Ancient skull offers clues to humans’ migration out of Africa

A partial skull from a cave in northern Israel sheds light on the first modern humans to walk out of Africa and their interbreeding with Neanderthals.

Blizzard poised to slam U.S. Northeast on Monday, January 26 via NOAA/NASA GOES
Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Powerful Nor’easter pounds US Northeast

Widespread winter storm conditions in northeastern U.S. New York not affected as strongly as expected, but strong effects farther north in Boston. Both cities come to a standstill.

asteroid-2004-BL86-cp
Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.

Photo via Biology - Block B
Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 23, 2015

This date in science: Sweden goes first to ban aerosol sprays

What happened when scientists realized aerosol sprays were harming Earth’s ozone layer, plus … an update on the Antarctic ozone hole.

A triple transit of Jupiter's moons on October 12, 2013.  John Rozakis in Athens, Greece captured it.  Photo used with permission.  Thank you, John!
Science Wire | Jan 22, 2015

Friday night’s rare triple shadow transit of Jupiter

Three moon shadows at once on Jupiter Friday night! It won’t happen again for U.S. observers until the year 2032. You can also watch online.