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Human World

An artist’s rendition of what the study site at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, where human ancestors searched for food and water, may have looked like 1.8 million years ago, Image cedit: M.Lopez-Herrera via The Olduvai Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology Project and Enrique Baquedano.
Science Wire | Mar 20, 2016

Snapshot of early human ancestors’ lives

Scientists used fossil remains and primitive tools to build a vivid description of what life was like for our early human ancestors, 1.8 million years ago.

Image via The Dragon
Blogs | Mar 19, 2016

A Chinese perspective on the spring equinox

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the direction east – the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day.

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Science Wire | Mar 15, 2016

Incredible solar eclipse footage from flight

Spectacular video shows last week’s total solar eclipse from a redirected Alaska Airlines flight. Wish we all could have been there!

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Science Wire | Mar 15, 2016

Why beware the Ides of March?

What are the Ides of March? We in modern times probably wouldn’t know, if it weren’t for William Shakespeare.

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This Date in Science | Mar 14, 2016

This date in science: Einstein’s birthday

While capping off the science of previous centuries, Albert Einstein changed our notions of space, time and matter … and launched modern physics.

Via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | Mar 12, 2016

How to survive Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time 2016 begins in the United States at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Original Iroquois League was known as the Five Nations
Blogs | Mar 07, 2016

Solar eclipse marked beginning of Iroquois Confederacy

A total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142 may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and possibly on Earth.

Two thumbs up from NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, seen resting in a chair outside of the spacecraft just minutes after he and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time).  Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Science Wire | Mar 02, 2016

NASA astronaut returns from year in space

NASA’s Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko landed safely in Kazakhstan on March 2. The landing wraps up Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the ISS.

Site of the massive methane leak. Photo: Getty Images
Science Wire | Mar 01, 2016

Biggest ever US methane leak from California blowout

The Aliso Canyon leak, finally plugged on February 11, vented 100,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere – a climate impact equivalent to the annual emissions of half a million cars, say scientists.

Scanning electron microscope image of a cockroach egg case silicone cast. Image credit: Prof. Hiroki Obata
Science Wire | Mar 01, 2016

Cockroach egg impressions from 4,300 years ago

More information about early human settlements – and in this case the insects who lived alongside them – is being found in ancient bits of broken pottery.