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The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.

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Science Wire | Jul 04, 2015

Incredible color-changing! How does octopus do it?

How and why the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish change colors

Photo credit: Mike O'Neal
Science Wire | Jul 03, 2015

What makes Venus the brightest planet?

Venus has been spectacular near Jupiter in the evening sky! Plus, now it’s headed for greatest brilliancy around July 10, 2015!

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Science Wire | Jul 02, 2015

How do fireworks get their colors?

The colors in fireworks help create “ohhhhs” and “ahhhhs.” But what creates the colors?

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Science Wire | Jul 02, 2015

Stars’ spiral arms cradle baby planets

A new theoretical model focuses on the spiral arms now known to exist around some young stars. The spiral arms may enable rocky planets like Earth to form.

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Science Wire | Jul 01, 2015

Countdown to Pluto!

New Horizons gets ‘all clear’ for Pluto flyby, only 2 weeks away! Newest images of Pluto and Charon. Plus … methane detected on Pluto.

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Science Wire | Jul 01, 2015

Are those sinkholes on Rosetta’s comet?

Sinkholes on Earth happen when a subsurface cavern collapses. On the comet, the caverns may be created by ices turning to gas, as the comet nears the sun.

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Science Wire | Jul 01, 2015

What’s the birthstone for July?

The ruby, birthstone for July, is among the most highly prized of gemstones.

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Science Wire | Jun 30, 2015

Black hole wakes up after 27 years

On June 15, a monster black hole started showing signs of extraordinary activity that hasn’t happened since 1989. Astronomers around the world are watching.

Image via Wikipedia. Sizes of planets are to scale but not the distances. Click here for relative distances.
Science Wire | Jun 30, 2015

When will all five visible planets appear simultaneously?

All five visible planets will appear together in the morning sky early next year – from about January 20 to February 20, 2016. That hasn’t happened since 2005.

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Science Wire | Jun 30, 2015

Lenticular clouds look like UFOs

These lens-shaped clouds are often mistaken for UFOs. Here’s how they form, plus gorgeous photos and a video.

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Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Rosetta team struggles with Philae link

Since the Philae comet lander renewed contact on June 13, the Rosetta mission team has struggled to establish a stable link.

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Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Leap second scheduled for June 30

World timekeepers will add one extra second on June 30, 2015. Meanwhile, a proposal to dump the leap second has been deferred until October.

Artist's concept the Trace Gas and Data Relay Orbiter, one component of the 2016 ExoMars mission.  Image via ESA
Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Next Mars mission is ESA’s ExoMars

ESA’s ExoMars consists of two separate missions to investigate Mars. The first, set to launch in January 2016, consists of an orbiter and lander.

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Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Get ready for New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly through the Pluto system on July 14. It’s only 2 weeks away!

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Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

What is the speed of thought?

It feels instantaneous, but how long does it really take to think a thought?

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Science Wire | Jun 28, 2015

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

It was unmanned, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station still have 4 months of supplies. But it’s the third failed cargo mission to ISS in 8 months.

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Science Wire | Jun 26, 2015

Is our universe ringing like a crystal glass?

Two physicists say the universe’s expansion has sped up, then slowed down, 7 times since time began. They describe this oscillation as the universe “ringing.”

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Science Wire | Jun 26, 2015

Video: Brainy octopus and its coconut

We can’t get enough of the coolness of octopuses here at Earthsky. Watch what this octopus does with coconut shells.

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Science Wire | Jun 26, 2015

Titan’s strange lakes may be sinkholes

What forms the depressions holding liquid hydrocarbon lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan? It might be a process similar to that creating caves and sinkholes on Earth.

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Science Wire | Jun 26, 2015

Why isn’t hottest weather at year’s longest day?

Solstice – year’s longest day for northern Earth – was Sunday. But hottest weather is still to come. Likewise, coldest weather is ahead for S. Hemisphere.

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Science Wire | Jun 25, 2015

Earthquakes to blame for Mount Sinabung eruptions?

Scientists think there may be a link between the new volcanic activity at Mount Sinabung in Indonesia and three recent megathrust earthquakes.