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

Image credit Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Science Wire | Jul 24, 2014

See which parts of the U.S. are losing groundwater

This map shows the relative amount of water stored in underground aquifers in the U.S. on July 7, 2014, compared to the average from 1948 to 2009.

In this artist's conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze - the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically CFCs, in the atmospheres of Earth-sized planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Image credit: Christine Pulliam (CfA)
Science Wire | Jul 24, 2014

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

Maybe some extra-terrestrials pollute their planets too.

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Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Nature’s roadblock to accurate seasonal hurricane forecasts

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

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Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

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Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

Camelopardalids: Just a few centuries late in catching a good show

Remember the Camelopardalids, the meteor shower earlier this year astronomers said would be spectacular … except it wasn’t? Now, the same astronomers explain why.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

lnside the mysterious Yamal crater

Scientists are back from a first exploration of the strange crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Curiouser and curiouser.

Celestial software image of Earth with two moons,.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?

Artist's illustration via CfA
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

Transiting exoplanet with longest year yet

Most distant planets known so far orbit close to their stars and thus have a short “year.” Kepler-421b has a year about twice as long as Earth’s.

Image Credit: Arenamontanus
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

What exactly is twilight?

Twilight is the time of day between daylight and darkness. Astronomers, the experts on nighttime, recognize three kinds of twilight.

Photo credit: Curtis Beaird
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Sunflowers say summertime, yes?

Image Credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2014

Best photos of Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

Today is the 45th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The story in pictures.

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Science Wire | Jul 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease slows when you exercise body and mind

Hard evidence that Alzheimer’s can be slowed by physical and mental exercise, a diet rich in plants, and by monitoring risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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Science Wire | Jul 18, 2014

Is our universe a bubble?

The multiverse hypothesis – the idea that there are other universes – can be tested, scientists say.

View larger. | A puncture (center right) in one of the Mars rover Curiosity’s wheels. (The sequence of cutouts at lower right are deliberate and imprint ‘JPL’ in Morse code as the wheels roll across the Martian surface.)  Image via NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS, Nature.
Science Wire | Jul 17, 2014

Mars Curiosity rover now crossing dangerous terrain

The car-sized rover is currently crossing a stretch of hard, rocky ground like that which previously dented and punctured its aluminum wheels.

Photo credit: Mike Quinn
Science Wire | Jul 17, 2014

How can I see a green flash?

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics.

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Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Three next-generation dark matter experiments get a green light

Next generation, in this case, is defined as experiments that will be at least 10 times as sensitive as the current crop of dark matter detectors.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Large crater appears at ‘the end of the world’

A science team is investigating a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula of northern Siberia. It’s about 80 meters (87.5 yards) across. No cause is yet known.

Apollo 11 blasts off to the moon, July 16, 1969, carrying the first three humans to visit another world.
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

NASA re-enacted Apollo 11 launch on 45th anniversary today

What if we’d had Twitter on July 16, 1969, the day Apollo 11 launched carrying the first humans to the moon? NASA did a live-tweet reenactment today as if we had.

Via Kenneth Tanaka et. al.
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Geologic map of planet Mars

USGS released this cool geologic map of Mars this week, which was prepared for NASA. What to see first? Notice impact craters, in yellow.

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Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Astronaut’s Vine of auroras from space

Auroras are awesome to see from here on Earth. Check out the view from space! Vine posted by ISS astronaut Reid Wiseman.

Science Wire | Jul 15, 2014

Rosetta spacecraft’s comet has a double nucleus!

More complex shape for 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko restricts potential sites for November 11 landing. “Wow, wow, wow! I can’t wait to get closer!”