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

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Science Wire | Sep 30, 2014

Wind and solar energy capacity catching with nuclear power

The Worldwatch Institute quantifies the steady decline of nuclear energy’s share of global power production, and renewable energy’s increased share.

The drought crippling California is by some measures the worst in the state's history. Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Sep 30, 2014

California drought linked to climate change, say scientists

Stanford researchers report that the drought now crippling California is likely linked to human-caused climate change. Other researchers disagree.

Image credit: Deisseroth Lab
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Video: New 3D look at brain circuitry

New imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain’s neural structure and its vast internal connections.

Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Mars and its atmosphere, seen by MOM spacecraft

Two early images from India’s MOM spacecraft. One shows an edge of Mars, with the planet’s tenuous atmosphere above. The other shows the whole planet. Beautiful!

Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

World population unlikely to stabilize in this century

Experts used “scenarios” to suggest global human population will stabilize around 9 billion by about 2050. A new statistical analysis tells a different story.

Image credit: Jason Brougham (University of Edinburgh)
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Clues to the rapid rise of birds

“There was no moment in time when a dinosaur became a bird, and there is no single missing link between them,” said Steve Brusatte, who led the study.

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Curiosity rover drill pulls first taste from Mars mountain

The mission’s emphasis has changed from drive, drive, drive to systematic layer-by-layer investigation. “Curiosity flew hundreds of millions of miles to do this.”

Photo credit: University of Michigan
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

The water in your bottle might be older than the sun

Up to half of the water on Earth and throughout our solar system likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.

Dwarf galaxy DDO 68
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

A young galaxy in the local universe?

The nearby dwarf galaxy DDO 68 – only 39 million light-years away – looks young. But its nearness to us in space suggests it’s not as young as it looks.

Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing as Arctic sea ice declines?

Arctic sea ice continued its long-term decline in 2014. Meanwhile, sea ice on the other side of the planet was headed in the opposite direction. Why?

Image credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

Is a solar flare the same thing as a CME?

Solar flares and CMEs – coronal mass ejections – are both gigantic explosions of energy on the sun, but they’re not the same thing. Here’s the difference.

In this illustration, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) closes in on the Red Planet after a 10-month interplanetary journey, with its Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing. Image credit ISRO
Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Success! India’s Mars spacecraft enters orbit

In its first interplanetary mission, India successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday. Congratulations to India!

Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Water vapor in atmosphere of exoplanet four times Earth’s size

The exoplanet HAT P-11b – about Neptune’s size – has an atmosphere that’s cloudless at high altitudes. That’s how astronomers could identify water vapor there.

Image credit: Paul A. Cziko via University of Oregon
Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Ice crystals don’t melt inside these fish

Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as temperatures warm.

Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Astronomers observe mysterious winds from a T Tauri star

T Tauri stars – infant solar systems – were thought to have powerful stellar winds. Astronomers have now observed T Tauri winds and might know what’s causing them.

Storm surge from Hurricane Dennis on July 10, 2005, near Panacea, Florida.  Photo via USGS
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

History of storm surge in Florida strongly underestimated

Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.

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Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

Sneak preview: Colorful lunar eclipse on October 7-8

Before sunrise on October 8, the bright full moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of red. It’s a total lunar eclipse that’s visible from all parts of the U.S.

Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

Newfound dino had huge nose, but why?

This dinosaur probably didn’t have a keen sense of smell. Its big nose might have been used to attract mates, smash plants or recognize others of its species.

Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum on September 17, 2014. The red line in this image shows the 1981-2010 average minimum extent. Data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite.
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

2014 Arctic sea ice minimum sixth-lowest on record

Sea ice in the Arctic continued its below-average trend this year as ice declined to its annual minimum. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, sea ice was at a record high.

Science Wire | Sep 22, 2014

Success! MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft – first spacecraft dedicated to exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere – successfully entered orbit on September 21, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. EDT.

Science Wire | Sep 19, 2014

Supermassive black hole in a galaxy only 300 light-years wide

It’s an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.