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

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Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Hear the birth of an iceberg

Different types of ice loss from glaciers produce distinct rumbles, snaps and splashes as icebergs are born. Have a listen!

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Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Astrophysicists’ update on enormous and unexpected Fermi bubbles

Discovered in 2010, two vast and mysterious Fermi bubbles radiate out from our Milky Way galaxy’s core. An update from the three astrophysicists who found them.

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Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Huge distant planet has rings 200 times larger than Saturn’s

It’s a super Saturn, 434 light-years from Earth. It has more than 30 rings, with a total diameter of some 120 million kilometers. If we could replace Saturn’s rings with these rings, they’d be easily visible from Earth and larger in our sky than a full moon.

Global view of Vesta in natural color

Vesta is one of the more colorful asteroids in the solar system. This view is composed of 17 individual color frames, carefully assembled and draped over a digital model of the shape of Vesta. The color has been corrected to match Vesta's visible spectrum.
Science Wire | Jan 28, 2015

Flowing water on Vesta?

Who knew asteroids could have flowing water? They are so small, airless and cold that the idea seems surprising, to say the least. The latest evidence, here.

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Science Wire | Jan 28, 2015

View from space: India by night and by day

Two photos taken by astronauts – one at night and the other in daylight – show the peninsula of southern India.

Artist’s illustration of Planetary Society’s LightSail, set against the backdrop of the Milky Way.
Science Wire | Jan 28, 2015

Planetary Society to test its LightSail solar sail in May

Space travel by LightSail relies on thin, lightweight reflective sails, powered by the sun. First the May launch, then a second launch planned for 2016.

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Astronomers discover oldest known Earth-sized planets yet

When our sun and planets were born, the Kepler-444 system was already older than our solar system is now.

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Stunning panorama from Opportunity rover on Mars marks 11th year

A panoramic view of the desert world next door, from one of the highest elevations reached by the Mars rover Opportunity in its 11 years on the Red Planet.

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.

What fun!  A moon for asteroid 2004 BL86!
Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Asteroid that flew past Earth on Monday has a moon!

Radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86 confirm the primary asteroid is 1,100 feet (325 meters) across with a small moon 230 feet (70 meters) across.

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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.

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Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

How to take photos of snowflakes

Try it yourself! With a little preparation and a good camera and with a macro lens, you can take your own photos of snowflakes.

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera shows part of a large fracture in the neck of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Image via ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team.
Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

The intriguing crack in Rosetta’s comet, and more

Scientists publish a slew of science results from the Rosetta comet mission. Among the most fascinating … a crack in the comet’s neck! Plus dust and jets, the mysterious double-lobed shape, and more.

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Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

Seasons are changing on Rosetta’s comet

Two photos from the Rosetta spacecraft – one from last November, and one from a few days ago – show a comet’s seasons changing.

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Science Wire | Jan 24, 2015

Is our Milky Way a wormhole?

In theory, our home galaxy Milky Way could be a wormhole – a galactic transport system – says a team of astrophysicists.

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.

Image credit: ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA/Univ. Oxford
Science Wire | Jan 21, 2015

Venus vortex!

This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a huge mass of swirling gas and cloud at planet Venus’ south pole, as seen by ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft.

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Science Wire | Jan 21, 2015

Video: The scientific power of meditation

Once you watch this video, you’ll understand why people have been practicing meditation for thousands of years.

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Science Wire | Jan 20, 2015

Video: How the smell of rain happens

When a raindrop hits a surface, tiny air bubbles burst from the drop in a fizz of aerosols. Watch the high-speed video.

Science Wire | Jan 19, 2015

Ceres’ mysterious white spot seen in new Dawn image

Dawn spacecraft now closing in on dwarf planet Ceres. Image is for navigation purposes; next one due late January. And what is that white spot, anyway?

View larger. | View zoomable image. | A portion of the Andromeda galaxy via NASA/ESA.
Science Wire | Jan 19, 2015

Video: Fly through the largest picture ever taken

Fly-through video of the largest image ever taken, of the Andromeda galaxy, nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. Prepare to feel small!