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

Image via Flickr user Kelly DeLay
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Tornado Alley storm season starting and ending earlier

Peak tornado activity typically occurs in the region from early May to early July. It has moved an average of seven days earlier over the past six decades.

Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Racing toward Pluto, spacecraft spies tiny moon Hydra

The New Horizons spacecraft – due to encounter Pluto in July 2015 – has spotted Pluto’s small, faint, outermost known moon, called Hydra.

The sculptor galaxy - also known as NGC 253 - is an example of a disk galaxy.  It has a flat, circular disk containing gas, dusk and most of the galaxy's stars.  Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Merging galaxies can produce disk galaxies

Astronomers thought mergers formed giant elliptical galaxies. Now, for at least 24 observed galaxies, mergers have formed flattened, circular disks of dust and gas.

Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

New map of 15 years of CO2 emissions

An international research team has developed a new system to quantify 15 years of CO2 emissions, every hour, for the entire planet, down to the city scale.

NASA Earth Observatory images created by Jesse Allen, using digital photographs provided by Kelly Brunt, MABEL campaign.
Science Wire | Sep 16, 2014

Earthquake-induced landslide at Seward Glacier

NASA scientists were in the right place at the right time this summer to capture photos of a fresh landslide, caused by an Alaska earthquake.

Science Wire | Sep 16, 2014

New catalog of visible Milky Way charts 219 million stars

Astronomers spent 10 years charting stars brighter than 20th magnitude – that’s about 1 million times fainter than can be seen with the human eye.

Image credit: Davide Bonadonna
Science Wire | Sep 15, 2014

Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water

Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.

Closeup on Site J, the landing site for the Philae lander in ESA's exciting Rosetta comet mission.
Science Wire | Sep 15, 2014

ESA announces landing site on Rosetta’s comet

Rosetta spacecraft has been moving in tandem with its comet since August. On Monday, ESA announced the site of a November landing.

Image credit: University of Birmingham
Science Wire | Sep 12, 2014

New scans reveal hidden monuments of Stonehenge

The startling results of a new survey include 17 previously unknown monuments and dozens of burial mounds surrounding Stonehenge.

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5. Imabe courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State University
Science Wire | Sep 12, 2014

First evidence for water-ice clouds outside our solar system

The first evidence for water-ice clouds on an object beyond our solar system. It’s a brown dwarf, one of our closest neighbors, only 7 light-years away.

Aurora borealis by FairbanksMike
Science Wire | Sep 12, 2014

Significant auroras predicted for tonight

Reports from NOAA and elsewhere predict a chance of significant auroras, possibly observable as far south as the northern U.S. and maybe even farther south.

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Science Wire | Sep 11, 2014

Video: Jellyfish flame on the ISS

Fire in space doesn’t act like fire here on Earth. Untethered by gravity, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls.

Science Wire | Sep 11, 2014

Rosetta spacecraft selfie with comet

An otherworldly take take on an earthly trend, as Rosetta poses with its comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

This is an artist's concept of a quasar: a supermasive black hole at the center of a faraway galaxy.  Image via European Southern Observatory
Science Wire | Sep 11, 2014

Astronomers solve 20-year-old quasar mystery

New works suggests most observed quasar phenomena depend on two things: how efficiently a central black hole is being fed and the astronomer’s viewing orientation.

Dark matter models, via Durham University
Science Wire | Sep 09, 2014

Why our Milky Way galaxy has fewer satellites than expected

European cosmologists and particle physicists come together to tweak an accepted model of how cold dark matter helps build galaxies in our universe.

Several morphologically different regions are indicated in this preliminary map, which is oriented with the comet’s ‘body’ in the foreground and the ‘head’ in the background.  Image via ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Science Wire | Sep 09, 2014

A preliminary map of different regions on Rosetta’s comet

The comet turns out to be a unique, multifaceted world. We now know comets can have cliffs, depressions, craters, boulders or even parallel grooves.

Saturn and rings via Cassini
Science Wire | Sep 09, 2014

Moonlets are born and quickly die in Saturn’s F ring

Tiny moons, no bigger than large mountains, may coalesce and collide with the densest part of the ring, creating luminous knots. But the moons don’t last long.

Ozone hole over Antarctica at the peak of this year's season of ozone depletion, October, 2013.  Image via NASA/Ozone Hole Watch.
Science Wire | Sep 08, 2014

What’s the source of a mysterious ozone-depleting chemical?

The Montreal Protocol put the brakes on ozone-depleting chemicals 30 years ago. But one compound is still abundant in Earth’s atmosphere. Where’s it coming from?

Photo credit: J Gilpatrick/M Lynn/NOAA
Science Wire | Sep 08, 2014

California blue whales rebound from whaling

In a conservation success story, the number of California blue whales has rebounded to near historical levels after being hunted to near extinction.

Artist's concept via NASA
Science Wire | Sep 07, 2014

Small asteroid to sweep safely past Earth Sunday

Asteroid passes near Earth on September 7. At its closest (18:18 UTC / 2:18 p.m. EDT), it’s about the same distance from Earth as weather and communications satellites.

The Global Shorebird Counting is one of the key events of the World Shorebirds Day. This is not particularly a citizen science program, but rather an effort to rise awareness for the importance of regular bird monitoring as the core element of bird protection and habitat conservation.  Photo via World Shore Bird Day.
Science Wire | Sep 06, 2014

Today is the first-ever World Shorebirds Day

Saturday, September 6, 2014, is the first World Shorebird Day. How to participate, here.