Those who admire the shape of a Christmas tree might like to know that its shape has evolved in response to wind, snow, and light.
The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.
With a small ‘scope or large binoculars, you can catch Comet Finlay. It’ll be near Mars on December 23 and 24. Cool photo opportunity for those equipped to catch it!
How sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, as seen from geosynchronous orbit.
There’s a unique collage of more than 100 trillion microorganisms living on and in you that are essential to your life and part of what makes you, well, you. It’s your microbiome.
Recent photos of Wisdom – the world’s oldest known, banded wild bird at an estimated age of 63 – with her newest egg. Go, Wisdom!
Listen to how these waves cause surrounding ionized matter to ring like a bell. You’ve never heard anything from farther away …
Curiosity rover has now measured a dramatic spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the Martian air, plus other organic molecules in a Martian rock.
Many believe Earth’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. But that is not the case.
Competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. Submit ideas December 15, 2014, to January 15, 2015. Finalists go to the IAU for selection of five winners.
A new study looks at how birds localize sounds. It seems that their slightly oval-shaped head transforms sound waves in a similar way to external ears.
Humans and vocal birds like parrots use essentially the same genes to speak.
Big bird news! A consortium of 200 scientists in 20 countries has released its first results on the origins and diversity of birds. Overview plus video here.
Songbirds and other birds sprang from dinosaurs, too. But new work indicates that chickens and turkeys are genetically closest to their dino ancestors.
High plains storms. The opening is brilliant …. the end is awesome. (You’ll like the rest too.) Video by Nicolaus Wegner.
There’s three times the concentration of deuterium-enriched water (heavy water) in the vapor from Rosetta’s comet as in the water on Earth.
Oo la la! Big organic compounds called PAHs may “strip” to create buckyballs in space.
The Curiosity rover on Mars is exploring the base of Mount Sharp, within the Gale Crater. Did the crater hold a series of lakes? Did lake sediments create the mountain?
Calculations by NASA and Harvard say the closest the asteroid will get to Earth is about 2.7 million miles – over 10 times the moon’s distance – in April 2047.
It’s awake! On Saturday, the New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation, at the doorstep of Pluto.
1 Ceres is the largest and most massive object in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Dawn will reach it in March, 2015.