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

Science Wire | Aug 20, 2014

Wow! Spectacular landscape of star formation

New image of star-forming regions in southern Milky Way. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light-years away. Glowing gas clouds NGC 3576 is about half as far.

This is a reconstruction of the Burgess Shale animal Hallucigenia sparsa. Image credit: Elyssa Rider
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Bizarre-looking fossil has finally been identified

This strange fossil – a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head that’s difficult to distinguish from its tail – has been linked with a group of modern velvet worms.

View larger. | A routine wheel survey on sol 631 found the right rear wheel perched atop a spike-shaped rock firmly embedded in the ground.
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Curiosity rover is having wheel problems

Mission planners didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has sharp, pyramid-shaped rocks embedded in hard ground.

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Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Strange case of M82 X-1: A rare midsize black hole

A black hole candidate known as M82 X-1 appears to have a mass of about 400 suns, making it one of only half a dozen suspected midsize black holes.

Curiosity self-portrait Feb. 3, 2013 via NASA
Science Wire | Aug 18, 2014

Video: Our Curiosity

A video love letter to the Curiosity rover on Mars, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day.

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

How to 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.

Potential landing sites on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Credits: ESA / CNES (Centre National d'études Spatiales) / German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) / Rosetta.
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2014

Potential landing sites on Rosetta’s comet

Rosetta comet mission scientists and engineers will meet later this coming weekend to narrow the selection for the mission’s Philae lander to five potential landing sites.

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Science Wire | Aug 16, 2014

New video of Pluto and giant moon Charon

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft created this new video of stills taken of the Pluto-Charon system over five days last month.

Science Wire | Aug 14, 2014

First dust grains from beyond our solar system

A collector dropped to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft may have contained the first known contemporary dust grains from outside our solar system.

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Science Wire | Aug 13, 2014

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch explained

In light of the sheer physical enormity of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the complexity of its causes, what can we possibility do about it?

Ligeia Mare, a northern sea of Titan. Image via NASA.
Science Wire | Aug 13, 2014

Watch clouds move over a methane sea on Titan

NASA has released an animation of methane clouds moving above a hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s large moon, Titan.

Science Wire | Aug 13, 2014

Video: It’s giant panda triplets!

They are the world’s only known surviving set of giant panda triplets, born at a zoo in southern China. All three are adorable … and expected to survive.

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Science Wire | Aug 12, 2014

Video: Baby elephant sees ocean for the first time

To celebrate World Elephant Day … It’s an EarthSky favorite!

Artist's concept by Suman Satyal via UT Arlington
Science Wire | Aug 12, 2014

A new way to search for exomoons

We now know more than 1,800 exoplanets – worlds orbiting distant suns – but zero exomoons. UT Arlington physicists propose a new way to search for them.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Science Wire | Aug 12, 2014

The eye of Saturn

Like a giant eye, the great vortex at the north pole of planet Saturn stares back at the Cassini spacecraft as Cassini stares at it.

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Science Wire | Aug 11, 2014

Video: Colliding atmospheres of Mars and Comet Siding Spring

Martian auroras? Maybe a meteor shower? What Mars satellites might see when Comet Siding Spring sweeps super close to Mars this October.

Science Wire | Aug 11, 2014

Video: Rosetta’s race to map its comet

Last week, Rosetta became the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with a comet. Now the spacecraft is in a race against time. Rosetta’s next challenges, here.

Full moon photo via Lee Capps.
Science Wire | Aug 10, 2014

Video: Why does the moon look so big on the horizon?

August 10 supermoon is the closest full moon for 2014. It might look super big seen near a horizon. But all horizon moons look big, due to the moon illusion.

Science Wire | Aug 10, 2014

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives as Perseid meteor shower starts to peak.

Science Wire | Aug 09, 2014

Weak supernova might have left zombie star

Astronomers used Hubble Space Telescope images to spot a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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Science Wire | Aug 09, 2014

Watch this Great White chomp down on underwater sharkcam

Impressive, but … yikes!