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

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Science Wire | Aug 01, 2014

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

Mystery crater in Yamal peninsula probably caused by methane release

Thawing permafrost likely allowed methane gas to be released, creating the large hole in permafrost found in northern Russia, says the Russian team that investigated it.

Artist's concept of Rosetta spacecraft
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

High-level detail as Rosetta gets closer, and closer, to its comet

Yes, Virginia, comets are dirty snowballs. Latest image from the inbound Rosetta spacecraft, now less than 2,000 km from its comet and closing fast.

An artistic conception of the early Earth, showing a surface pummeled by large impacts. Image credit: Credit: Simone Marchi/SwRI.
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

Asteroid impacts may have buried Earth’s earliest rocks

More than 4 billion years ago, giant asteroid impacts melted, mixed and buried the surface of Earth

Snow on Jaffa Road, one of the longest and oldest major streets in Jerusalem.  Photo via Flickr user Miriam Mezzera.  Click here for more details on this photo.
Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

More heat waves and cold snaps ahead

Climate extremes are here to stay, say researchers.

Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

Deep-sea octopus guards her eggs for nearly 4.5 years

This Octomom was observed to set a new record – 53 months – for the longest brooding period of any known animal.

Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

Around August 10, the biggest and brightest full moon of 2014 will face off against everyone’s favorite meteor shower — and the outcome could be beautiful.

Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Wildly misaligned planet-forming disks in binary star system HK Tau

There’ve been hints in the past that this type of misaligned system exists, but this is the cleanest and most striking example, astronomers say.

SWERUS expedition preliminary cruise plan and study areas of Leg 1 and 2. EEZ=Exclusive Economic Zone; LR=Lomonosov Ridge; MR=Mendeleev Ridge; HC=Herald Canyon; NSI=New Siberian Islands.
Image via Daily Kos via University of Stockholm.
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

“We are ‘sniffing’ methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera … All analysis tells the signs. We are in a [methane] mega flare.”

An image of the Andromeda galaxy, Messier 31.  Image credit: Adam Evans
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Milky Way is about half as massive as Andromeda galaxy, say astronomers

Dark matter makes up 90% of the matter in both systems, the study finds.

Science Wire | Jul 29, 2014

101 geysers on Enceladus, ice moon of Saturn

Researchers have concluded that the only plausible source for the geysers is an underground sea now known to exist beneath Enceladus’ icy surface.

Photo credit: John Spooner/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 29, 2014

We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

Since 1500, more than 320 land animals have gone extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline.

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, working on Mars since January 2004, passed 25 miles of total driving on July 27, 2014. The gold line on this map shows Opportunity's route from the landing site inside Eagle Crater (upper left) to its location after the July 27 (Sol 3735) drive. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NMMNHS
Science Wire | Jul 29, 2014

Mars rover set an off-world driving distance record this week

NASA’s Opportunity rover, still going after 10 years on Mars, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record with 25 miles of driving.

Artist's illustration of the feathered dinosaur Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus based on fossils discovered in Siberia. Image credit: Andrey Atuchin
Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Did all dinosaurs have feathers?

A newly-discovered species suggests that feathers were much more common among dinosaurs than once thought.

Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Webcam sees baby sea turtles hatch and head toward sea

These baby loggerhead sea turtles hatched from their eggs and began their march to the sea on Friday night, July 25, around 9 p.m.

Science Wire | Jul 27, 2014

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.

In this artist's conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze - the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically CFCs, in the atmospheres of Earth-sized planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Image credit: Christine Pulliam (CfA)
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

Maybe some extra-terrestrials pollute their planets too.

Image credit Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

See which parts of the U.S. are losing groundwater

This map shows the amount of water stored in underground aquifers in the U.S. on July 7, 2014, in contrast to the average from 1948 to 2009.

Hurricane Mitch, 1998
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Nature’s roadblock to accurate seasonal hurricane forecasts

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 9.10.00 AM
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Video: Joshua Tree nights

Shot in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Relax … and enjoy the night sky.

Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.