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

Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Tiny, but still densest known galaxies

Smaller in width than our Milky Way, their stars are packed 10,000 to a million times more densely than in our sun’s neighborhood. Imagine the night sky!

Image Credit: John Fowler
Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Night thunderstorms: Top things to know

For anyone who’s been stirred out of bed in the middle of the night by a clap of thunder: Here’s info about those intense storms that happen after the sun sets.

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Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

6.9-magnitude strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

This region is on the Pacific Ocean’s ‘ring of fire’ – where great land plates meet and one dives beneath another – and so is subject to frequent earthquakes.

Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Latest images of Pluto’s flowing ice

Latest images from NASA’s July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, showing evidence of an active surface on Pluto with flowing nitrogen ice.

Science Wire | Jul 27, 2015

Infographic: Pluto!

Pluto info at a glance, from our friends at space-facts.com.

Moon shot with blue filter via our friend Jv Noriega
Science Wire | Jul 26, 2015

Next Blue Moon is July 31

The moon was full on July 2, and it’ll be full again on July 31. The second of two full moons in a calendar month is often called a Blue Moon.

Artist's concept of a pulsar punching a hole in a stellar disk
Science Wire | Jul 26, 2015

Pulsar punches hole in stellar disk

Two stars in a double system are not playing nice. One star, a pulsar, has punched a hole in the disk of the other, sending debris outward at 7% of light speed!

Artist's concept of Kepler 452b, an older, bigger cousin to Earth.  Image via NASA
Science Wire | Jul 23, 2015

Kepler-452b is older, bigger Earth cousin

The Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone – or zone where liquid water can exist – around a sunlike star.

Education and warnings, such as this one in California, can help. Photo credit: Gino Zahnd/flickr
Science Wire | Jul 23, 2015

Good news! More sharks!

White shark populations are growing. Here’s why that’s good news.

A snapshot image from a computer simulation of a star disrupted by a supermassive black hole. The red-orange plumes show ... [more]
Image courtesy of J. Guillochon (Harvard University) and E. Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California at Santa Cruz)
Science Wire | Jul 23, 2015

What black holes like to eat

Astronomers have caught a monster black hole in the act of eating a star. But, they say, stars are not standard fare for black holes.

A second range of ice mountains has been discovered on Pluto.  Image via New Horizons spacecraft as it passed near on July 14, 2015.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

More ice mountains in Pluto’s heart

A second range of ice mountains has been found on Pluto, in images from New Horizons.

Colorado flooding by Nina Embervine in Lyons, Colorado.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

New NASA video on flood prediction

Predicting flooding is notoriously difficult, but predictions are improving. Timely video in light of James Hansen’s prediction this week of catastrophic flooding in New York and other coastal cities before the end of this century.

Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

How mosquitoes find you to bite you

Mosquitoes use a triple threat of visual, olfactory, and thermal cues to home in on their human targets, a new Caltech study suggests.

View larger. | Pluto moons Nix and Hydra, imaged by New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2015

Closest views yet of Nix and Hydra

Pluto has five known moons, and it’s a bit surprising that New Horizons hasn’t found any new ones yet. Newly released images show small moons Nix and Hydra.

The layer of the Earth we live on is broken into a dozen or so rigid slabs (called tectonic plates by geologists) that are moving relative to one another.  Image via USGS
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2015

Earth elements dictate whether plate tectonics can happen

And plate tectonics may be essential for life. A new theory of Earth’s composition suggests another factor to consider in the search for habitable exoplanets.

Image credit: CERN
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2015

Large Hadron Collider discovers new particle

They’re calling them pentaquarks. What you need to know of the latest discovery about the tiny particles that make up our world.

360º view around the point of Philae's final touchdown. The three feet of Philae’s landing gear can be seen in some of the frames. Superimposed on top of the image is a sketch of the Philae lander in the configuration the lander team believed it was in November 2014.  Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

Philae comet lander falls silent

The Rosetta team is hoping that a software patch will help re-establish reliable contact with the little Philae lander, lodged somewhere on the comet’s surface.

Breakthrough Listen is the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. T
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

Unprecedented $100 million SETI initiative

Breakthrough Listen initiative, announced Monday, will scan the nearest million stars, plus stars in 100 other galaxies, for signs of an advanced civilization.

Image credit:  JD Hancock
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

Intelligent life in the universe?

Scientific arguments suggest that alien civilizations should be common in our galaxy. If so, where is everybody? That question is known as the Fermi paradox.

For State of the Climate in 2014 maps, images and highlights, visit Climate.gov. Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

State of the climate 2014: Record warmth

New report – released by American Meteorological Society – based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world.

Image Credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2015

This date in science: Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

Today is the 46th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.