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

This spider from the genus Selenops is about two inches across and hunts in the tree canopy at night for its prey.Photo credit: Stephen Yanoviak / University of Kentucky.
Science Wire | Aug 28, 2015

Skydiving spider discovered in South America

Biologists have discovered a nocturnal hunting spider that can steer while falling. Watch it glide!

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Science Wire | Aug 28, 2015

Got a minute? Climate change/sea level rise

How is climate change connected to sea level rise? One-minute video explains.

Gray wolves in snow. Image credit: University of Buffalo
Science Wire | Aug 27, 2015

Did glaciers lure wolves back to California?

More than 90 years after California’s last wolf was killed, a pack has been observed near Mt. Shasta. Are the mountain’s glaciers a reason the wolves chose this location?

View larger. | The narrow F ring located just outside of the outer edge of the main rings. Two satellites sandwiching the F ring slightly above and to the left of the center of the image are the shepherd satellites Prometheus (inner orbit) and Pandora (outer orbit).
Science Wire | Aug 26, 2015

Origin of Saturn’s F ring and shepherd moons

The F ring, Saturn’s outermost ring, is perhaps the most active ring in our solar system, with features changing on a timescale of hours.

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Science Wire | Aug 26, 2015

New images from Dawn mission to Ceres

Dawn spacecraft has now moved to within about 900 miles (1,500 km) from the dwarf planet Ceres. See some early images from its new, closer orbit.

Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Aug 26, 2015

Want to see Earth’s super predator? Look in the mirror.

Our efficient killing technologies have given rise to the human super predator. Our impacts are as extreme as our behavior, says study.

A frozen lake of water-ice on the floor of a 35 km wide impact crater on Mars. Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
Science Wire | Aug 26, 2015

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.

The nautilus known as Allonautilus scrobiculatus off the coast of Ndrova Island in Papua New Guinea. Image via Peter Ward
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2015

Rediscovering a rare South Pacific nautilus

In July, scientists spotted a rare South Pacific nautilus – considered to be one of the rarest animals on Earth – for the first time in three decades.

Illustration showing one of the highest-energy neutrino events of this study, superimposed on a view of the IceCube Lab at the South Pole. Evidence of the neutrinos heralds a new form of astronomy.
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2015

Cosmic neutrinos confirmed at South Pole

Researchers say these high-energy neutrinos come from sources beyond our Milky Way galaxy. They say the ability to discover them heralds a new form of astronomy.

On August 21, 2015 the Aqua satellite captured this image of the smoke from the fires on the west coast of the United States wafting eastward on the jet stream.  In this image the smoke is obscuring parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Residents of these states are on notice that sunsets will be much redder and more orange as long as the smoke lingers over their area. The reason? The size of the smoke particles is just right for filtering out other colors meaning that red, pink and orange colors can be seen more vividly in the sky. Image credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team.
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2015

No end in sight for western US wildfires

Satellite images capture the ongoing onslaught of wildfires in the U.S. West.

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Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Fire fountains on moon mystery solved

A new explanation for the driving force behind ancient fire fountain eruptions on the moon. Plus … do some volatiles on the moon and Earth have a common origin?

Moon shot with blue filter via our friend Jv Noriega
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

When is the next Blue Moon?

The next Blue Moon will be on May 21, 2016. It’s a seasonal Blue Moon, the third of four full moons between the March equinox and the June solstice of 2016.

Image acquired from International Space Station, August 10, 2015.
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Captures of elusive red sprites from ISS

Why are sprites elusive? It doesn’t help that they flash on millisecond timescales. Also, they’re above thunderstorms, usually blocked from view on the ground.

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Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Global warming makes California drought worse

A new study suggests that natural forces are behind California’s drought, but that global warming has contributed 8-27% to the drought’s severity.

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Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Everything you need to know: zodiacal light or false dawn

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.

Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Amazing views of Saturn’s icy moon Dione

The Cassini spacecraft made its final flyby of Saturn’s moon Dione last week. Check out the spacecraft’s final breathtaking close views.

Land and ocean temperature percentiles July 2015. View larger. |  Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Aug 21, 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded

Last month’s average global temperature was the all-time highest monthly temperature since record-keeping began in 1880.

Artist’s impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star. Similar objects in the solar system likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth and represent the building blocks of the terrestrial planets. Image credit: Mark A. Garlick / University of Warwick
Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

No asteroid threatening Earth in September

Despite rumors, no asteroid threatens Earth. All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of hitting Earth in the next 100 years, says NASA.

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Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

Why do volcanoes erupt?

Volcanoes are channels that transfer molten rock from Earth’s crust to the surface. Here’s why eruptions happen.

Rock formation in Ebihens, France
Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

Seeing things that aren’t there

Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos and to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.

August 16, 2015. View larger. |  Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

View from space: Fires in US Pacific Northwest

Wildfire outbreaks have charred nearly 7 million acres this summer. Satellite view of several fires burning in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.