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

This image shows ozone concentrations above Antarctica on Sept. 11, 2014. Image credit: NASA.
Science Wire | Oct 31, 2014

2014 Antarctic ozone hole

The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size in September. The size of this year’s hole was about the same as last year’s

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Science Wire | Oct 31, 2014

Why do we scream?

Despite our fascination with screams, science knows relatively little about them. The psychology of screams …

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Science Wire | Oct 30, 2014

The weird walk of a bizarre dinosaur

Computer animation of Deinocheirus mirificus walking. The bizarre-looking dinosaur had unusually large forearms and features that seem cobbled together from other dinosaurs.

View larger. |  This artist’s impression shows the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A. Researchers using ALMA have detected gas in the region between two discs in this binary system. This may allow planets to form in the gravitationally perturbed environment of the binary. Half of Sun-like stars are born in binary systems, meaning that these findings will have major consequences for the hunt for exoplanets.  Image via ESO/L. Calçada
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Star system like a wheel within a wheel

Scientists found dust and gas flowing from an outer disk around a star toward a possible second, smaller disk around a second star. Planets may be forming here!

Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Success in the search for quiet, distant quasars

If quasars weren’t so luminous, we couldn’t see them so far away in space and time. But how about modest quasars, also far away? Astronomers say they’ve found some.

Transmission electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion. Image credit: Frederick Murphy / CDC.
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Ebola is at least 16 million years old, says study

Ebola’s first documented outbreak was in 1976. But the Ebola virus family has been around for 16 to 23 million years, says new research.

View larger. |  Chinese Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this extraordinary view of Earth over the far side of the moon on  October 28, 2014.
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Extraordinary shot of moon’s far side and Earth, from Chang’e

The Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft has now rounded the lunar far side and is on the return leg of its journey to the moon, due to land back on Earth on Friday.

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Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Spectacular explosion at launch for Antares rocket

Watch the NASATV live broadcast of the catastrophic launch failure. The rocket was bound for the International Space Station, loaded with supplies.

The Deepwater Horizon oil is likely at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.  Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Where is the missing Deepwater Horizon oil?

Researchers trace oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill to the Gulf of Mexico’s deep floor

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Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Exciting Rosetta space mission inspires a magical short film

A very good 7-minute film, called Ambition. It’s not like any film about space exploration you’ve ever seen. The Rosetta comet mission lies at its heart.

The bright light in the lower right of the sun shows an X-class solar flare on Oct. 26, 2014, as captured by NASA's SDO. This was the third X-class flare in 48 hours, which erupted from the largest active region seen on the sun in 24 years. Image credit: NASA/SDO
Science Wire | Oct 27, 2014

A week of solar flares at one giant sunspot

The biggest sunspot on the face of the sun in more than two decades erupted on October 26 with its sixth substantial flare in a week.

This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m. EDT October 19, 2014. Image credit: NASA, ESA, PSI, JHU/APL, STScI/AURA
Science Wire | Oct 26, 2014

Cool composite of Comet Siding Spring near Mars

Hubble image of close passage of Comet Siding Spring near Mars. The comet passed Mars at about a third the distance between Earth and the moon on October 19.

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Science Wire | Oct 26, 2014

Video: Lightning photobombs a double rainbow

Amazing double rainbow arcs across the sky. Lightning gets in on the act.

Image via NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger
Science Wire | Oct 23, 2014

Starquake sets magnetar ringing like a bell

Astronomers have observed signals from a highly magnetized neutron star, indicating starquakes that set the neutron star ringing like a bell.

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Science Wire | Oct 23, 2014

Video: 3D flight over Mars chaotic terrain

Get out your 3D glasses and watch a flyover of the weird landforms on Mars know as chaotic terrain.

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Science Wire | Oct 23, 2014

Sun may delay plans for sending humans to Mars

Less solar activity indicates a weaker magnetic field on the sun. A weak field lets cosmic rays into the solar system, posing a radiation hazard for astronauts.

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Science Wire | Oct 22, 2014

View from space: Southwestern U.S. at night

Two cool nighttime photos by astronauts aboard the ISS. Check out the bright city lights.

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Science Wire | Oct 21, 2014

New 3D map of the cosmic web

A team of astronomers has created the first three-dimensional map of the adolescent universe, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang.

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Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

Video: Solar eclipse on October 23

Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the partial solar eclipse this Thursday.

Comet Siding Spring (lower left) passes Mars on October 19, 2014.  Photo by Damian Peach.  Used with permission.
Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

Best photos: Comet Siding Spring sweeps past Mars

A sight never seen before in recorded history … an encounter between Mars and a close-passing comet on October 19, 2014.

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Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

How often might Hawaii get a monster tsunami?

Scientists say that the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was a thousand-year event. A monster wave might strike Hawaii about as often.