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

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Science Wire | Mar 31, 2015

Auroras in motion

Take 3 minutes to watch this green and ghostly time-lapse video of the Alaskan northern lights. It was made from 4,450 photos by our friend Sergio Garcia Rill

Science Wire | Mar 31, 2015

Like coastlines? You’ll like this video

Should you spend a glorious summer day – or a cold, windy winter day – collecting beach-cast seabird carcasses in the name of citizen science? Maybe. Watch a video.

Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf photographed in October 2011 from NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft during an Operation IceBridge flight. Michael Studinger/NASA
Science Wire | Mar 31, 2015

Shrinking of Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating

If all the ice on Antarctica melted into the ocean, global sea level would rise about 200 feet, roughly the height of a 20-story building. Could this happen?

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator
Science Wire | Mar 31, 2015

Public invited to NASA flying saucer broadcast today

NASA’s rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle soon will fly into near-space. Join an hour-long live, interactive video broadcast on March 31.

March 17, 2015. Image credit; NASA
Science Wire | Mar 30, 2015

Before and after cyclone Pam

Views from above, before and after cyclone Pam devastated the island nation of Vanuatu earlier this month.

Mercury craters via MESSENGER
Science Wire | Mar 30, 2015

Passing comets painted Mercury black

Scientists say comet dust is the invisible paint causing the surface of the innermost planet Mercury to be only barely reflective.

Stream in Zackenberg drainage. Imge credit: Mikkel Tamstrof
Science Wire | Mar 30, 2015

Greenland glacier melt increases mercury discharge

As glaciers melt, streams carry more mercury into the ocean, increasing risk of mercury poisoning in humans and wildlife in Greenland and in adjacent coastal countries.

Another lucky shot of the March 29 moon and Jupiter inside a lunar halo, from Amy Van Aartsdalen.
Science Wire | Mar 30, 2015

See it! This weekend’s moon and Jupiter

Thank you to all in the EarthSky community who posted photos of the moon and Jupiter on March 29, 2015!

Artist's concept of black hole winds, via ESA.
Science Wire | Mar 29, 2015

Black hole winds stop star formation

It’s the first time astronomers have seen a supermassive black hole in action, blowing away its galaxy’s reservoir of star-making gas.

View larger. |  Nova Sag number 2 via Tom Wildoner.
Science Wire | Mar 29, 2015

Nova Sagittarii observation, March 29

The brightness of this unusual nova has gone up and down and now back up again. EarthSky friend Tom Wildoner tells you how to see the nova before it’s gone!

Science Wire | Mar 27, 2015

India’s Mars probe has fuel for extended mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was expected to end on March 24. But it turns out that the probe could have another 6 months of life left in it.

Science Wire | Mar 27, 2015

Curiosity rover detects nitrogen on Mars

The discovery adds to the evidence that ancient Mars was habitable for life.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Mar 27, 2015

Video: What is a pulsar?

Hear the word “pulsar” and wonder what it is? Take 95 seconds to watch this video from NASA Astrophysics.

Science Wire | Mar 26, 2015

Super salamander nearly ate our ancestors

The thing that got us off the hook? A big hot interception 200 million years ago.

Photo credit: NASA
Science Wire | Mar 26, 2015

First one-year ISS crew to launch Friday

The goal of the mission is to find out how the human body responds to a prolonged stay in space. Watch the launch, watch the arrival.

This map shows the rover's entire traverse from landing to that point. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NMMNHS
Science Wire | Mar 26, 2015

Mars rover finishes first-ever marathon on another world

On Tuesday, the Mars rover Opportunity completed a marathon – 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers). Its finish time? Eleven years and 2 months.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 800 miles from the Noth Pole.  Image via Norway's Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
Science Wire | Mar 25, 2015

‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May

A new documentary film tracks the history and mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – sometimes called the Doomsday Vault – and its founder Cary Fowler.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Does wandering Jupiter account for our strange solar system?

Jupiter may have swept through the early solar system like a wrecking ball, destroying a first generation of inner planets before retreating into its current orbit.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Highest and lowest points on Earth

Ever wonder how high the highest points on Earth are, in contrast to the deepest manmade boreholes and ocean trenches? Check out this fascinating infographic.

Imaging of the rock in the Warburton Basin revealed deformation consistent with a huge impact. Image credit: ANU
Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Largest asteroid impact zone in Australia

Scientists believe a huge impact scar, hundreds of miles wide, came from an asteroid that broke in two moments before slamming into the central Australian outback.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Dwarf planet Ceres gets place names

First topographical map of Ceres with named quadrangles. Scientists announced the names at last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.