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

Spacewalk trilogy complete! NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore (seen in this photo) ended their International Space Station spacewalk at 12:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Mar 02, 2015

Missed the spacewalks? Here’s video, photos

On Sunday, NASA astronauts completed their third spacewalk in eight days. Cool video and gorgeous pics from the trio of spacewalks.

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Science Wire | Mar 02, 2015

See Earth in Mars’ night sky

A human observer with normal vision, standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright evening or morning “stars.”

What better tribute?  Terry Virts in the International Space Station gives the vulcan salute.
Science Wire | Mar 02, 2015

Touching NASA tributes to Leonard Nimoy’s passing

Nimoy’s character Mr. Spock on Star Trek inspired generations of astronauts, space scientists and engineers, as well as space fans around the globe.

View larger. | Slushy waves on a Nantucket beach, February 20, 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Nimerfrosh.
Science Wire | Feb 28, 2015

Slushy wave off coast of Nantucket

Sure, the ocean freezes. But this photo of partly frozen waves – caught by photographer and surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh – fascinated even the experts.

Artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant and early universe.  Image via Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory.
Science Wire | Feb 27, 2015

Monster black hole at cosmic dawn

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than our sun – at the heart of the brightest quasar in the early universe – as the dark ages of the universe were just ending.

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Science Wire | Feb 27, 2015

What color is this dress?

Some say gold and some say blue. Here’s why you see what you see, from the guys at AsapSCIENCE.

Science Wire | Feb 27, 2015

Another breathtaking view of Comet Lovejoy

The comet was 51 million miles from Earth at the time – a short distance for the Dark Energy Camera, which is sensitive to light 8 billion light-years away.

This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Science Wire | Feb 25, 2015

Mysterious Ceres bright spot is double!

With the Dawn spacecraft just one week from its Ceres encounter, the dwarf planet’s strange bright spot is revealed to have a dimmer companion.

Comet C 2015 D1
Science Wire | Feb 25, 2015

Watch unusual comet sail past sun

Then stay tuned. This comet – named C/2015 D1 (SOHO) – might become visible in your evening sky. Maybe.

Spirit Lake, Idaho. Photo credit: Donny Mott
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Chinese rocket breaks up in northern lights

Lucky observers in western North America saw bright lights streaking in the sky Monday night – the disintegration of a Chinese rocket body. Photo and videos here!

Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Saharan dust feeds Amazon rainforest, perfectly

Phosphorus carried in Saharan dust to the Amazon rainforest each year turns out to be just enough to replace that lost from the rainforest due to rain and flooding.

Buddhist statue with mummy inside
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Buddhist statue has a mummy inside

The mummy inside this statue – which was found in China – appears to be a man 30 to 50 years old. He was apparently buried alive inside a chamber while meditating.

Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?

As we journey around the galaxy, our solar system might regularly interact with dark matter, which might dislodge Oort cloud comets and boost heat in Earth’s core.

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Science Wire | Feb 23, 2015

Can you be scared to death?

Short answer: Yes, it’s possible. Newest video by the AsapSCIENCE guys.

Lenticular cloud, by Chris Walker, 2008
Science Wire | Feb 23, 2015

Lenticular clouds look like UFOs

These lens-shaped clouds are often mistaken for UFOs. Here’s how they form, plus gorgeous photos and a video.

Artist's depiction of Scholz's star, a low-mass red dwarf star and brown dwarf companion (foreground) during its flyby of our solar system. The sun (left, background) would have appeared as a brilliant star.  Image via Michael Osadciw/University of Rochester.
Science Wire | Feb 21, 2015

Roaming star system a near miss!

Scholz’s star passed only 0.8 light-years from our sun, only 70,000 years ago. It came closer than any other known star, sweeping through the Oort comet cloud.

Science Wire | Feb 21, 2015

Filmmakers look to world’s loneliest whale

The whale sings in a sound frequency that is so unusual, no other whales will respond. Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier want to find it, and make a film about it.

View larger. |Image credit: NPS Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division
Science Wire | Feb 19, 2015

Map shows loudest, quietest places in U.S.

A new map created by the National Parks Service. Dark blue areas are the most quiet, light yellow are the loudest. Have a look.

Acquired February 15, 2015. Image credit: NASA/NOAA
Science Wire | Feb 18, 2015

Comma-like shape of February nor’easter

Satellite view of February 14-15 blizzard that hit the U.S northeast. As of February 17, Boston snow was deeper than in all but two locations in Alaska.

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Science Wire | Feb 18, 2015

Mystery plumes on Mars puzzle scientists

Amateur astronomers spotted them first, but they show up in Hubble images, too. Astronomers are scratching their heads, wondering these mystery plumes are.

Progress 58 launch, February 17, 2015
Science Wire | Feb 17, 2015

Russian supply ship launched to ISS today

It’s a fast-rendezvous, six-hour launch-to-dock mission to the International Space Station. Docking will occur later today. Online viewing details here.