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2016 hottest year for 3rd straight year

NASA and NOAA announced today that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally – and the 3rd year in a row of record warming – continuing a decades-long warming trend.

Watch soap bubbles freeze

A photographer in St. Paul, Minnesota captured this mesmerizing footage of soap bubbles freezing. It looks like time-lapse but it’s actually in real time!

Seeking Alpha Centauri’s unseen planets

A new agreement between the European Southern Observatory and Breakthrough Initiatives will let ESO’s Very Large Telescope seek planets in the star system next door.

NASA begins new astronaut sleep study

A new NASA study is investigating how different light intensities and spectra can be used to help regulate astronauts’ patterns of alertness and sleep.

NASA announces 2 new asteroid missions

NASA’s new Lucy mission will tour 6 Trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s orbit. The other mission will go to 16 Psyche, a metal asteroid.

Star predicted to explode in 2022

If and when 2 stars in this binary system merge – as predicted – they’ll increase in brightness 10 thousandfold, temporarily becoming a bright star in Earth’s sky.

How your brain plays tricks on your eyes

Your eyes aren’t always telling the truth, thanks to your brain. Fun video from the guys at AsapSCIENCE.

New app identifies birds from photos

Snap a pic, and the (free) Merlin Bird Photo ID app will identify the bird. Once downloaded, it can go anywhere bird-watchers go, even places without cell service or Wi-Fi.

Top 16 Earth images of 2016

Take a few minutes to enjoy these images of our planet taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Cold Neptunes an exoplanet sweet spot?

As astronomers explore distance solar systems, what can they expect to find? A new study suggests likely Neptune-mass worlds in solar systems’ icy outer realms.

The water whorls of baby starfish

Video shows the beautiful and efficient mechanism that tiny starfish larvae use to swim, feed and grow.

Watching solstices, equinoxes from space

A satellite view of how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes illustrates how our planet’s tilt causes a change in seasons.

Ceres bright spots get names

The International Astronomical Union approved the new names on November 26, and scientists used them while discussing other findings about Ceres at this week’s American Geophysical Union meeting.

1st test of new theory of gravity

Eric Verlinde’s new theory of gravity – an alternative to Einstein’s theory – eliminates the need for dark matter. To test it, astronomers measured gravity around 33,000 galaxies.

Robot eyes to see asteroid Bennu

A spacecraft now traveling to asteroid Bennu will retrieve an asteroid sample. Scientists equipped the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft sophisticated cameras to watch it all unfold.

New Zealand quake reveals new land

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Zealand’s South Island on November 13 created a thin swath of newly exposed land. Before and after images.

Mystery of sun’s coronal heating

Exploding “heat bombs” might explain why the sun’s upper atmosphere, or corona, sizzles at millions of degrees – hundreds of times hotter than at the surface.

It’s a bird, a plane, the tiniest asteroid!

Asteroid 2015 TC25 is small enough to be straddled by a person, reminiscent of the iconic bomb-riding scene in the movie Dr. Strangelove. It swept between us and the moon a year ago.

Hurricane risk to US northeast coast

Due to shifting weather patterns, the northeastern coast of the United Sates could see more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future, says new research.

What would Earth be like with no moon?

Earth without its moon would be a very different world indeed. No eclipses. Smaller tides. But the biggest change would be in the length of Earth’s day.