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Fragments found for small asteroid that exploded over Russia last week

The meteor was seen over Russia on June 21. Now scientists from Ural Federal University are reporting finding meteorite fragments from the event. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.

Bees understand the concept of zero

Scientists just learned that honeybees can understand the concept of zero. That puts bees in an elite club of clever animals – some birds, monkeys, humans – that can grasp the abstract notion of nothing.

Gulf of Mexico 2018 dead zone forecast

NOAA scientists project that this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill marine life – will be about the size of Connecticut.

From pulsar to magnetar? Or vice versa?

Since the 1970s, scientists have treated pulsars and magnetars as 2 distinct populations of objects. Now they think they might be stages in a single object’s evolution. A new NASA ScienceCast has more.

Explore 20 years of Earth data

From NASA, 2 decades of planetary change. See detailed views of volcanoes fuming, hurricanes flooding, dams being built, wildfires sweeping across landscapes and more.

Small asteroid zipped through Earth’s atmosphere

The IAU confirmed that the asteroid originally designated ZLAF9B2 – now called 2018 LA – disintegrated at a height of 30 miles (50 km) over South Africa on June 2, 2018.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook

Atlantic hurricane season starts today. Experts are forecasting a 75% chance that the 2018 season will be near- or above-normal, thanks in part to a weak El Niño.

Top 10 new species 2018

This year’s list includes a towering tree and a tiny, single-celled protist, as well as a rare great ape and the fossil of an Australian marsupial lion.

Scientists track major freshwater change

‘What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change,’ they said. Over 14 years, Earth’s wet land areas got wetter. Dry areas got drier. They also reported multiple hot spots resulting from groundwater depletion.