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Man-made chemicals in deepest sea

Scientists have detected persistent man-made chemicals in crustaceans from the Mariana Trench and Kermadec Trench, deepest parts of the ocean ever sampled.

Image via Juan Ramon Rodriguez Sosa/Flickr.

How fireworks get their colors

The colors in fireworks help create “ohhhhs” and “ahhhhs.” But what creates the colors?

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How to spot ISS in your sky

Check out the International Space Station in your night sky the next time it flies over. NASA’s Spot the Station program is easy, and it works!

Flowering Tree (Sirdavidia solannona). Image Credit: Thomas Couvreur.

Top 10 new species of 2016

From a giant tortoise to a tiny beetle and an early hominid, this year’s top 10 new species list contains some exciting finds.

Hurricane Alex as seen on January 14, 2016, by the the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. Image via NASA Earth Observatory.

How do hurricanes get their names?

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1. Here are the hurricane names for the 2016 season.

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Eastern monarch butterflies at risk of extinction, scientists say

Populations of the charismatic orange and black monarch butterfly have plummeted. Will they be extinct in 20 years?

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This date in science: Landslide at Bingham Canyon Mine

On April 10, 2013 – three years ago today – an enormous landslide took place at the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. Amazingly, no one was hurt.

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Scientists reconstruct supervolcanic eruption

Scientists estimate that slow, dense pyroclastic flows blanketed the southwestern U.S. after the enormous eruption at Silver Creek 18.8 million years ago.

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Why do we need leap years?

We need leap years to help synchronize our calendar with Earth’s orbit around the sun and the actual passing of the seasons.

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Extinction of giant herbivores changed global landscapes

Extinctions of large herbivores such as mammoths, mastodons, and ground sloths helped turn many open landscapes into forests, scientists say.