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May 29, 2015 earthquake in the Aleutian arc.  Image via USGS
Science Wire | May 29, 2015

6.7-magnitude earthquake in Alaska

The quake took place 3 a.m. EDT (0700 UTC) Friday morning in the earthquake-prone, sparsely populated Aleutian arc, some 400 miles (600 km) from Anchorage.

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Image via NOAA.
Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Whales can be told apart by their voices

Detailed analysis of a particular type of call – known as an upcall – let human researchers single out individual whales.

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Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Video: 40 hours at Ningaloo Reef

No beach days yet? This wonderful video by Colin Legg lets you spend two days and nights at a reef in Australia.

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Science Wire | May 28, 2015

Octopus opens a jar, from the inside

Check out this video. More evidence that octopuses are amazing.

Lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History holds casts of the jaws of Australopithecus deyiremeda, a new human ancestor from Ethiopia.  Photo: Laura Dempsey
Science Wire | May 28, 2015

New human ancestor found in Ethiopia

According to scientists who made the discovery, the find provides conclusive evidence that, millions of years ago, there was more than one human species.

View larger. | Fireflies in northern spring 2015 by Matt Pollock .
Today's Image | May 28, 2015

Fireflies are back, upstate New York

Photo and report from an EarthSky friend who regularly watches for them.

String quartet at University of Minnesota’s School of Music performing “Planetary Bands, Warming World.”   Image via Ensia, University of Minnesota.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Video: Translating climate change to music

Imagine setting global warming to music. That’s what a student at University of Minnesota has done, basing his composition on actual temperature data since 1880.

Artist's conception of the Thirty Meter Telescope
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Hawaii governor says Thirty Meter Telescope has right to continue

$1.5-billion project halted last month, following demonstrations. Gov. David Ige said to continue, but that one-fourth of telescopes on Mauna Kea should be removed.

Water and buttermilk are being distributed in India, due to the deadly heat.  Image is a video still via CNN.
Science Wire | May 27, 2015

Heat wave kills 1,100 in India

A deadly heatwave has gripped India since April. The death toll has now risen to more than 1,100. Cooling monsoon rains are not expected for several more days.

Captured on Memorial Day weekend 2015 Anne-Marie in Georgetown, Texas.  Visit her Facebook page:  Trees
Today's Image | May 27, 2015

Mammatus clouds over central Texas

Mammatus clouds don’t keep extending downward to form tornadoes, as some believe. But they do come before, during or after severe weather.