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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Curiosity rover drill pulls first taste from Mars mountain

The mission’s emphasis has changed from drive, drive, drive to systematic layer-by-layer investigation. “Curiosity flew hundreds of millions of miles to do this.”

Photo credit: University of Michigan
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

The water in your bottle might be older than the sun

Up to half of the water on Earth and throughout our solar system likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.

Image credit: Paul A. Cziko via University of Oregon
Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Ice crystals don’t melt inside these fish

Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as temperatures warm.

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Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Astronomers observe mysterious winds from a T Tauri star

T Tauri stars – infant solar systems – were thought to have powerful stellar winds. Astronomers have now observed T Tauri winds and might know what’s causing them.

Storm surge from Hurricane Dennis on July 10, 2005, near Panacea, Florida.  Photo via USGS
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

History of storm surge in Florida strongly underestimated

Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.

Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum on September 17, 2014. The red line in this image shows the 1981-2010 average minimum extent. Data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite.
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

2014 Arctic sea ice minimum sixth-lowest on record

Sea ice in the Arctic continued its below-average trend this year as ice declined to its annual minimum. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, sea ice was at a record high.

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Science Wire | Sep 22, 2014

Success! MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft – first spacecraft dedicated to exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere – successfully entered orbit on September 21, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. EDT.

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Science Wire | Sep 19, 2014

Supermassive black hole in a galaxy only 300 light-years wide

It’s an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.

Image via Flickr user Kelly DeLay
Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Tornado Alley storm season starting and ending earlier

Peak tornado activity typically occurs in the region from early May to early July. It has moved an average of seven days earlier over the past six decades.

Image credit: Davide Bonadonna
Science Wire | Sep 15, 2014

Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water

Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.