Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

160,599 subscribers and counting ...


Posts by EarthSky Voices

Who’s a clever boy then? Photo credit: D Coetzee/Flickr
Science Wire | Jul 06, 2015

How the parrots got its chat

New findings help explain how parrots, just like humans, can talk and dance.

Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab.
Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Rosetta team struggles with Philae link

Since the Philae comet lander renewed contact on June 13, the Rosetta mission team has struggled to establish a stable link.

Just how quickly are those thoughts bouncing around in there? Image credit: shutterstock
Science Wire | Jun 29, 2015

What is the speed of thought?

It feels instantaneous, but how long does it really take to think a thought?

Image credit:  JD Hancock
Science Wire | Jun 22, 2015

Intelligent life in the universe?

Scientific arguments suggest that alien civilizations should be common in our galaxy. If so, where is everybody? That question is known as the Fermi paradox.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Science Wire | Jun 15, 2015

Real Jurassic Park needs more than dinos

Yes, cloning long-extinct dinosaurs is impossible. But even if dinosaur genomes were available, the animals couldn’t simply be plopped anywhere.

Image credit: Wally Gobetz
Science Wire | Jun 10, 2015

Measuring sea level on a dynamic Earth

Warming temps, and the rise and fall of coasts, complicate measurements of sea level. How do scientists establish sea level on a constantly changing Earth?

South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Image credit:  David Stanley/Flickr
Science Wire | Jun 08, 2015

Seaweed colonizing ice-free parts of Antarctica

With glaciers melting, the original white, mostly lifeless Antarctica is now becoming darker and lively with seaweed.

OK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it.  Photo credit: Bryan Kennedy
Science Wire | Jun 04, 2015

Why food labels are wrong about calories

Food labels say how many calories a food contains. But what they don’t tell you is how many calories you actually get out of your food.

Sea surface temperature anomalies, or differences from averages, in Celsius for February-March 2014. Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | May 18, 2015

Pacific ‘blob’ is changing weather patterns

What does this year’s odd U.S. weather have in common with a huge spike in hungry, stranded sea lion pups on California shores? Both are linked to a giant patch of warm ocean water.

Belts of earthquakes (yellow) surround the Indo-Australian plate. Image credit: Mike Sandiford
Science Wire | May 12, 2015

The science behind Nepal earthquakes

Nepal sits on the boundary of the two massive tectonic plates that collided to build the Himalayas. Their ongoing convergence also means earthquakes.