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Milky Way over Morocco, by Besancon Arnaud.  Visit his website.
Science Wire | Feb 04, 2016

Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie?

An astrophysicist says our Milky Way may already be dead, but is still going. Why do galaxies stop forming stars, change their shape and fade away?

Science Wire | Jan 26, 2016

Why Planet Nine might be for real

Claims about new planets that turned out to be wrong – and why ‘Planet Nine’ may be different.

Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

2015 hottest year on record, by far

“What we have seen this past year will likely be routine in about 15 years, although regionally the details will vary considerably,” says climate expert Kevin Trenberth.

The website StardustForBowie.com says this image depicts a new constellation, named for the late, beloved rock musician.
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

Constellation named for David Bowie?

MIRA Public Observatory and Studio Brussels say they have ‘registered a constellation’ named for the late, beloved rock musician. Hmm, says astronomer Guy Ottewell.

Flooding in Clear Lake, California, March 1 1998, during the 1997-1998 ‘super’ El Niño event. Photo credit: Dave Gatley/FEMA
Science Wire | Jan 10, 2016

What to expect from El Niño

The third-recorded super El Niño is underway. Top climate expert Kevin Trenberth reports.

The new elements, are highlighted in yellow. Image credit: Julie Deshaies/Shutterstock/IFLScience
Science Wire | Jan 06, 2016

Four new elements added to periodic table

The new elements – elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 – complete the periodic table’s seventh row and make science textbooks around the world instantly out-of-date.

Image from a film called Welcome to the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London, March, 2012.
Science Wire | Jan 04, 2016

What is the Anthropocene?

Soon, scientists will decide whether the word Anthropocene should be formally added to the Geologic Time Scale. It indicates a world shaped by human beings.

Dawn took this image in its low-altitude mapping orbit from an approximate distance of 240 miles (385 kilometers) from Ceres on December 10, 2015. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Science Wire | Jan 01, 2016

After 8 years, Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

Dawn spacecraft now in its closest orbit of dwarf world Ceres. Mission Director Marc Rayman explains how the mission will help unlock our solar system’s secrets.

The Dreamtime constellation of The Emu rises out of the glow of Sydney, 350km away from the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Image credit: David Malin
Science Wire | Dec 28, 2015

Dark skies disappearing

Earth’s night skies are lighter, thanks to towns, cities and industrial complexes. How that affects astronomy … as well as birds, insects and people.

Large Hadron Collider
Science Wire | Dec 18, 2015

Has LHC found revolutionary new particle? Maybe.

Large Hadron Collider researchers see tantalizing hints of a new particle that could revolutionize physics.