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Ivory gull. Image via Ed Schneider/Flickr
Science Wire | May 20, 2016

Seagulls on an iceberg

A group of ivory gulls – a threatened species of seagull – has made a colony in an unusual place: On an iceberg.

We’re on the hunt for life – what do we do when we find it? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Science Wire | May 14, 2016

Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of Prime Directive

A philosopher argues that now is the time to figure it out, before we make the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life.

Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.
Blogs | Photos | May 04, 2016

How to shoot photos of meteors, or shooting stars

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Photo credit: James Jordan
Science Wire | May 04, 2016

Top 3 tips to avoid mosquito bites

Simple things you can do to get fewer mosquito bites this summer.

Imagined view from the surface of one of the newly discovered planets, with ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 in the background. Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
Science Wire | May 03, 2016

Just 40 light-years away, 3 potentially habitable planets

Earth-like planets aren’t exclusively orbiting sunlike stars. Ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 hosts 3 potentially habitable planets.

Health effects of the Chernobyl disaster are still felt 30 years on. Photo credit: Garanich/Reuters
Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Chernobyl worst nuclear accident of all time

The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. It was far worse than the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Image credit: Yining Karl Li
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2016

Top 6 things about gravity

Gravity does far more than make things fall down. It governs the motion of planets around the sun, holds galaxies together and determines the structure of the universe.

Science Wire | Apr 11, 2016

Another wave of bird extinctions in the Americas?

Several bird species are taking their final bows on the global evolutionary stage, and winking out. The situation in northeast Brazil is particularly dire.

Artist’s illustration of Hitomi. Image credit: JAXA, Akihiro Ikeshita
Science Wire | Apr 05, 2016

Astronomers await pings from troubled Hitomi

An unknown disaster seems to have befallen the Japanese satellite that launched in February. Why X-ray astronomers are anxious for good news.

The Tadulako University/Western Kentucky University team in Palu, Indonesia.
Science Wire | Apr 04, 2016

Where exactly is the moon? Eclipse stories from Indonesia

The solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 brought together students from around the world – and EarthSky helped to make it happen.