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The drought crippling California is by some measures the worst in the state's history. Photo credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Sep 30, 2014

California drought linked to climate change, say scientists

Stanford researchers report that the drought now crippling California is likely linked to human-caused climate change. Other researchers disagree.

Image credit: Deisseroth Lab
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Video: New 3D look at brain circuitry

New imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain’s neural structure and its vast internal connections.

Image credit: Jason Brougham (University of Edinburgh)
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Clues to the rapid rise of birds

“There was no moment in time when a dinosaur became a bird, and there is no single missing link between them,” said Steve Brusatte, who led the study.

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Today's Image | Sep 28, 2014

Autumn in Sweden

A fall day in Sweden. Photo by Jörgen Norrland Andersson.

Image credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

Is a solar flare the same thing as a CME?

Solar flares and CMEs – coronal mass ejections – are both gigantic explosions of energy on the sun, but they’re not the same thing. Here’s the difference.

In this illustration, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) closes in on the Red Planet after a 10-month interplanetary journey, with its Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing. Image credit ISRO
Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Success! India’s Mars spacecraft enters orbit

In its first interplanetary mission, India successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday. Congratulations to India!

Acquired August 19, 2014.  View larger. | Image credit: NASA
Today's Image | Sep 24, 2014

Fires in the Amazon

Astronaut photo of rainforest being cleared for agriculture in Brazil.

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Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

Sneak preview: Colorful lunar eclipse on October 7-8

Before sunrise on October 8, the bright full moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of red. It’s a total lunar eclipse that’s visible from all parts of the U.S.

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Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

Newfound dino had huge nose, but why?

This dinosaur probably didn’t have a keen sense of smell. Its big nose might have been used to attract mates, smash plants or recognize others of its species.

The Ngogo males have just killed a male from a neighboring group. After the male is dead, one of the Ngogo males leaps on the body of the dead animal. Image courtesy of John Mitan
Science Wire | Sep 19, 2014

Chimpanzee wars not due to human influence, says study

Lethal aggression is something that chimpanzees naturally do, the study says, regardless of whether human impacts are high or low