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5 Sky Events This Week: Comet Buzzes Mars, False Dawn, Green Giant

<b>As the calendar turns to a new month, sky-watchers get a chance to see not only a sprinkling of shooting stars and some ghostly glows, but also a distant gas giant in its best appearance of 2013.</b><p><b>Comet buzzes Mars.</b> In the predawn skies on Tuesday, October 1, famed Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) will be …

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

<b>Roses are red, violets are blue … and these lizards’ blood is green.</b><p>It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring—<i>Prasinohaema</i> skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue—and one scientist is trying to figure out why.<p>Louisiana State …

Deadly 13th-Century Volcano Eruption: Mystery Solved?

Scientists find source of massive eruption felt centuries ago around the globe.<p><b>One of history's great disaster mysteries may be solved—the case of the largest volcanic eruption in the last 3,700 years. Nearly 800 years ago, the blast that was recorded, and then forgotten, may also have created a</b> …

What’s a Danajon Bank?

Wildlife<p>by Michael Ready, Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers<p>In April 2013, after four planes, a ferry, and two outriggers, I arrived at Handumon, a remote village and field station on Jandayan Island in the Philippines. As I lay down the first night under a …

Photo: Underwater View of Raindrops Hitting the Ocean Surface

Wildlife<p>You often don’t have to go far below the surface of the ocean to escape the turbulence of waves and storms, but the view of raindrops dimpling and rippling the surface is a graceful reminder of the wildness above. (Photo by Andrew Howley/NGS) [Click for wallpaper.]Diving in just two meters …

Will the Big Cats Survive the Free-Roaming Domestic Cats in the Sundarbans & Elsewhere?

I’m a wildlife ecologist and conservationist and I believe in promoting a “no-kill” nation with regard to feral and stray cats. However, let me share concerns with you put forth by many in the conservation community concerning feral cats.<p>I just returned from South Asia where I was working on rescue …

Behind the Shot: Paddling Out and Missing a Huge Wave Off Namotu Island, Fiji

<i>See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery.</i><p>“I hope I get under this,” was the thought going through surfer <b>Sean Woolnough</b>‘s mind as he rose on this wave, named Love Shacks, off Namotu Island, Fiji. Woolnough had just paddled out for the first wave, missed it, and turned …

Autumn in Grand Teton National Park

It snowed on the night I arrived in Grand Teton.<p>The next morning, on the last day of September, the wall of mountains simply disappeared into whiteness, and as I hiked through the sagebrush, my face tingling with falling drops of ice, I sent this tweet:<p><i>big snowstorm overhead/ mountains melt into</i> …

20 Gripping Photos of Extreme Weather

When Mother Nature has something to say, there's no ignoring her. She takes into no account your holiday plans or flight schedules. And she is blind …

Catastrophic collapse of ice lake created Aram Chaos on Mars

Aram Chaos, the lumpy, bumpy floor of an ancient impact crater on Mars, formed as a result of catastrophic melting and outflow of a buried ice lake. …

Beyond the Known

<i>How is it we can know what Jupiter’s Great Red Spot looks like, or Saturn’s rings, or the dusty surface of Mars, though no human has every seen them</i> …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

Behind the Shot: Climbing New Routes Along the Green River, Utah

<i>See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery.</i><p>Adventure photographer Celin Serbo spends the year photographing top tier athletes, often taking on the same challenges the athletes face to get the shot. In the summer of 2013, Serbo headed to Utah’s Green River with climbers Alex …

September 2012