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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Take a billion-pixel tour of Curiosity rover's surroundings on Mars

Fans of extraterrestrial anomalies will have a field day with the billion-pixel view of the Curiosity rover's surroundings at a place called Rocknest on Mars. The 360-degree clickable panorama lets you zoom in on an eerie Martian "bird," a weird series of holes, or a shiny object sitting on the Red …

For the first time, scientists can identify your emotions based on brain activity

The mind reading trick, done before with objects, is now plumbing the depths of human feeling<p>The field of neuroscience has been animated recently by the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or fMRI. When a person lies in an fMRI machine, scientists can see their brain activity in real …

Asteroid 'Grand Challenge:' A Call For Help Detecting Dangerous Asteroids

<b>Asteroid “grand challenge:” NASA is asking for help from the public, especially experts in fields related to astronomy and engineering, in</b> …

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How species are identified

The naming of a new species is often taken to be a significant event in biology, much excitement in the media is devoted to the identification of a …

Marscape

New billion-pixel view of Mars landscape<p>This is a reduced version of panorama from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity with 1.3 billion pixels in the …

European Space Agency: Mars Rover Mission to Find Life

The European Space Agency said it will send a rover to Mars to determine if the Red Planet currently has or ever had life, officials said this …

Tanzania’s birds survive in protected network

As climate change forces birds in Tanzania to head west, protected areas set aside for mammals are keeping them alive.<p>Using data on savannah birds …

How pollen tubes know when to self-destruct

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> New research identifies genes that may control the death of pollen tubes during plant reproduction.<p>Pollination, essential to much of …

Biology

UFO Spotted Over Brazil Protest; Likely a Drone (+Video)

A few thousand people saw a purported UFO flying over Sao Paulo, Brazil during protests recently.<p>The incident was captured on camera and uploaded to …

How a new species is named

Once you have identified what you think is a new species, it will require a name. Sadly this is not just a case of dreaming up an interesting moniker …

Noble gases get recycled in mineral ‘rings’

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> The six noble gases don’t usually dissolve into minerals, but scientists have discovered that the lattice structure of amphibole …

Earth Science

NASA and NOAA turn the 'Blue Marble' green in breathtaking new satellite images

Scientists have released new satellite images that show how much of the Earth's surface is covered in vegetation. Using the VIIRS sensor aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, experts collected data between April 2012 and April 2013 and used it to create a new vegetation index which identifies …

Alaska has been having a record-breaking heatwave

In Alaska, old records are being crushed as a heatwave has carried temperatures into the 80s and 90s. In one part of Alaska, an unofficial …

North American Birds Declining as Threats Mount

Global warming, habitat loss, wind turbines, and cats are factors.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Throughout the year, birders look forward to changing seasons and avian scenes as they explore woods, grasslands, and wetlands: the spectacle of spring migration, the</b> …

A revolutionary new 3D digital brain atlas

This is the first ever 3D microstructural model of the entire human brain, and it’s publicly available to researchers world-wide at no cost.<p>Imagine …

Mapping the brain: 3D atlas aims to unlock the secrets of the mind

Scientists have created the highest resolution 3D digital model yet made of a human brain, showing features as small as 20 micrometres across – …

Physicists Find New Particle, Look for Answers

Researchers say that they've discovered a new subatomic particle - one that appears to contain four quarks bound together. Physicist Sean M. Carroll describes the significance of the find, and talks about the ongoing effort in physics to explain why the universe is the way it is.<p>Transcript<p>IRA …

ScienceCasts: The "Sleeping Giant" in Arctic Permafrost

Stonehenge Revealed: Why Stones Were a "Special Place"

Lead archaeologist at Stonehenge discusses his team's discoveries in new book.<p><b>The eerie megaliths of Stonehenge have inspired speculation for centuries.</b>

UFO over Stonehenge? Britain releases its last big batch of X-Files

Britain's Ministry of Defense finished up its release of almost 60 years' worth of UFO sighting reports on Friday with a bang: a 4,300-page cache of documents that describe strange sights over Stonehenge and Parliament, and lay out the reason why the ministry shut down its UFO desk three and a half …

Archaeologists find 'Chactun,' a long lost Mayan city in eastern Mexico

A team of archaeologists have found a long lost Mayan city in the rainforests of eastern Mexico, and they're hoping the discovery will help them figure out what led to the ancient civilization's rise and fall centuries ago. The city, which archaeologists have dubbed Chactun or Red Rock, was in its …

'Space Penguin' PHOTO: Hubble Captures Arp 142 Galactic Collision In The Constellation Hydra

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Space Penguin!<p>Alright, it's not exactly "Star Wars." But this image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, does show a dramatic clash of galaxies. Scientists believe that the head of the bird (in the upper portion of the photograph) is the result of …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning images from this week in the worlds of science and technology, including the planet’s largest solar-powered boat, the Paris Air Show and the aftermath of a forest fire.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering bike<p>Rocket launch, a …

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President Obama expected to present greenhouse gas reduction plan on Tuesday

President Obama will address the nation from Georgetown University on Tuesday to share details on how he plans to address the threat of climate change, a promise he made in his inaugural address back in January. According to <i>The Washington Post</i><i>,</i> the president will specifically announce new …

Supermoon hits prime time for fans around the world and in orbit

Pictures from around the world are casting a spotlight on this weekend's supermoon — the biggest, brightest full moon of the year — and now is the perfect time to get in on the action yourself.<p>The moon is even getting some love from the International Space Station, where NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg …

Square roots? Scientists say plants are good at math

LONDON (Reuters) - Plants do complex arithmetic calculations to make sure they have enough food to get them through the night, new research published in journal eLife shows.<p>Spring buds are silhouetted against the rising full moon in Washington, March 19, 2011.REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang<p>Scientists at …