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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 …

10 Holiday Traditions Around the World

For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of home.<p>I asked ten of my most trusted friends around the world about their favorite winter …

This Year's Biggest Discoveries in Science

From the edge of the solar wind to ancient human DNA, science made big strides in 2013.<p>Science mattered more than ever in 2013. Climate science questions raged after Super Typhoon Haiyan pummeled the Philippines. And scientific expertise figured in disarmament debates in Syria and in Iran's …

Global Temperature for November Was Hottest on Record

This year is on track to being one of the hottest years ever.<p>Last month was the warmest November on record, according to a report released this week from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).<p>"It's the first time we've seen a big spike like this in the global surface temperature in several …

Christmas Lights and Vermont Nights

Newfound Monster Supernova Breaks Records

Changing Planet<p>A small portion of one of the fields from the Supernova Legacy Survey showing SNLS-06D4eu and its host galaxy (arrow). Superbright points of light with spikes are stars in the foreground. Credit: UCSB<p><b>A newly discovered exploding star may have broken two cosmic records, as it’s both</b> …

Top 5 Space Station Repair Spacewalk Dangers

Changing Planet<p>This digital animation shows NASA astronauts performing spacewalks to repair a faulty cooling pump on the outside of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV<p><b>Tensions are high as the astronauts aboard the International Space Station ready themselves to conduct a series of</b> …

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth