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WIRED Space Photo of the Day for March 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Algal blooms might have been responsible for mass deaths in ancient baleen whales.<p>Ever since a highway construction crew in Chile uncovered a fossil graveyard of some 40 prehistoric whales in 2010, with skeletons dating back more than five million years, scientists have wondered why so many giant …

A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around.<p>Before a computer can load its operating system and locate drivers for its components, it must recognize that it has been turned on at all. This task falls to a relatively simple device known as the power-on reset circuit. “In its very …

Study Finds Black Widow Spiders Reluctant to Bite Unless Threatened

<i>Popular Science</i> reports on a black widow study by researchers at Loma Linda University in California. The researchers were trying to determined what …

El Niño may return late this year, experts say

El Niño, nature's most powerful influence on weather around the globe, has been in a lull for two years. But indications suggest that could change as early as fall.<p>Since spring 2012, the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean has not warmed enough to create an El Niño. Nor has it cooled to form a La Niña. …

Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target

They argue for new “narrative” so world can better prepare for dangerous climate change impacts.<p>It took a long time for nations to set a speed limit on the road to a warming world.<p><b>But for the past four years, even though negotiators have never arrived at a plan for avoiding dangerous climate</b> …

FYI: Can Drinking Moonshine Really Make Me Go Blind?

The short answer: yes, it's possible to go blind from drinking moonshine. But it's also possible to go blind staring at the sun. When consuming alcoholic beverages of the DIY variety, the important thing is to let common sense be your guide.<p>The idea that moonshine or other home-distilled liquors …