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Science picture of the day
Iceberg alley News.science360.gov.org
6 May 2015

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Iceberg Alley is a region in the western Weddell Sea, Antarctica, where a large concentration of icebergs moves in a north-northeast direction following the clockwise circulation around the Weddell Sea gyre. Large old icebergs contain centuries of windblown sediment and minerals, visible as layers when they roll over. Scientists have analyzed the relationship between iron and nutrient...

A starburst anemone war News.science360.gov.org
5 May 2015

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A starburst anemone war is just beginning in this photo. Starburst anemone fight with their neighbors, using the tentacles with the rounded white ends called acrorhagi. As they fight the white areas of the acrorhagi become tattered. The white is a concentration of stinging cells and when touched by an enemy, it will slough off and continue stinging the enemy again and again. Eventuall...

Earth science picture of the day
St. Patrick's Day Aurora Epod.usra.edu
6 May 2015


Photographer: Nebojsa Novakovic
Summary Authors: Nebojsa Novakovic; Jim Foster

Shown above is another look at the spectacular St. Patrick's Day, 2015, aurora. This colorful photo was captured from Pinawa Dam, Manitoba, Canada. A powerful coronal mass ejection on the Sun triggered a severe geomagnetic storm on March 15/16, 2015, allowing auroras to be observed in the middle latitudes of both th...

Fault Scarp at Lone Pine, California Epod.usra.edu
5 May 2015

2015, February 13 - Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierra  Nevada, Lone Pine Scarp from Earthquake in 1800s

Photographer: Cindy Todd Summary Author: Cindy Todd   On March 26, 1872, the small eastern Sierra Nevada town of Lone Pine, California experienced a 7.4 to 7.9-magnitude earthquake. It was reported to have shaken people out of bed all the way to Sacramento -- some 222 mi (357 km) away. There were 27 confirmed deaths. A fault scarp formed from the vertical and right lateral movement of this tem...


Summer Triangles over Japan Epod.usra.edu

Have you ever seen the Summer Triangle? Have you ever seen the Summer Triangle?

Gravitational Anomalies of Mercury Epod.usra.edu

What's that under the surface of Mercury? What's that under the surface of Mercury?

Hubble picture of the day
Astronomers Set a New Galaxy Distance Record Epod.usra.edu
5 May 2015

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The universe is incredibly big. But how do astronomers know that? Billion-mile-long tape measures can't be found at the hardware store. Instead, astronomers use the expansion of the universe itself to establish milepost markers. The light from remote objects is attenuated and weakened as space stretches like a rubber band. The consequences are that starlight will...

Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 25 Years of Unveiling the Universe Epod.usra.edu
23 Apr 2015

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NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young...

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Plume in Moreton Bay, Australia Epod.usra.edu
6 May 2015

Plume in Moreton Bay, Australia
When the rainstorm ended in southeast Australia, a brown plume emerged from the Brisbane River.

Landslide in Langtang Valley Epod.usra.edu
5 May 2015

Landslide in Langtang Valley
The powerful earthquake in Nepal triggered a destructive landslide that completely buried a village.

Animal of the day
Hare - Easter bunny was a hare originally Thewebsiteofeverything.com
3 Apr 2015
hare The tradition of the Easter bunny originates from West-european cultures, where it is a hare (Lepus europaeus) rather than a rabbit... German protestants had an abundance of eggs because of fasting. "German Protestants wanted to retain the Catholic custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, but did not want to introduce their children to the Catholic rite of fasting. Eggs were forbidden to Cath...

Pacific White-sided Dolphin - Acrobat of the Pacific Thewebsiteofeverything.com
5 Mar 2015
Pacific white-sided dolphinThe Pacific white-sided dolphin or “lag” (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is a familiar sight to boaters from California to Korea. They regularly leap out of the water and ride the slipstream of boats. Sometimes they leap high and then flop on the water on their sides, as if purposefully making the largest possible splash that they can. Their intense curiosity about boats makes it difficult for sci...

Botany photo of the day
Lepanthes dewildei BotanicalGarden.ubc.ca
5 May 2015
Lepanthes dewildei

Today's photo features Lepanthes dewildei, taken by Sebastian Moreno (aka J. Sebastian Moreno @Flickr) at the Reserva Natural Comunitaria Cerro El Inglés, Colombia. This photo is one of a set of the first photos ever taken of this intriguing and beautiful species. Thank you Sebastian!

Lepanthes dewildei is one of about 800 species in the Lepanthes, most of which we know very little about. An ...

Pinus thunbergii BotanicalGarden.ubc.ca
30 Apr 2015
Fissidens obtusifolius Fissidens obtusifolius

The stately Pinus thunbergii is deserving of attention any day, but last week the male cones were resplendently releasing pollen, and I thought it made for a good opportunity to discuss reproduction in the Pinaceae . It took me a while to get a good photo of the pollen grains blowing away, as I had to use one hand to brush the male cone while holding the camera steady with my other hand. I did...

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