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Science picture of the day
Blond fur seal News.science360.gov.org
2 Oct 2015

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The Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) is one of eight seals in the genus Arctocephalus. As its name suggests, the Antarctic fur seal is distributed in Antarctic waters and is a fairly large animal with a short, broad snout, compared to others in the family. This blond fur seal, a rare color morph, was spotted in the region near Palmer Station along the Antarctic Peninsula in ...

Coxiella burnetii: Bacteria that cause Q fever News.science360.gov.org
1 Oct 2015

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Shown here is a dry fracture of a Vero cell exposing the contents of a vacuole where Coxiella burnetii are busy growing. Infection of humans by Coxiella burnetii bacteria usually occurs by inhalation of these organisms from air that contains airborne barnyard dust contaminated by dried placental material, birth fluids, and excreta of infected animals. Other modes of transmission to hu...

Earth science picture of the day
Encore - Flaming Gorge Epod.usra.edu
3 Oct 2015



Take a look back at some of the EPODs our viewers found particularly eye-catching. Today, and every Saturday EPOD invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers’ Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.


Stereo Pair of Comet 67P Epod.usra.edu
2 Oct 2015


Summary Author: Brian May
Credits: ESA/ROSETTA/NAVCAM; Matt Taylor; Bernhard Geiger; Greg Parker
Stereo by Brian May

Shown above is a stereo pair of an unusual view of Comet 67P as observed by the Rosetta probe -- Rosetta’s wider-angle navigation camera. This pair of images was kindly given to me by Matt Taylor and Bernhard Geiger of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. From this angle, as...


A Blue Blood Moon Apod.nasa.gov

A Blue Blood Moon A Blue Blood Moon

Charon: Moon of Pluto Apod.nasa.gov

A darkened and mysterious north polar region A darkened and mysterious north polar region

Hubble picture of the day
Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star Hubblesite.org
24 Sep 2015

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Not long before the dawn of recorded human history, our distant ancestors would have witnessed what appeared to be a bright new star briefly blazing in the northern sky, rivaling the glow of our moon. In fact, it was the titanic detonation of a bloated star much more massive than our sun. Now, thousands of years later, the expanding remnant of that blast can be...

NASA Telescopes Find Galaxy Cluster with Vibrant Heart Hubblesite.org
10 Sep 2015

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Astronomers have discovered a rare beast of a galaxy cluster whose heart is bursting with new stars. The unexpected find, made with the help of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, suggests that behemoth galaxies at the cores of these massive clusters can grow significantly by feeding on gas stolen from other galaxies. The cluster in the new study, refer...

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Sea Ice in the Bellingshausen Sea Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
4 Oct 2015

Sea Ice in the Bellingshausen Sea
A spectacular view of sea ice was captured during an Operation IceBridge flight in 2014; the mission surveyed ice at both poles again in 2015, this time simultaneously.

Hurricane Joaquin Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
3 Oct 2015

Hurricane Joaquin
Forecasters expected the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season to follow a trajectory away from the U.S. East Coast, but large amounts of precipitation could not be ruled out.

NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards

Hurricane Joaquin Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
2 Oct 2015

Hurricane Joaquin
Forecasters expected the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season to follow a trajectory away from the U.S. East Coast, but large amounts of precipitation could not be ruled out.

Super Typhoon Dujuan Slams Northern Taiwan Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
28 Sep 2015

Super Typhoon Dujuan Slams Northern Taiwan
Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as Category 4 Typhoon Duhuan made landfall.

Animal of the day
Naked Mole Rat - More Than Meets The Eye Thewebsiteofeverything.com
22 Aug 2015
Naked mole ratThe naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a rodent, known for its burrowing and is indigenous to East Africa. The mole rat possesses a number of characteristics which allow it to survive in underground and harsh environments.

The average naked mole rat is between 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) in length and weighs between 1.1 and 1.2 ounces (30 to 35 grams). They have small eyes, poor...

Northern Pudu - the World's Smallest Deer Thewebsiteofeverything.com
7 Jul 2015
The Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) is the world's smallest deer. This little inhabitant of the Andes Mountains weighs in at only 3 to 6 kg, or 7 to 13 pounds. The Northern Pudu lives and plays across Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. They prefer to stay in the higher elevations of the Andes Mountain range. Most of them live at least 2000 meters above sea level. The climate here is a temperate r...

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