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WIRED Space Photo of the Day for October 2014

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for October 2014

Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the […]

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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of Erupting Volcano in Iceland

Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of Erupting Volcano in Iceland

[HTML1] This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano—close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, […]

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Fantastically Wrong: Why People Used to Think Beavers Bit Off Their Own Testicles

Fantastically Wrong: Why People Used to Think Beavers Bit Off Their Own Testicles

Ah, the thrill of the hunt. The trusty hounds at your side, howling and panting and dragging you toward your quarry: a lumbering beaver not accustomed to moving on land. You close in. You raise your spear. The beaver suddenly stops, looks over its shoulder at you, and lifts a back leg. It bears its teeth, […]

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There Are So Many Tiny Animals in the Sea That They May Impact Currents

There Are So Many Tiny Animals in the Sea That They May Impact Currents

The wind and tides are major drivers of the ocean’s global circulation, moving its waters all over the planet and mixing up its temperature, salinity, and nutrients. But according to new research, there might be another crucial force in ocean circulation that scientists haven’t accounted for: the billions upon billions of small marine animals that live in its depths.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Spider That Lives Its Entire Life Underwater

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Spider That Lives Its Entire Life Underwater

The diving bell spider the only arachnid on Earth that spends its entire life underwater, a lovely reminder that where life finds a niche, it fills it—oh, and that if you’re afraid of spiders you aren’t really safe anywhere at all.

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New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a ‘Crisis Situation’

New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a ‘Crisis Situation’

With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn. These crops and others like them may force a showdown between conflicting approaches to farming: one that depends on chemicals to fight weeds, and another that embraces ecology’s lessons.

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Fantastically Wrong: Europe’s Insane History of Putting Animals on Trial and Executing Them

Fantastically Wrong: Europe’s Insane History of Putting Animals on Trial and Executing Them

This is Europe’s shameful and largely forgotten history of putting animal “criminals” on trial and either executing them or, for plagues of insects, ordering them to leave town not only by a certain day, but by an exact time. Such irrational barbarism is hard to fathom, but as early as 824 all the way up to the middle of the 18th century, animals were held to the same moral standards as humans, suffering the same capital punishments and even rotting in the same jails.

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‘Big Bang Signal’ Could All Be Dust

‘Big Bang Signal’ Could All Be Dust

There was little need, before, to know exactly how much dust peppers outer space, far from the plane of the Milky Way. Scientists understood that the dimly radiating grains aligned with our galaxy’s magnetic field and that the field’s twists and turns gave a subtle swirl to the dust glow. But those swirls were too […]

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2014 Is on Pace to Be the Warmest Year Ever

2014 Is on Pace to Be the Warmest Year Ever

The story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Earth’s oceans have never been this far beyond the bounds of normal. ERIC HOLTHAUS Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate’s Future Tense. New data released Thursday by the National Oceanic […]

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How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature

How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature

The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east. The 1,000-mile-long chain of coastal mountains is dense with lush rainforest and grasslands, and each year, clouds bearing monsoon rains blow in from the southwest and break against the mountains’ flanks, unloading water […]

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