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Depicting the Colors of Space

Depicting the Colors of Space

The large Whirlpool Galaxy, left, is known for its sharply defined spiral arms.

Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit

Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit

The success of this launch gives SpaceX momentum to begin developing even larger rockets, which could help fulfill Elon Musk’s dream of sending people to Mars.

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

From left, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Zagorna and Maria Shovkuta are among the women who chose to return to the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the 1986 nuclear accident.

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be caused by the burrowing of microorganisms.

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

There were nine species of the flightless birds called the moa.

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

A thermal image of elephants, part of an effort to apply tools from astronomy to help conservationists and fight poaching.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

Marco Zozaya in March near his home in Mexico. He aspires to be a science communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson, but faces the conundrum of internet audiences and algorithms that may prefer drama over scientific information.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

A view from space of how the sun falls on Earth during solstices and equinoxes captured by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9.

Boulder-Size Clues to How Humans Settled the Americas

Boulder-Size Clues to How Humans Settled the Americas

Alia Lesnek, left, and Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo, observing boulders on Dall Island in Alaska. Scientists have found evidence in Alaska’s rocks that the first people to populate the Americas were island-hopping sea-farers.

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

S. Alan Stern, center, New Horizons’ principal investigator, surrounded by children at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

An arctic fox near Helagsfjället mountain in Sweden. Foxes in the area were severely inbred until three males from a Norwegian captive breeding population turned up.

Mars InSight: NASA’s Journey Into the Red Planet’s Deepest Mysteries

Mars InSight: NASA’s Journey Into the Red Planet’s Deepest Mysteries

The landing site for the Mars InSight mission is “as close to a 100 kilometer-long parking lot as we could find anywhere,” said the mission’s principal investigator.

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

The Falcon 9 rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, for the satellite mission known as Zuma.


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