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Finalists in NASA’s Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Finalists in NASA’s Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Dragonfly, a proposed dual-quadcopter lander that would explore Saturn’s moon, Titan, was one of two finalists in NASA’s New Frontiers competition.

The Malaria Fighter

The Malaria Fighter

Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer has run the President's Malaria Initiative for the last eight years.

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
Knopf, $26.95
330 pages

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback whales in the southern oceans around Antarctica appear to be breeding successfully, recovering their population.

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

A laser beam shot from one of four telescope units of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, one of the largest in the world. New telescopes such as the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope would dwarf it — if they're completed.

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

A baobab tree at Epupa Falls in Namibia. Researchers suspect that Africa's "wooden elephants" are succumbing to prolonged droughts and increasing temperatures, which are parching the trees, leaving them unable to support the weight of their massive trunks.

Review: In ‘The End of Average,’ Cheers for Individual Complexity

Review: In ‘The End of Average,’ Cheers for Individual Complexity

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness By Todd Rose. HarperOne. 256 pages, $27.99

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Studies have shown that elephants may be monitoring ground vibrations through their bodies, fleeing for higher ground moments before distant tsunamis strike or stomping on the ground to warn others of danger.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, where the tiny particle believed to have originated in a supermassive black hole was observed last year.

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.

Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa

Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa

One of the 2.1 million-year-old artifacts, right, recovered from a gully in western China, left, suggest that hominins may have left Africa far earlier than previously believed.

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

An orca whale has carried her dead calf on her nose for days in the Pacific Northwest.

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

Vice President Mike Pence at the National Space Council’s first meeting in Chantilly, Va., in October.

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

A march in Washington of women demanding legalization of abortion in 1971. With President Trump about to nominate a second justice to the Supreme Court, legal experts are debating what a more conservative court would mean for abortion rights.

Women’s Views on Women Who Are Ovulating

Women’s Views on Women Who Are Ovulating

Participants in a study of the effects of ovulation were shown these two photos and asked which woman would be more likely to entice a dating partner.


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