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  • Kepler Spots Closest Thing Yet to Another Earth

    by: Dan Vergano

    It's just a bit bigger than Earth. It orbits a red dwarf star at the right distance. But does it have water?
  • Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    As the permafrost melts in the north, forests no longer grow straight.
  • Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep

    by: Christine Dell'Amore

    Chimpanzees choose tree branches that give them the most firm, stable, and comfortable place to sleep, a new study says.
  • Chief Warden Shot in Africa's Oldest National Park

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Belgian Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens

    by: Jennifer S. Holland

    A new study reveals that East African honeybees are resistant to the pathogens blamed for colony collapses elsewhere.
  • Fossils Suggest Modern Sharks Are More Evolved Than Previously Thought

    by: Jane J. Lee

    The image of modern sharks as "living fossils," unchanged over millions of years, needs an update, researchers say.
  • Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?

    by: Thomas K. Grose in London

    A veteran balloonist is among those who want to use solar updraft towers to generate power, but funding has been elusive.
  • Can an Unmanned Mini Yellow Submarine Find Missing Flight 370?

    by: Laura Parker

    The submersible searching for Flight 370 is covering 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) a day inside a huge search zone.
  • Severe Scurvy Struck Christopher Columbus's Crew

    by: Dan Vergano

    Despite being surrounded by tropical fruits in the New World, the sailors of Columbus's second trip had severe scurvy.
  • Why Are Black Bear Attacks Up in Florida?

    by: Jennifer S. Holland

    After a woman was attacked in her garage by a black bear and officials kill five animals, we talked to an expert about why such incidents are on the rise.
  • The Nation's T. Rex Invades the Smithsonian

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Museum staff ditched the bubble wrap in favor of custom-molded plaster cradles when shipping a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington, D.C.
  • How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster

    by: Susan Brink

    Genetic study reveals that just four changes gave Streptococcus the ability to cause deadly disease.
  • Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.
  • The Best Way to Deal With Ocean Trash

    by: Laura Parker

    Scientists studying ocean garbage discuss how the world might deal with it.
  • Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower

    by: Dan Vergano

    Influential climate reports point to a pivotal moment in global warming diplomacy.
  • How to Ship a T. Rex Across the Country

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Museum staff will ditch the bubble wrap in favor of custom-molded plaster cradles when shipping a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington, D.C.
  • The Innovators Project: Teen Wonder: Taylor Wilson

    by: Tom Clynes

    When Wilson was 11 he tried to build an atom smasher. At 14 he achieved nuclear fusion. Now 19, he is working with subatomic particles. What will come next?
  • UN Climate Report Charts Ways to Halt Global Warming

    by: Dan Vergano

    Time is running out to undertake technological and economic fixes to halt dangerous global warming, warns an international report.
  • Lunar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Murderous pets and hungry jaguars are only some of the stories cultures use to explain lunar eclipses.
  • Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?

    by: Nadia Drake

    For millennia, humans have looked at the moon and found meaningful figures in its craters and mountains. Why do we do this?
  • Is El Niño Back? Climate Scientists Forecast Its Arrival

    by: Rachel Hartigan Shea

    Scientists forecast the arrival of a climate pattern that will affect weather across the globe.
  • Mississippi Basin Water Quality Declining Despite Conservation

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Federal scientists at the USGS and NOAA report latest stream and estuary monitoring data and highlight challenges and conservation successes.
  • Best Space Pictures of the Week: Flying Saucer, Mars's "Heart"

    by: Dan Vergano

    NASA reveals a flying saucer, a heart is spotted on Mars, and the Milky Way gleams in this week's best space pictures.
  • Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting

    by: Paul Salopek

    Cheap and sharper-eyed than satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles are the latest high-tech tool used to study looting of ancient artifacts.

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