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Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

An artist’s rendering of an Earthlike exoplanet orbiting another. Scientists haven’t been able to measure an exoplanet’s tilt yet, but some suspect that a planet’s tilt is key to supporting life.

Designing the Death of a Plastic

Designing the Death of a Plastic

A piece of plastic polymer about to be destroyed under ultraviolet light.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

‘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.

Eagles Take to South African Agriculture

Eagles Take to South African Agriculture

Verreaux’s Eagles nesting in South Africa’s mountains are not as successful as their neighbors nesting in an agricultural landscape.

Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula

Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula

An Oriental fire-bellied toad, which was imported into Europe from South Korea.

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

The report cited a survey by the University of Texas system, which found that 20 percent of female science students, 25 percent of female engineering students and 40 percent of female medical students experienced sexual harassment from faculty or staff.

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, viewed from the International Space Station in 2014.

Depicting the Colors of Space

Depicting the Colors of Space

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

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.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

The Tremaster mirabilis starfish, one of several species of sea star living in deep waters off Greenland’s coast that have surprisingly complex eyes.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

Evidence of a cancerous tumor was found on a bone fossil dating back 1.7 million years.

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.

It’s the Latest in Conservation Tech. And It Wants to Suck Your Blood.

It’s the Latest in Conservation Tech. And It Wants to Suck Your Blood.

A leech, Haemadipsa zeylanica, in Thailand. Scientists have found they can survey the biodiversity of a forest with DNA analysis of leeches’ last blood meals.

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.

 She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

“I am a retired patent attorney,” said Barbara Rae-Venter. “None of this is a planned event.”


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