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A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A woman prayed over the bodies of two Asian elephants that were electrocuted in Siliguri, India.

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

A nearly 9-foot slab of rock found in a parking lot on the grounds of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center holds the fossilized tracks of several dinosaurs and even a few early mammals.

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

Russians sorting raw hemp fibers in the Kursk region in the 1960s. Hemp has been used as building material for millennia in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s only just starting to get wider recognition as a green construction option.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

Plant growth is increasing because of rising carbon dioxide. But plants return carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at night, in a process called respiration.

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

The Caño Cristales in Colombia, home to Macarenia clavigera, which turns the river bright colors in the rainy season. It has become a tourist attraction, but oil reserves nearby have pitted the government against a petroleum company.

An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

An illustration of Haringtonhippus francisci, an extinct horse species that was found in North America during the last ice age. Rick Hunter, a Utah paleontologist, said the horse, whose skeleton was discovered in a Utah backyard, may have looked similar to this.

In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, researchers were able to discover new insights into “La Miséreuse accroupie,” a 1902 painting by Pablo Picasso from his “Blue Period.”

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

A colored transmission electron micrograph of a human serous cell’s nucleus, with its nucleolus in purple. The nucleolus functions as the sort of brain of the nucleus, making rRNA, a basic ingredient for making proteins.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

Graduation at City College in New York in 2016. A study in Iceland focusing on education suggests that parental genes may help determine how long children stay in school.

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Not only can a honey bee count, it understands the concept of zero, according to researchers.

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’

The film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which is being rereleased this year for its 50th anniversary, baffled film critics when it first came out but now tops their lists of the most important movies of all time.

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Loggerhead turtles are known to use the earth’s magnetic fields to nest on Florida’s Gulf beaches within about 40 to 50 miles of where they were born decades earlier.

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.

They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.

They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.

The Tembeling River in Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park, near the home areas of hunter-gatherers and other groups that scientists studied to test the relationship between culture and the ability to name smells.

Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

The ladder-shaped painting on the left in the La Pasiega cave in Spain is older than 64,000 years, scientists have found, and was made by Neanderthals.

New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question

New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question

A computer-generated image of a single Neanderthal toe bone found in a Siberian cave in 2010.


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