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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.

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.

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.

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

Contrails from the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX on Dec. 22 in Apple Valley, Calif.

In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers

In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers

Workers at Kruger National Park in South Africa moving a rhino from a high-risk poaching area in 2014. Researchers in South Africa are turning to genetic fingerprinting to track down poachers for prosecution.

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas from pod J in Puget Sound just west of Seattle. The number of orcas in the area, listed as endangered since 2005, has dwindled to a 30-year low.

New Dive Into Old Data Finds Plumes Erupt From Jupiter’s Moon Europa

New Dive Into Old Data Finds Plumes Erupt From Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft appears to have flown through a plume erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa more than 20 years ago.

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.

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Do Bees Know Nothing?

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

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.

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

This robot, created by researchers in Singapore, took 20 minutes 19 seconds to make and execute a plan to assemble an Ikea chair.

Ancient Burial Pits Reveal Sophisticated Rituals

Ancient Burial Pits Reveal Sophisticated Rituals

Stone pendants and earrings recovered from the Lothagam North Pillar Site in Kenya, which is about 5,300 years old. It was used as a burial site for about 700 years. Then, abruptly and mysteriously, the burials stopped.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.

The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

Carl Hart, an associate professor at Columbia University, is the author of the book “High Price,” a mix of memoir and scientific research about drug addiction.

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The skeleton of a child found in Hungary was partially mummified by copper from a coin placed in its hand.

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.


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