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To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

Donkeys awaiting slaughter at the Goldox Donkey Slaughterhouse in Kenya. As manufacturers of a traditional Chinese medicine struggle to meet rising demand, they are looking to developing countries for donkey hides.

An Incubator for Innovation

An Incubator for Innovation

From left, Daniel Riley, Etosha Cave, Ilan Gur and Steven Kaye of the Cyclotron Road program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which has enrolled scientists who are starting energy-related research.

A Night Watchman With Wheels?

A Night Watchman With Wheels?

A promotional composite image from Knightscope showing the K5 Autonomous Data Machine.

Australia’s Endangered Quolls Get Genetic Boost From Scientists

Australia’s Endangered Quolls Get Genetic Boost From Scientists

A northern quoll bred at a wildlife park in 2016. Scientists hope breeding programs can help quolls inherit life-saving genes.

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

A view of the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars, released by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission.

A Large Body of Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life

A Large Body of Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life

An artist’s rendering of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft searching the planet’s south pole for liquid water.

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.

The Malaria Fighter

The Malaria Fighter

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

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.

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

Transportation Security Administration employees at work. The agency employs thousands of officers who try to spot suspicious passengers.

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, who died in March.

Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

Fur seals can switch off and on R.E.M. sleep when they're in the sea and on land, a pattern never seen before. Scientists believe it might mean R.E.M. sleep helps generate heat in our skulls, like shivering for the brain.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

The spotted lanternfly can lay eggs on almost any surface and feeds on a broad range of plants, including many commercial crops.

‘Blood Moon’ Provides Dramatic Sights, and a Dose of Folklore

‘Blood Moon’ Provides Dramatic Sights, and a Dose of Folklore

The entire moon was in shadow for 103 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than the average eclipse, and was visible from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and parts of South America.

Yanny or Laurel? How a Sound Clip Divided America

Yanny or Laurel? How a Sound Clip Divided America

Sound waves are the new internet dresses.

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.


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