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A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

An image made by the Iceye-X1 satellite showing the Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska.

A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

A healthy variable harlequin frog with golden coloring in the streams of Panama.

How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

Scientists found that the tough exteriors of cockroaches help them keep moving without losing much momentum when they bump into things.

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

One of five turbines that make up the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States, off the Rhode Island coast.

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

An image of Neptune taken by the Voyager spacecraft in August 1989, showing the storm, known as the Great Dark Spot, near the left side of the planet.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

A view from space of how the sun falls on Earth during solstices and equinoxes captured by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

A juvenile male humpback whale in waters off Sri Lanka. The males may be singing certain tunes to attract mates, although scientists listening to the songs suspect there may also be other reasons for the music shared among these giants, even when they are miles and miles apart.

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.

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.

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Pronghorn antelope along a fence northwest of Casper, Wyo. A study has found that wildlife move far less in regions where humans are present, ultimately threatening the viability of a species.

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
Knopf, $26.95
330 pages

Some Songbirds Have Brains Specially Designed to Find Mates for Life

Some Songbirds Have Brains Specially Designed to Find Mates for Life

An assortment of zebra finches studied by Sarah Woolley, a neuroscientist at Columbia University. Dr. Woolley found that finches were expert at learning the songs of their fathers for later in life, when it comes time to find a mate.

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

An interrogation room in a police precinct in Harlem. Close to 20 percent of interrogations occur during normal sleep hours, midnight to 8 a.m., a new study notes.

Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’

Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’

In 2015, the Curiosity rover drilled into a mudstone called "Mojave." Analysis of those drill cuttings yielded organic molecules.

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.


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