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Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

A honeybee with pollen on its legs.

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

Creatures as diverse as the humpback whale and the ladybug all descend from the very first animal, which appeared hundreds of millions of years ago.

A Chinese Space Station Will Fall to Earth Soon. You’ll Probably Be Fine.

A Chinese Space Station Will Fall to Earth Soon. You’ll Probably Be Fine.

A spokeswoman for China’s manned space program presented a replica of the Tiangong 1 space station (left half of the model) in 2012 with a manned spacecraft, Shenzhou 9, attached.

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.

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

An artist's impression of 2004 EW95, a relic of the primordial solar system, which scientists believe originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter but now floats beyond Neptune.

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.

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.

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

The marbled crayfish is a mutant species that clones itself, scientists report. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species appears to have originated only about 25 years ago.

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Earth’s gravitational interactions with other planets — particularly Venus, because it is very near — affect the shape of its orbit.

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.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

A Bajau diver spearfishes in Sulawesi. A study suggests these sea-dwelling people have evolved adaptations to deep diving.

Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa

Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa

One of the 2.1 million-year-old artifacts, right, recovered from a gully in western China, left, suggest that hominins may have left Africa far earlier than previously believed.

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be caused by the burrowing of microorganisms.

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

Across the country, biohackers — hobbyists, amateur geneticists, students and enthusiasts — are practicing gene editing, concerning some bioterrorism experts.

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

S. Alan Stern, center, New Horizons’ principal investigator, surrounded by children at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday.


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