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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.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

“Decoding Watson,” a new film about Dr. James D. Watson, explores the gulf between his scientific brilliance and his views on race.

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.”

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Do Bees Know Nothing?

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

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.

Depicting the Colors of Space

Depicting the Colors of Space

The large Whirlpool Galaxy, left, is known for its sharply defined spiral arms.

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Alfalfa leafcutter bees and their brood cells in a hut built by Jim Watts, who runs a business providing bees to farmers out of Ontario, Ore.

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Marmot pups near Crested Butte, Colo. Researchers tracked yellow-bellied marmots’ interactions for 13 years and found that more solitary marmots lived longer lives.

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

Europa, one of Jupiter’s larger moons, lower left, and the shadow of Io, another moon, upper right, are joined by 12 recently discovered moons orbiting the solar system’s largest planet.

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.

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Adult emperor penguins and their chicks near a research station in Terre Adélie, Antarctica. Researchers found that male penguins from one colony often slipped out to hunt during breeding season.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, where the tiny particle believed to have originated in a supermassive black hole was observed last year.

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.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

A fossil of a cockroach dating to the Cretaceous period, about 145 to 65 million years ago. Insects took to the skies much earlier, but there is scant fossil evidence from the period showing how they evolved wings.


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