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Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

An artist’s rendering of an Earthlike exoplanet orbiting another. Scientists haven’t been able to measure an exoplanet’s tilt yet, but some suspect that a planet’s tilt is key to supporting life.

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long arrived to pick up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy.

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

Researchers used a laser pulse to study superionic water, which is simultaneously solid and liquid.

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

An 18th-century ship was discovered last month in Old Town Alexandria, Va., the fourth discovered in recent years within a two-block radius.

Mars InSight: NASA’s Journey Into the Red Planet’s Deepest Mysteries

Mars InSight: NASA’s Journey Into the Red Planet’s Deepest Mysteries

The landing site for the Mars InSight mission is “as close to a 100 kilometer-long parking lot as we could find anywhere,” said the mission’s principal investigator.

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.

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.

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.

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

From left, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Zagorna and Maria Shovkuta are among the women who chose to return to the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the 1986 nuclear accident.


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