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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.

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.

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

A transparent hatchetfish, retrieved by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which is seeking to understand better the creatures that occupy the sea from 600 to 3,300 feet deep.

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.

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

A European rabbit. A new report debunked the long-held scientific tale that rabbits were domesticated in 600 A.D. because a pope declared their fetal meat to be like fish and therefore O.K. to eat during Lent.

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

An orca whale has carried her dead calf on her nose for days in the Pacific Northwest.

Finalists in NASA’s Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Finalists in NASA’s Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Dragonfly, a proposed dual-quadcopter lander that would explore Saturn’s moon, Titan, was one of two finalists in NASA’s New Frontiers competition.

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.

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Naomi Oreskes in her office at Harvard University's Science Center. She has been praised by climatologists for communicating climate science to the public.

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Studies have shown that elephants may be monitoring ground vibrations through their bodies, fleeing for higher ground moments before distant tsunamis strike or stomping on the ground to warn others of danger.

Let the Stream Run Through It

Let the Stream Run Through It

The Berkeley Pit, a mile-wide hole in Butte, Mont., where copper used to be mined, currently holds 50 billion gallons of contaminated water. It's hoped that the water, once treated, could be a new "headwaters" for a section of the Silver Bow Creek that remains unrestored.

How the Ice Age Shaped New York

How the Ice Age Shaped New York

A view from Green-Wood Cemetery, near Battle Hill, which is Brooklyn’s highest spot.

Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

The Sorpe reservoir in northwest Germany, one of four freshwater reservoirs observed in a recent study that found that carbon dioxide absorbed in lakes, rivers and streams can affect entire ecosystems.


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