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New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

SAN FRANCISCO—The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has released more images of the comet, including the first picture snapped by the Philae lander after its first bounce. The team discussed the images today, here at the American Geophysical Union meeting. As the Rosetta orbiter enters the main science phase of its mission, Philae remains in […]

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The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. Made by the immune system, the weapons are antibodies, small proteins that target and neutralize invading virus particles. Scientists aren’t sure about the molecular specifics yet, but antibodies made by Ebola survivors appear to fight the virus more […]

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The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet

The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet

Breathing is so universal and continuous that it can be easy to forget about—until we can’t do it anymore. Then it becomes symbolic of life itself. We take special note of words that are carried on final breaths, and sometimes we even cherish the physical substance of the breaths themselves.

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Designing a Mothership to Deliver Swarms of Spacecraft to Asteroids

Designing a Mothership to Deliver Swarms of Spacecraft to Asteroids

SAN FRANCISCO—An asteroid-mining company has unveiled plans for a new mothership spacecraft designed to carry a dozen small probes to explore asteroids, comets, or even the moon. The mothership, designed by Deep Space Industries, is about 3 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet tall, weighing about 330 pounds. It would carry a swarm of small satellites called […]

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Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. But some folks, particularly highly […]

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […]

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […]

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Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Earth is a planet of insects, the most successful creatures by far (if you want to get technical, though, Earth is really more a planet of bacteria, but they’re not animals and they’re hard to photograph, so whatever). The beetles alone make up one in four animal species on this planet. That’s not a typo. Bugs own the place.

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