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Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:39 AM
The capsule's design allows for long-term autonomous operations without input from ground controllers, but engineers are still attempting to reestablish contact.
Scientists have discovered man-made earthen trenches from a period before the Amazon rainforest grew into what it is today. What the trenches were used for remains a mystery.
From serene and stirring to surreal and sublime, here are some of Mother Nature's crowning accomplishments when it comes to spectacular settings.
The airline teamed up with the Smithsonian to equip its planes with radio receiver antennas that will gather data on difficult-to-track animals.
White-nose syndrome is still spreading wildly, but a few bat colonies may be showing signs of resistance.
To study how sponges filter feed, researchers injected a harmless fluorescent dye into the water near the animals and filmed as the dye passed through them. [Video]
Both gorgeous and perfectly adapted to its marshy habitat, the purple gallinule is a fascinating southeastern bird species.
Scientists suspect that the underground oceans of Titan could be the equivalent of the Dead Sea, which can reach 40 percent salinity in some areas.
Wombats, short-legged marsupials from Australia, are known for digging holes, chewing roots and being generally adorable. But, as this video proves, there's much more to them than meets the eye. [Video]
It's fun spotting constellations, but some professional astronomers think of the constellations as nothing more than foolish old figures and would prefer that they be removed from almanacs.
This national park's beauty is world-renowned and it doesn't take more than a quick glance to understand why.
Nothing says love like planting a wet one right on the nose.
Wishing you a happy Independence Day with a spectacular sunset from the Florida coast.
A quiet moment of meditation can be found in this photo of a beautiful bird elegantly poised in slate-gray water.
The Earth-side studies are not a guarantee of life on Mars, but the researchers point out that microbes have been found in salty waters on Earth.
Scientists theorize that the smell of the ants, even after death, helps to scare off predators, thus offering the wasps extra protection.
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