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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.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

The Tremaster mirabilis starfish, one of several species of sea star living in deep waters off Greenland’s coast that have surprisingly complex eyes.

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.

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

The astronauts named by NASA to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station: From left, Sunita Williams, Cmdr. Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Lt. Col. Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Col. Bob Behnken, Col. Mike Hopkins and Cmdr. Victor Glover.

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

Donkeys awaiting slaughter at the Goldox Donkey Slaughterhouse in Kenya. As manufacturers of a traditional Chinese medicine struggle to meet rising demand, they are looking to developing countries for donkey hides.

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

A screen grab of Emily Graslie's channel, The Brain Scoop, from a recent episode about skunk dissection.

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

A robust ghost pipefish in waters off Indonesia. With some species of pipefish, fathers are susceptible to what scientists call the Bruce effect.

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

The distribution of the sweet potato plant has baffled scientists. How could the plant arise from a wild ancestor in the Americas and wind up on islands across the Pacific?

Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

Fur seals can switch off and on R.E.M. sleep when they're in the sea and on land, a pattern never seen before. Scientists believe it might mean R.E.M. sleep helps generate heat in our skulls, like shivering for the brain.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

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.

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

­“Silicon Valley has been talking about water technology since they started talking about clean tech, but there are no new big ideas,” said Joel Makower, the chairman and executive editor of the GreenBiz Group.

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

Contrails from the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX on Dec. 22 in Apple Valley, Calif.

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be caused by the burrowing of microorganisms.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

Marco Zozaya in March near his home in Mexico. He aspires to be a science communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson, but faces the conundrum of internet audiences and algorithms that may prefer drama over scientific information.


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