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There Are Giant Standing Waves in Venus's Atmosphere
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planets

There Are Giant Standing Waves in Venus's Atmosphere

Something's in the air on our closest neighbor.
July 25, 2017
Scientists Have Created a Virtual Universe to Practice Mapping the Real One
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space

Scientists Have Created a Virtual Universe to Practice Mapping the Real One

It took a computer 80 hours to generate 25 billion galaxies.
July 24, 2017
Explore the Seafloor With Data Collected During the Search for MH370
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airplanes

Explore the Seafloor With Data Collected During the Search for MH370

The Australian government has released the results of a survey of the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
July 21, 2017
A Famous Letter Thought to Be Written by Lincoln Was Penned by His Secretary
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civil war

A Famous Letter Thought to Be Written by Lincoln Was Penned by His Secretary

N-gram tracing was used to reveal the author.
July 20, 2017
NASA Just Released Hundreds of Historic Space and Aviation Videos
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space

NASA Just Released Hundreds of Historic Space and Aviation Videos

Watch the first space shuttle take off and an experimental aircraft set a speed record.
July 20, 2017
To Fix a California Dam, Engineers Are Putting a Giant Scale Model to the Test
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dams

To Fix a California Dam, Engineers Are Putting a Giant Scale Model to the Test

Oroville Dam's spillway crumbled in February, and now California is racing for a fix.
July 19, 2017
A Sea Cave in Indonesia Contains a 5,000-Year Record of Tsunamis
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waves

A Sea Cave in Indonesia Contains a 5,000-Year Record of Tsunamis

Layers of silt show just how unpredictable earthquakes are.
July 19, 2017
A Large Asteroid Impact Might Explain Mars' Geological Nuttiness
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planets

A Large Asteroid Impact Might Explain Mars' Geological Nuttiness

Computer models suggest it was big enough to form the planet's two moons.
July 18, 2017
Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Are Being Reintroduced to the Wild
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reptiles

Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Are Being Reintroduced to the Wild

Keeping them separate from American crocs will be key to their survival.
July 17, 2017
Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia
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sin week

Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia

And why early monks in the desert didn't want to fall asleep during the day.
July 14, 2017
There Was a Massive, Gross Slime Eel Spill in Oregon
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fish

There Was a Massive, Gross Slime Eel Spill in Oregon

The hagfish were on their way to South Korea.
July 14, 2017
There's a New Sunspot Larger Than Earth
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solar system

There's a New Sunspot Larger Than Earth

Things have been pretty quiet up there, so it was a surprise.
July 13, 2017
The Wartime Posters That Tried to Shame Soldiers Away From STDs
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prostitution

The Wartime Posters That Tried to Shame Soldiers Away From STDs

“You can’t beat the Axis if you get VD.”
July 12, 2017
How Fire Ants Form Towers More Than 30 Ants High
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engineering

How Fire Ants Form Towers More Than 30 Ants High

And they circulate through the towers like water in a fountain.
July 12, 2017
From Space, Bolivia's Salt Flats Look Like a Glitch
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salt

From Space, Bolivia's Salt Flats Look Like a Glitch

The geological feature is home to the largest lithium reserve in the world.
July 11, 2017
These Endangered Pygmy Rabbits Survived a Wildfire by Heading Underground
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fires

These Endangered Pygmy Rabbits Survived a Wildfire by Heading Underground

Firefighters and biologists staged a rescue once the area was deemed safe.
July 10, 2017
Meet California's Three Newest Wolf Pups
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wolves

Meet California's Three Newest Wolf Pups

They were caught playing in front of a trail camera.
July 07, 2017
In the Deep, Corals Glow Red to Help Out Their Photosynthetic Tenants
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coral reefs

In the Deep, Corals Glow Red to Help Out Their Photosynthetic Tenants

And in the lab, they're helping cancer researchers, too.
July 06, 2017
The Forgotten Documents of a 1918 Tsunami in Puerto Rico
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earthquakes

The Forgotten Documents of a 1918 Tsunami in Puerto Rico

They are helping scientists understand exactly what happened.
July 05, 2017
Found: Evidence That Humans Have Been Eating Potatoes in North America for Over 10,000 Years
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archaeology

Found: Evidence That Humans Have Been Eating Potatoes in North America for Over 10,000 Years

Some starchy residue in Utah came from a native potato.
July 05, 2017
The World Now Has a Scorpion-Milking Robot
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robots

The World Now Has a Scorpion-Milking Robot

Extracting venom for medical research just got a whole lot safer and easier.
July 03, 2017
Ducks Seen Murdering, Snacking on Fledglings
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birds

Ducks Seen Murdering, Snacking on Fledglings

It's the first time mallards have been documented as killers.
June 30, 2017
Cockatoos, Somehow, Are Able to Drum a Consistent Beat
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birds

Cockatoos, Somehow, Are Able to Drum a Consistent Beat

Only humans are as good at keeping rhythm in the animal kingdom.
June 29, 2017
This Floating Forest Is the Only Legal Place to Forage for Food in New York City
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food forest

This Floating Forest Is the Only Legal Place to Forage for Food in New York City

Make a salad while staying on the good side of the Parks Department.
June 28, 2017