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How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

Scientists found that the tough exteriors of cockroaches help them keep moving without losing much momentum when they bump into things.

Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Caribou from the Dolphin and Union population during a crossing to the Canadian mainland.

Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula

Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula

An Oriental fire-bellied toad, which was imported into Europe from South Korea.

The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools

The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools

A showcase reflects a reconstruction of Ötzi’s skull, center, and his body at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

A victim of starvation during the Dutch famine of 1944-45. Women pregnant during the period gave birth to babies who were affected by health problems throughout their lives.

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.

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

Transportation Security Administration employees at work. The agency employs thousands of officers who try to spot suspicious passengers.

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.

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

Dr. Odile Madden, of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, holding a piece of degrading plastic for use in trying out new methods of preservation.

Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks

Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks

Radar images of a near-Earth asteroid collected in 2015. Since 2011, a NASA project called Neowise has studied 158,000 asteroids. But Microsoft’s former chief technologist, Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold, criticized those numbers. “The science is terrible,” he said.

Laser

Laser

The United States Navy's laser weapon. It can be used to ablate, ignite or otherwise damage an air or sea target.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

The spotted lanternfly can lay eggs on almost any surface and feeds on a broad range of plants, including many commercial crops.

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

Dozens of common merganser ducklings following Mama on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

“Decoding Watson,” a new film about Dr. James D. Watson, explores the gulf between his scientific brilliance and his views on race.


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