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Hubble reveals star cluster Messier 79 doing snow globe impression

A Hubble Space Telescope image features the star cluster Messier 79 doing its best snow globe imitation. The mass of stars is a 'globular' cluster, after all.

New maps reveal shrinking wilderness around the globe

New maps reveal the scope of the challenge facing wilderness conservationists.

Prehistoric ticks drank dino blood 100 million years ago

Newly unearthed amber fossils have proven prehistoric ticks were feeding on feathered dinosaurs 100 million years ago.

Genome reveals secrets of Tasmanian tiger's extinction

Scientists have sequenced the Tasmanian tiger's genome, offering new insights into the species' demise.

Juno data offers new insights into Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Fresh analysis of data collected by NASA's Juno probe suggests Jupiter's Great Red Spot extends beneath the gas giant's clouds.

Rocket Lab's New Zealand rocket launch scrubbed again

Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab has once again postponed the launch of its Electron rocket.

Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand

Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight.

Watch Live: Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand

Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight.

New study explains why meteors explode from the inside before reaching Earth

New research suggests high-pressure air forces its way inside meteors and explodes them from the inside.

Reproductive success best predictor for bear, dolphin population forecasting

New research shows reproductive success, not survival rates, is the most important factor for predicting the longterm population health of slow-growing species.

Scientists discover new form of matter, excitonium

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time proven the existence of excitonium -- a new form of matter.

Genetic survey of rats could help New York curb the rodent population

For the first time, scientists are getting a big-picture sense of how rats live, move and interact in New York City. The details lie in their genetic code.

Nuclear technology helps scientists study Australia's prehistoric ecosystems

With the help of nuclear technology, scientists in Australia have begun to unlock the secrets of prehistoric fossilized tree resin.

Google honors physicist Max Born with new Doodle

Google is celebrating what would have been the 135th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born with a new Doodle.

Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk

Scientists have identified a shift in the gaits of speedy cockroaches as the insects kick it into high gear. The discovery could inspire more efficient robots.

Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces

The ocean's miniature inhabitants can shred a small plastic bag into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to a news study.

Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration

As a new survey of research on early human evolution and migration confirms, humans left Africa in waves, not in a single exodus.

Google honors scientist Jan Ingenhousz with new Doodle

Google is celebrating what would have been the 287th birthday of Dutch scientist Jan Ingenhousz with a new Doodle.

Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand

Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab is set to launch its Electron rocket for the second time on Friday night.

Simple evaluation could help choose therapy or medication for anxiety treatment

A short and simple evaluation can help doctors determine whether a patient with anxiety will respond best to medication or talk therapy.

530 million-year-old fossil is likely world's oldest eye

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland believe they've found the world's oldest eye.

Scientists map ancient rock art in Venezuela

Researchers have mapped Venezuela's rock art in unmatched detail. The map features some of the largest rock engravings in the world and some 2,000 years old.

NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter

Opportunity, NASA's senior Mars rover, has lasted through another harsh winter on the Red Planet.

More severe global warming predictions are likely more accurate

New research suggests models that predict more severe global warming outcomes better reflect observations of the current climate.

Astronomers observe most-distant supermassive black hole yet discovered

Astronomers have spied the most-distant supermassive black hole yet discovered using the Magellan Telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Paleontologists reveal Little Foot, the most complete remains of an early human relative

After 20 years of careful excavation, paleontologists are finally ready to present the world's most complete Australopithecus fossil found to date.

Ancient bones may be from Saint Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus

A study of bones purported to belong to Saint Nicholas suggests they date to the historical period when the inspiration for Santa Claus is said to have lived.

Pair of super-Earths found orbiting star K2-18

Astronomers have discovered not one but two super-Earths surrounding the star K2-18, a red-dwarf located 111 light-years from Earth.

ESO's newest planet hunter, ESPRESSO, captures first light

ESPRESSO, the European Southern Observatory's newest planet hunter, has captured its first light.

Meteors delivered just the right amount of salt to jumpstart life on early Earth

New analysis confirms the meteorites that formed Earth delivered just the right amount of salt to support life.

New excavation has researchers revising chronology of Near East's last hunter-gatherers

New excavations in Jordan have revealed a well-preserved Natufian site, home to some of the Near East's last hunter-gatherers.

Scientists devise method for judging champagne quality using sound

Researchers at the University of Texas set out to measure the sound of champagne bubbles, with hopes of quantifying the sound of expensive sparkling wine.

Researchers tag Amazon dolphins for the first time

For the first time, scientists have tagged Amazon dolphins and are now tracking them using satellite technology.

Native groups fight to save land, culture from rising tides

The land that the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians call home is sinking.

Europa may have plate tectonics like Earth, study shows

Scientists have found additional evidence of the tectonic plates on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Scientists track Borneo's carbon reserves with Carnegie Airborne Observatory

Scientists are using the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane filled with scientific instruments, to map Malaysian Borneo's carbon stocks.

Medium-sized carnivores most vulnerable to environmental shifts

Because medium-sized carnivores spend the most time hunting for food, they're most likely to be negatively impacted by environmental changes.

New map details the universe's high-velocity gas

An astronomer has published a new map of the cosmos' high-velocity gas. It's the most detailed map ever of the universe's fast-moving molecular clouds.

'Sounds of the ocean' include the rumble of submarine volcanoes

Researchers are considering the benefits of improved monitoring of submarine volcanoes at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own -- spontaneously.

Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding with interactive Doodle game

Google is marking the 50th anniversary of children learning how to code with the release of a new Doodle that acts as an interactive video game.

Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise

Mosquitoes are more likely to transmit dengue virus on warmer days, according to new research published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

Fishing nets pose grave threat to New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin

New research details the threat posed to New Zealand's hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, by fishing nets.

Warm rock rising deep beneath New England, seismic study reveals

Deep beneath New England, a giant mass of warm rock is slowly but steadily rising toward the surface.