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NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record

NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has now boldly gone farther than any vehicle has before on the surface of another world, space agency officials announced today (July 28). As of Sunday (July 27), the Opportunity rover has driven 25.01 miles (40.2 … Continue reading

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Earth May Be in Early Days of 6th Mass Extinction

Earth may be in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction, an international team of scientists says. Animals and plants are threatened. More than 320 land vertebrates have gone extinct since 1500, the researchers said. The world’s remaining animals … Continue reading

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These Facial Features Matter Most to First Impressions

You may think you can judge a person you just met based on his or her facial expressions. Does a smile indicate a person is easygoing or insincere? Does squinting show concentration, or mistrust? First impressions of people — such … Continue reading

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Is There a Happiness Gene?

One secret to happiness may lie in genes, a new study suggests. Denmark and other Scandinavian countries regularly top world happiness rankings, and while many factors influence happiness, genetics may play a larger role than previously thought, according to the … Continue reading

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Could Dinosaurs Have Survived the Impact that Killed Them?

The space rock that wiped out most of the dinosaurs may have had a colossal case of bad timing. If the impact had occurred a few million years earlier or later, more of the majestic beasts may have survived, scientists … Continue reading

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Homer Hickam: The Science Behind ‘Crater Trueblood’ (Op-Ed)

Homer Hickam is The New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of “Rocket Boys“ — also known as “October Sky“ (Dell Publishing, 2000) following the book’s adaptation to film — and the “Helium-3″ novels “Crater” (Thomas Nelson, 2012), “Crescent” (Thomas Nelson, 2013) “Crater Trueblood … Continue reading

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Only Zoo Keepers Get to Feed the Penguins (Op-Ed)

Nora Beirne, a senior keeper at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed Insights.  People who love animals sometimes think their only career path is to study medicine and become a veterinarian. Children … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss These Minor Meteor Showers This Summer

Each summer, amateur astronomers from all over the world look forward to observing the famous Perseid meteor shower, but often overlook six lesser celestial fireworks displays that reach their peak between July 28 and Aug. 20.  This year, a bright … Continue reading

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U.S. scientists urge ‘national vision’ to curb coastal risks in report

(Reuters) – A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. … Continue reading

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String Theory: The Physics of Master Guitar Playing

How do great guitarists bend a string like Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix? One scientist sought to figure out how legendary performers make great music. “Very good guitarists will manipulate the strings to make the instrument sing,” David Robert Grimes, … Continue reading

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