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Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Earth’s gravitational interactions with other planets — particularly Venus, because it is very near — affect the shape of its orbit.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

A crow picking up a discarded cigarette at Puy du Fou, a theme park in France that has enlisted six birds as tiny, winged maintenance workers.

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.

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Alfalfa leafcutter bees and their brood cells in a hut built by Jim Watts, who runs a business providing bees to farmers out of Ontario, Ore.

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.

Depicting the Colors of Space

Depicting the Colors of Space

The large Whirlpool Galaxy, left, is known for its sharply defined spiral arms.

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, viewed from the International Space Station in 2014.

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

The population of western monarch butterflies in California dropped to a record low last year, according to a nonprofit conservation group.

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.

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

The Falcon 9 rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, for the satellite mission known as Zuma.

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

Waters surrounding a remote coral reef atoll teeming with marine life.

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.


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