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NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

The astronauts named by NASA to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station: From left, Sunita Williams, Cmdr. Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Lt. Col. Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Col. Bob Behnken, Col. Mike Hopkins and Cmdr. Victor Glover.

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.

A Hard Climate for Penguins and Butterflies

A Hard Climate for Penguins and Butterflies

These three Magellanic penguin chicks died of hypothermia after a rainstorm.

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.

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Fully programmable robots were on display at the Humanoids 2013 conference in Atlanta. The goal is to enable them to work effectively and even autonomously in emergency situations.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

Graduation at City College in New York in 2016. A study in Iceland focusing on education suggests that parental genes may help determine how long children stay in school.

A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

Clockwise from top, researchers Richard Roberts, Vladimir Ulianov and Maxim Kozlikin in a chamber of the Denisova cave in Siberia, where the fossil of a 90,000-year-old human hybrid was discovered.

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Marmot pups near Crested Butte, Colo. Researchers tracked yellow-bellied marmots’ interactions for 13 years and found that more solitary marmots lived longer lives.

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Naomi Oreskes in her office at Harvard University's Science Center. She has been praised by climatologists for communicating climate science to the public.

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.

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

The tree pipit migrates to and from Africa and Europe each year.

To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

Lee Se-dol, a professional Go player from South Korea, was smiling amid other players despite losing four of five games against a Google computer program called AlphaGo.

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

A Spirobranchus worm, commonly called the Christmas tree worm, on a coral reef near Eilat, Israel.

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A woman prayed over the bodies of two Asian elephants that were electrocuted in Siliguri, India.


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