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The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous cells.

An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

An illustration of Haringtonhippus francisci, an extinct horse species that was found in North America during the last ice age. Rick Hunter, a Utah paleontologist, said the horse, whose skeleton was discovered in a Utah backyard, may have looked similar to this.

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The chambered nautilus propels itself by sucking in and shooting out water, and uses far less energy to do it than other swimmers that use jet propulsion.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

The Tremaster mirabilis starfish, one of several species of sea star living in deep waters off Greenland’s coast that have surprisingly complex eyes.

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.

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be caused by the burrowing of microorganisms.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

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.

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

A thermal image of elephants, part of an effort to apply tools from astronomy to help conservationists and fight poaching.

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

A view of the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars, released by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission.

Let the Stream Run Through It

Let the Stream Run Through It

The Berkeley Pit, a mile-wide hole in Butte, Mont., where copper used to be mined, currently holds 50 billion gallons of contaminated water. It's hoped that the water, once treated, could be a new "headwaters" for a section of the Silver Bow Creek that remains unrestored.

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.

In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen

In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen

Musk oxen, massive mammals that live on Arctic tundra, are seeing their numbers dwindle as warmer, rainier winters limit access to food, researchers report.

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas from pod J in Puget Sound just west of Seattle. The number of orcas in the area, listed as endangered since 2005, has dwindled to a 30-year low.

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

The marbled crayfish is a mutant species that clones itself, scientists report. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species appears to have originated only about 25 years ago.

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

S. Alan Stern, center, New Horizons’ principal investigator, surrounded by children at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday.


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