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Meet the Mice Who Make the Forest

It’s easy to look at a forest and think it’s inevitable: that the trees came into being through a stately…

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NASA Spacecraft Finishes Its Close Encounter With the Moon

NASA’s Orion spacecraft zipped past the moon’s far side on Monday, passing within 81 miles of the surface. The spacecraft,…

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It’s Official: The Leap Second Will Be Retired (a Decade from Now)

The time has come — or will come, in 2035 — to abandon the leap second. So voted the member…

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Fireball Flashes Above Ontario and Parts of the U.S.

A fireball that soared over Ontario, Canada, early on Saturday was the sixth object to be detected in space before…

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The Mysterious Comets That Hide in the Asteroid Belt

What do you expect to find in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter? Unsurprisingly, asteroids — millions of bits…

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The Surprising Afterlife of Unwanted Atom Bombs

What happens when old atomic bombs are retired? Last month, the Biden administration announced its intention to withdraw the nation’s…

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Leonid Meteor Shower: How and When to Watch It Peak

Thursday night into Friday morning will be one of the special dates scattered throughout each year when skywatchers can catch…

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Hemp-Fed Cows Get Buzzed, Study Finds, but Will Humans Who Drink Their Milk?

Do cows that consume cannabis act goofy, get the munchies and spend more time lolling about with their stoned buddies?…

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New Europa Pictures Beamed Home by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Europa, the ice-encrusted moon of Jupiter, is still everything it’s cracked up to be. Juno, a NASA spacecraft that has…

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NASA May Let Billionaire Astronaut and SpaceX Lift Hubble Telescope

If you’ve got a telescope in danger of falling out of orbit, who are you going to call? The United…

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