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What’s behind the heat wave in the American West?

A megadrought, a high pressure system and climate change have combined to produce record-setting temperatures in many U.S. states.
Image: Phoenix heatwave
Image: Phoenix heatwave

New fossils of giant rhinos — the largest land mammals ever — are found in China

The discovery recalls an important phase of scientific history, and hints at the landscape of Asia millions of years ago.
Image:  giant rhino Paraceratherium linxiaense
Image:  giant rhino Paraceratherium linxiaense

Fossils of giant rhinos found in China, largest land mammals ever

22-million-year-old giant rhino fossils were unearthed in China. Scientists say these animals were over 20 feet tall and weighed over 20 tons, making them the largest land mammals to ever exist. 
Fossils of giant rhinos found in China, largest land mammals ever
Fossils of giant rhinos found in China, largest land mammals ever
4d ago

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

Since 2012, Camden County on the Georgia-Florida line has doggedly pursued plans to build and operate the 13th licensed U.S. commercial rocket launch pad for blasting satellites into orbit.
An artist's sketch shows the launch pad complex of the proposed Spaceport Camden in Camden County, Ga.
An artist's sketch shows the launch pad complex of the proposed Spaceport Camden in Camden County, Ga.

There's still no evidence of a Chinese lab leak. But here’s what's changed, scientists say.

Five virologists said few conclusions can be drawn based on the available scientific evidence, but they noted that the context and circumstances of the debate have changed.
Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Feb. 3, 2021.
Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Feb. 3, 2021.

'All the water's bad': In McDowell County, you have to get creative to find safe drinking water

To get drinking water, Burlyn Cooper and his neighbors have to collect runoff from the rock face of a mountain. It’s contaminated, but it’s all they have.
Hazel Cooper holds a jug of orange, contaminated water from one of her two wells. She and her husband have about $50 left every month after paying their bills, and use the money to buy bottled water.
Hazel Cooper holds a jug of orange, contaminated water from one of her two wells. She and her husband have about $50 left every month after paying their bills, and use the money to buy bottled water.
6d ago

Shunned from ISS, China sends astronauts to build space station on first trip in years

“We have invested so much energy,” said Rong Yi, the rocket’s chief designer. “But I am thrilled to see it fulfill its duty within 10 minutes.”
Image: CHina rocket launch
Image: CHina rocket launch

'Like a bowl of spaghetti': New map details intricacies of the brain

A new interactive map of a fragment of a human brain gives new insights into its structure.
Image: An image compiled by researchers shows nerve cells inside a woman's brain.
Image: An image compiled by researchers shows nerve cells inside a woman's brain.

Hell on Earth: The Cucapá in Mexico face fatal fight against climate change

"It is a fight that seems that we will never win," says Lucía Laguna, as Indigenous Mexicans grapple with geography, the legacy of dams and treaties, narcos and climate change.
Image: A Cucapa man walking near the desert border between Mexico and the United States, in Baja California, April 2021.
Image: A Cucapa man walking near the desert border between Mexico and the United States, in Baja California, April 2021.
8d ago

'Divine Vessel' to mark China's first human spaceflight since 2016

Shenzhou-12 will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China's space station by 2022.
A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft for China's first manned mission to its new space station, stands at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the country's northwestern Gansu province on June 9, 2021.
A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft for China's first manned mission to its new space station, stands at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the country's northwestern Gansu province on June 9, 2021.
8d ago

NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space

Many member countries are concerned about what they say is increasingly aggressive behavior in space by China and Russia.
President Joe Biden and other NATO heads of the states and governments pose for a family photo during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, on June 14, 2021.
President Joe Biden and other NATO heads of the states and governments pose for a family photo during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, on June 14, 2021.

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