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Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July, power dwindling

It will be NASA’s second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018.
This composite image made available by NASA on Dec. 11, 2018 shows the InSight lander on the surface of Mars.
This composite image made available by NASA on Dec. 11, 2018 shows the InSight lander on the surface of Mars.

Four key measures of climate change set records in 2021

Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean temperatures and ocean acidification all hit their highest recorded levels, a U.N. report found.
Scorching Heat In Delhi-NCR
Scorching Heat In Delhi-NCR

Tooth from Laotian cave sheds light on enigmatic extinct humans

The tooth is one of the few physical remains known of Denisovans, a sister lineage to Neanderthals who until now had been known only from scrappy dental and bone fossils from a single site in Siberia and one in the Himalayas.
A tooth believed to have belonged to a young female from the extinct human species called the Denisovans.
A tooth believed to have belonged to a young female from the extinct human species called the Denisovans.

Pollution’s fatal threat gains urgency after 9 million died in one year

Pollution is causing many people to die earlier than they would have otherwise, both globally and in the U.S., according to two new studies.
Image: Los Angeles skyline, smog
Image: Los Angeles skyline, smog

'Blood moon' puts on lunar display across parts of Americas, Europe and Africa

The reddish hue occurs when the sun, Earth and moon align, and the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.
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7d ago

Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers.
A researcher places a thale cress plant grown during a lunar soil experiment in a vial for genetic analysis at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2021.
A researcher places a thale cress plant grown during a lunar soil experiment in a vial for genetic analysis at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2021.

War's ecological impact: Russian warship activity believed to be behind mass dolphin deaths

The low-frequency sonar of warships and submarines directly interferes with dolphins’ echolocation, leaving them unable to navigate, scientists say.
More than 100 dolphins have washed up on the Turkish coast since February.
More than 100 dolphins have washed up on the Turkish coast since February.

First image captured of black hole at center of Milky Way

Scientists call it the “gentle giant” of the Milky Way: a massive black hole called Sagittarius A*. It’s about 4 million times larger than the sun in our solar system. NBC News’ Tom Costello explains the history behind the monumental discovery and the facts about this phenomenon.
First image captured of black hole at center of Milky Way
First image captured of black hole at center of Milky Way
8d ago

Supermassive black hole in Milky Way, at 'heart of our galaxy,' revealed for first time

The photo, which shows an oval-shaped void surrounded by a bright ring of glowing gas, is only the second image captured of a black hole.
The Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.
The Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Leaders descend on Miami, 'ground zero' for climate change in America, to find solutions

The inaugural Aspen Ideas: Climate conference, a four-day event that began Monday, attracted hundreds of scientists, policymakers, activists and business leaders.
Image: Aspen Institute Hosts Aspen Ideas: Climate Event In Miami Beach
Image: Aspen Institute Hosts Aspen Ideas: Climate Event In Miami Beach
9d ago

Mexican environmentalists, Indigenous leaders denounce Mayan Train project

"It will degrade our entire forest," a scientist and environmentalist said about the train project through jungle, cave systems and Mayan archaeological sites.
La zona donde se construye el tramo 5 sur del Tren Maya, que conectará a las ciudades de Cancún y Tulum.
La zona donde se construye el tramo 5 sur del Tren Maya, que conectará a las ciudades de Cancún y Tulum.

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