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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
1d 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.
4d 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.
4d 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.
5d ago

$28 million bid buys ride to space on Bezos' Blue Origin flight

The Amazon founder and his brother also plan to take the July 20 trip.
Image: FILES-US-space-BLUEORIGIN
Image: FILES-US-space-BLUEORIGIN

National Geographic recognizes Southern Ocean: Could fifth ocean be added to world maps?

The Southern Sea, which surrounds Antarctica, is officially being recognized by National Geographic as the Earth's fifth ocean. NBC News’ Denise Chow shares how this could affect world maps going forward.
National Geographic recognizes Southern Ocean: Could fifth ocean be added to world maps?
National Geographic recognizes Southern Ocean: Could fifth ocean be added to world maps?
7d ago

Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface

China is the second country to land and operate a spacecraft on Mars, after the United States.
Image: An image taken by a camera released from China's Zhurong Mars rover showing the rover and the landing platform on the surface of Mars
Image: An image taken by a camera released from China's Zhurong Mars rover showing the rover and the landing platform on the surface of Mars

Third member of FDA advisory panel resigns over Alzheimer's drug approval

The resignations are in protest over the agency's decision to approve Biogen Inc's Alzheimer's treatment despite the committee's recommendation against doing so.
A Biogen researcher works on the development of the medication aducanumab in Cambridge, Mass., in 2019.
A Biogen researcher works on the development of the medication aducanumab in Cambridge, Mass., in 2019.

Lake Mead's water level drops to lowest point in history

Declining water levels in the nation's largest reservoir are the result of the ongoing drought and growing water demands across the southwestern U.S.
Image: Timelapse of Lake Meade
Image: Timelapse of Lake Meade

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