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Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Over the past 17 years, the numbers of some bird species in French farming regions have dropped considerably. Meadow pipits have declined by 68 percent.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, where the tiny particle believed to have originated in a supermassive black hole was observed last year.

3.6 Degrees of Uncertainty

3.6 Degrees of Uncertainty

Icebergs near Greenland's glaciers, which are speeding up as the climate warms.

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

A transparent hatchetfish, retrieved by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which is seeking to understand better the creatures that occupy the sea from 600 to 3,300 feet deep.

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

The population of western monarch butterflies in California dropped to a record low last year, according to a nonprofit conservation group.

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long arrived to pick up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy.

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

A European rabbit. A new report debunked the long-held scientific tale that rabbits were domesticated in 600 A.D. because a pope declared their fetal meat to be like fish and therefore O.K. to eat during Lent.

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.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

Brine shrimp (Artemia salina) in a laboratory tank prior to experiments studying the effect of their collective vertical migration.

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

The view from the summit of "Mount Thoreau" looking south toward the Palisades and the Northern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

A nearly 9-foot slab of rock found in a parking lot on the grounds of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center holds the fossilized tracks of several dinosaurs and even a few early mammals.

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.

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.


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