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Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

August 10, 2014 - 8:16am
Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.
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Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species?

August 10, 2014 - 7:01am
Conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert are taking drastic steps in the face of rampant rhino poaching in South Africa.
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Mind in the Mound: How Do Termites Build Their Huge Structures?

August 9, 2014 - 1:01pm
Termites move a fourth of a metric ton of dirt to build mounds that can reach 17 feet (5 meters) and higher.
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The Smithsonian Disassembles Its Dinosaurs

August 9, 2014 - 7:01am
The Smithsonian is renovating its dinosaur hall, which means giant skeletons must come down.
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Promising Ebola Drugs Stuck in Lab Limbo as Outbreak Rages in Africa

August 8, 2014 - 3:16pm
Lack of funds, regulatory hurdles hold up game-changing therapies.
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Big Cities Beckoned the Brainy Across History

August 8, 2014 - 11:31am
A massive births and deaths database reveals that cultural figures have migrated to cities in the same way for centuries.
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Oklahoma Grapples With Earthquake Spike—And Evidence of Industry's Role

August 8, 2014 - 10:16am
Oklahomans and local officials are trying to understand and react to a spate of earthquakes linked to the energy industry.
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Wooden Ship Unearthed at World Trade Center Site From Revolutionary-Era Philadelphia

August 8, 2014 - 9:01am
A wooden ship unearthed at the World Trade Center site is dated to Revolutionary-Era Philadelphia, according to clues contained in tree rings.
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The Extortion Plot That Shook France's Wine Country to Its Roots

August 8, 2014 - 9:01am
Telling the story of the poisoned vines, an American crime writer finds redemption in a French village.
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16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

August 8, 2014 - 7:46am
Researchers get the first measurements of wave heights in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, and they're big.
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Astronomers Unravel Secrets of Weirdly Tilted Solar Systems

August 7, 2014 - 2:46pm
Astronomers have spotted two solar systems forming on a slant, thanks to the influence of each other's stars.
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Amazing Maze: What Science Says About Solving Labyrinths

August 7, 2014 - 8:31am
We encounter mazes every day when we navigate roads. But they are also a powerful tool for neuroscientists trying to figure out the brain.
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New Wildfire Science Shows That Small Steps Can Save Homes, Communities

August 6, 2014 - 7:31am
In wildfire season, a few adjustments can be the difference between a saved and a destroyed home.
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Why Deadly Ebola Virus Is Likely to Hit the U.S. But Not Spread

August 6, 2014 - 6:16am
The deadly virus devastating West Africa likely will make it across the Atlantic, but the U.S. is better able to deal with it.
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Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

August 5, 2014 - 1:31pm
Global Tiger Day was created to promote conservation of Asia's most iconic cat.
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Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo?

August 5, 2014 - 9:48am
A six-million-year-old piece of fossilized dung that sold for more than $10,000 at auction may not actually be of animal origin.
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Fatal Strike a Rarity in "Lightning Proof" Southern California

August 5, 2014 - 9:48am
A lightning strike that left one man dead and 13 injured in Venice Beach is a rare event in Southern California.
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Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers

August 5, 2014 - 7:16am
The discovery of an octopus that lives in big groups is shattering even the most expansive ideas of known octopus behavior.
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Q&A: Ebola Spreads in Africa—and Likely Will Spread Beyond

August 4, 2014 - 2:31pm
The Ebola virus has killed a Liberian doctor and infected two Americans in the worst-ever Ebola epidemic, which has now spread to Nigeria.
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Asteroid Timing Erased the Dinosaurs?

August 4, 2014 - 1:16pm
Amid volcanoes and climate zig-zags, an asteroid impact bumped off dinosaurs at a weak moment for the giant beasts.
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