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Solar Plane Completes Most Dangerous Leg of Epic Flight

July 3, 2015 - 10:26am
Experimental aircraft finishes longest stretch in voyage around the world.
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Week's Best Space Pictures: Pluto Reveals a Freckled Face

July 3, 2015 - 8:01am
In the latest pictures from space, galactic sparklers and smoke that blankets the eastern United States.
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Scientists in Flying Telescope Race to Intercept Pluto’s Shadow

July 3, 2015 - 7:00am
As a spacecraft nears Pluto, NASA's airborne observatory flew over New Zealand to catch a rare passage of the dwarf planet in front of a distant star.
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81-Year-Old Wrangler Teaches Cowboy Skills to Navy SEALs, FBI

July 3, 2015 - 6:00am
Smoke Elser’s knowledge of pack mules and crosscut saws proves priceless in machine-free wilderness areas.
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2 Weeks, 4 Deaths, and the Beginning of America's Fear of Sharks

July 2, 2015 - 2:24pm
It took a string of shark attacks in New Jersey 99 years ago this week to make American swimmers fear the ocean’s top predator.
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ISIS Destruction of Ancient Sites Hits Mostly Muslim Targets

July 2, 2015 - 1:36pm
The world is witnessing one of the greatest systematic destructions of Islamic sites in modern times—at the hands of Muslim militants.
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Preserving Data. Protecting Wildlife.

July 2, 2015 - 1:16pm
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Crow Tries to Fight Eagle, Gets Free Ride Instead

July 2, 2015 - 12:45pm
New photos show a crow riding on a giant eagle. But the trip may have started as an attempt to pick a fight.
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Where Alice in Wonderland, Now 150 Years Old, Came From

July 2, 2015 - 6:00am
Once upon a time, a shy Oxford don told a child named Alice about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole. The story immortalized them both.
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Venus and Jupiter Pose For Pretty Pics 'Round the World

July 1, 2015 - 3:55pm
The planets meet up in sunset skies this week, inspiring beautiful photos—where's yours?
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Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened By Hydropower Dams, Study Says

July 1, 2015 - 2:42pm
“We’re watching extinction unfold in front of us,” one scientist says of the impact of Brazil’s Balbina Dam.
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Alaska's Seal Hunt Lasted Only a Few Days Because It's So Hot

July 1, 2015 - 1:43pm
The hunt for bearded seal was abnormally short because of melted ice. Native Alaskans worry about losing their traditional foods and culture.
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What Do Florida and a Comet Have in Common? Sinkholes

July 1, 2015 - 1:39pm
Mysterious pits on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may have formed when the ground beneath them collapsed, say Rosetta mission scientists.
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Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

July 1, 2015 - 12:27pm
A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.
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Great White Sharks Surround Paddleboarders in California

July 1, 2015 - 11:06am
A rare look beneath the Southern California waves shows young great whites in action.
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How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?

July 1, 2015 - 9:15am
The key, says the author of a new book, is to use water better, close yield gaps, eat less meat, and family planning.
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Six Pictures of Beautiful, Bizarre Worms That Slink Or Swim

July 1, 2015 - 6:00am
It’s International Polychaete Day, so let’s give these humble, but critical-to-the-food-web, animals their day in the spotlight.
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Backpacks on Seabirds Hint at Their Navigation Secret

June 30, 2015 - 5:01pm
Shearwaters navigate the open ocean based on their memories of smells that waft in from different directions, a new study suggests.
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Watch: Mother Raccoon Helps Baby Learn to Climb Tree

June 30, 2015 - 2:00pm
A new video shows a raccoon climbing lesson—a vital skill that allows the North American mammals to escape predators.
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Exclusive: Pilot of Solar Plane Shares Secrets of 5-Day Flight

June 30, 2015 - 12:41pm
Swiss pilot battles exhaustion and weather during endurance mission.
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