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This antique technology, called a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder, helps researchers maintain North America’s longest-running weather record.
This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.
Liquid magnets lend themselves to art, as well as medical research.
This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.
An engineer creates a perfect liquid crown using innovative flash photography.
The title-holder for strongest biological material goes to a small mollusk.
Researchers have figured how a toxin-spraying beetle packs its pulsing punch.
When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.
A magnified look reveals the serrated edges that Fluffy uses to clean herself—and rasp meat off bones.
These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.
Two new versions of the iconic Hubble image commemorate the space telescope’s 25th anniversary.
A citizen science project uncovers 30 new species of scuttle fly in Los Angeles.
This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.
The spiraling protective packaging ensconces a single embryo and yolk sac.
Icebergs in Greenland are flipping over like dominoes more often than they have in the past.
Researchers discovered a new type of seadragon, bringing the total number of known species to a whopping three.
Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.
Wilson Bentley brought the beauty of snow crystals to the public using a technique called photomicrography.
Though discarded after birth, the placenta builds the first vital connection between mother and fetus.
A Canadian researcher is cultivating a ghastly looking fungal disease into a gourmet snack.
This bubblegum-pink sea slug is cropping up in areas where it's rarely seen in large numbers.
The interplay of light, bacteria, and water depth influence the dramatic colors at Yellowstone’s famous pool.
New research shows that the electric fish operates like a Taser to immobilize prey.
Sediment cores from around the Yucatán Peninsula support a theory as to what could have led to the Mayans' demise.
You might be able to spot this bright, verdant comet with the naked eye.
The original meet-cute. When sperm and egg meet, sparks fly.
The cogs allow the planthopper nymph to synchronize movement of its hind legs.
Researchers have developed a blight-resistant species that's nearly identical to the American chestnut tree.
This machine was a predecessor to the electronic calculator.
Using data from a robot, scientists have created the first detailed, 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice thickness.
A museum curator has discovered a box of beetles containing specimens collected during a famous expedition.
Some tasty facts about the popular Thanksgiving treat.
While people in a vegetative state appear physically unresponsive, a new study reveals that some might be aware to a degree.
A nebula and a star line up perfectly in the sky.
An exhibit at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum offers a peek through a forensic pathologist’s microscope.
A patient more than 3,000 years-old takes a turn through a CT scanner.
This hard-scaled algae adapted to increased temperatures and acidification of the water—and continued absorbing CO2.
Photographer Alan Friedman documents the sun’s many faces using telescopes, filters, cameras, and computer software.
This rare type of meteorite offers insight into asteroid formation, as well as earth's geologic processes.
A special imaging technology peers inside a mouse eye, revealing the distinct roles that cells play in maintaining retinal health.
This hybrid coral could withstand climate change better than its relatives.
As the climate changes, this species could lose ground in its breeding range but gain wintering ground.
This spider, likely a member of the Thwaitesia genus, was photographed in Singapore.
Discovered at La Brea Tar Pits, the pupa helps reveal clues to what the environment was like in Southern California during the Pleistocene Epoch.
Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.
Biologists photograph the first days of a fiery orange starfish common to Brazil's rocky southern shores.
This ephemeral river may only last a few days a year, but it’s life sustaining.
A researcher uses thermal imaging to study elephant mating behavior.
Hubble's most recent photograph of the universe reveals more than 10,000 galaxies, including young ultraviolet ones.
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