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    A Flesh-Eating Monster

    How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Deadly Disease

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Science and Space Features

  • Journalists dressed in special suits are briefed inside the Clean Room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on the agency's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project on April 9, 2014. The rocket-powered, flying saucer-shaped test vehicle will soon be sent to Hawaii from where it will be propelled into near-space in June from the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

    Best Space Pictures of the Week

    NASA reveals a flying saucer, a heart is spotted on Mars, and the Milky Way gleams in this week's best space pictures.


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    Mapping Deadly Bird Flu

    The H5N1 avian flu virus isn't known to be transmissible through the air, but a study released Thursday shows how mutations to the virus could give it that ability.

  • Photo of the ATLAS particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.

    The End of Science?

    The age at which Nobel prize winners receive their prizes has increased dramatically, especially in physics.


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    Drones Revolutionizing Archaeology

    Cheaper and sharper-eyed than satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles are the latest high-tech tool used to study looting of ancient artifacts.

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    Why Flies Are Hard to Swat

    Flies on the wing react to threats like fighter jets, banking away in a fraction of the blink of an eye, a new study says.


  • This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes a bright spot near the upper left corner. The sun is in the same direction, west-northwest, above the frame. Bright spots appear in images from the rover nearly every week. Typical explanations for them are cosmic rays hitting the light detector or sunlight glinting from rocks.

    Why Mars Photos Show Lights

    Photos snapped by the Mars rover Curiosity appear to show strange lights.


Blog: StarStruck

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    Herschel Space Observatory Running On Empty

    After three years of scouring the universe for evidence of the most distant galaxies, the Herschel Space Observatory is running out of fuel.

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    Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse

    When the Moon slips between the Earth and Sun this week, Slovak astronomer Vojtech Rusin will be ready on a hotel balcony in Cairns, Australia to witness his 19th total solar eclipse.

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    A Grand Tour of the Universe

    Armchair astronomers this kind of atlas—a series of maps and charts that evokes the ability to navigate a place, usually by ship or some sort of vehicle, is for you. In this case all you need is imagination.

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The Innovators Project

  • Abdel Kader Haidara - An Islamic scholar sorts through trunks of ancient manuscripts.

    Brave Sage of Timbuktu

    Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document Mali's illustrious past. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.

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How to Feed Our Growing Planet

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    Feed the World

    National Geographic explores how we can feed the growing population without overwhelming the planet in our food series.

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    The updated companion book to Carl Sagan's Cosmos, featuring a new forward by Neil deGrasse Tyson is now available. Proceeds support our mission programs, which protect species, habitats, and cultures.

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