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    Origins of the Universe

    Details of the big bang are obscured by billions of years of cosmic history. But high-tech orbiting telescopes are lifting the veil on our universe's formative years.

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    Supernovae

    Supernovae occur when large stars collapse, ejecting plumes of gas, dust, and energy. Scientists study the remnants of these blasts for clues about the life and death of stars.

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    Nebulae

    Humans have studied nebulae for centuries. But space-based and infrared telescopes that can cut through the dust are casting these cosmic cloud formations in a whole new light.

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    Photo Gallery: Galaxies

    Space-based telescopes have revealed the complex and beautiful details of thousands of our universe's far-flung galaxies.

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'Live From Space' March 14

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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Phenomena

  • Explaining Stillbirth

    A new study on marmoset monkeys offers some hints about the causes of stillbirth.

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    Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's Insect Zoo, entomologists care for a plethora of insects, including giant cockroaches, tarantulas, and even a giant 300-legged centipede. Video.

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