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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was pumped up after it arrived at the International Space Station in 2016. NASA says it's doing well in the harsh environment.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
It was a harrowing journey. Nedal Said made a new life in Germany — and found what he'd always been looking for.
Monday, July 10, 2017
NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over the Great Red Spot, a swirling storm on Jupiter, on Monday. Scientists are hoping to gain a better understanding of the storm and why it persists.
Monday, July 03, 2017
In 1997, the spacecraft's mission paved the way for the more sophisticated rovers operating on the Red Planet today.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
In a crowdsourced search for celestial objects, four volunteers helped scientists identify a brown dwarf by studying images taken over the years by a NASA satellite.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A human rights group finds itself with an interesting problem — an overwhelming number of videos to catalog as it builds legal cases. Computer scientists are creating tools to analyze the videos.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.
Friday, April 21, 2017
A March for Science will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities in the U.S. Organizers say the march is a non-partisan celebration of science. It's meant to both encourage political leaders to fund science and rely on scientific evidence when making policy decisions. Critics worry the march will turn into an anti-Trump rally and paint scientists as just another interest group.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Astronomers think there's an undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, and they're asking the public's help to find it.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Carmen Bachmann, a professor in Leipzig, is building an online network to help political refugees who are scientists or social scientists connect with professional peers in Germany — their new home.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
The Trump administration's travel ban is preventing some researchers from returning to the U.S. Scientists fear this could negatively impact collaborations and international scientific meetings.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Anthropologists in Germany say they may not need old bones to recover ancient DNA. They just analyze dust from the floor of caves where Neanderthals and other now-extinct human relatives once resided.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Ninety young Syrian refugees are teaming up with neuroscientists in Leipzig to figure out the quickest and best way to teach German as a second language. Vocabulary first, or grammar early on, too?
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Scientists will search the sky Thursday for an undiscovered planet in the outer solar system — they're pretty sure it's out there, and computer models tell them where to look.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
A space rock zipped by Earth on Sunday night. Astronomers knew it didn't pose a threat, in part thanks to a new automated warning program called Scout.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The object known for now as 2014 UZ224 is only about 330 miles across and takes 1,100 years to orbit the sun. But one of the most interesting things about it is the way researchers found it.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Molecular biologist Monica Dus is studying fruit flies to understand how a high sugar diet affects the brain and leads to overeating and obesity. And she just won a big grant to dig deeper.