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17 Winning Photos From National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Missing Planet Earth 2 already? This will help.<p>Featuring three categories: Animal Portraits, Landscape, Action, and Environmental Issues, the <i>National Geographic</i> Nature Photographer of the Year covers some of the most incredible images from around the world.<p>Scroll through the gallery to see a …

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Parrot's quirky toy drones are slowly growing up

There was a time when Parrot was <i>the</i> name in consumer drones. That's partly because, way back in 2010 when it launched the AR.Drone, the DJI Phantom was still some years away. Today, the landscape is a little different: DJI now dominates the skies, while its competitors can't seem to catch a break. …

Scientists Say We Underestimated How Much Sea Levels Have Risen

From bad to worse.<p>Scientists say in a new study that previous measurements of rising sea levels in the Northern Hemisphere in the 20th century were wrong—it's actually worse than we thought. They say we have been underestimating rising sea levels by 5 to 28 percent depending on the location in the …

We May Have Found a Way to Cheat the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Physicists created a new quantum theorem for entropy, and included is a possible exception.<p>The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy in the universe must always increase. It's an immutable law of physics, and it's the reason you can't get free energy or perpetual motion machines. But a …

Scientists Accidentally Discover Method to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

A team of scientists in Tennessee accidentally discovered a new method to convert carbon dioxide to ethanol, a finding that could aid the development …

The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …