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The next stop for NASA's Pluto spacecraft may be a duck-shaped space rock

Rubber ducky, you're the one for New Horizons<p>Two years after its famous flyby of Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is zooming toward another space rock at the edge of the Solar System, and scientists now think they may know its shape. The object could resemble a rubber duck or it could be two …

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Pictures: Young Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 winners

Check out the best photos from the 2017 Young Bird Photographer of the Year has today been released and the overall winner has been announced.

Animated map of the solar system shows just how far humans have explored space

This year, 2017, marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit Earth. In those 60 years, we've gone much further, reaching new planets and even the edge of the solar system. Watch as the human race explores the galaxy around us.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

This Absolutely Ginormous Asteroid Is Passing Close by Earth in Two Weeks Time

The mother of near-Earth asteroids.<p>On 1 September, a mammoth 4.4 kilometre (2.7 mile) chunk of rock will pass within an astronomical whisker of our …

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest 2017

An image of a volcano struck by lightning has beaten photographs of crocodiles, dervishes and surfers to win this year's grand prize.

Red panda cubs frolic in the snow

Red panda cubs Harriet and Hazel see the snow for the first time at their Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden home.

Lapland zoo polar bears enjoy snow gift

Truck loads of snow has arrived at a zoo in Lapland in northern Finland so that the resident polar bears have some snow to play in the warm weather.

Cricket's summer song making a comeback

<b>The cheep, cheep, cheep of a cricket in the grass is the quintessential sound of summer.</b><p>As I crunch over heathland in search of the elusive insect, the song fills the air, as if conjured up by a magician.<p>My companion, Mike Coates, the warden here at RSPB Farnham Heath, beams with delight.<p>Earlier, …

Did the first flower look like this?

<b>All living flowers ultimately derive from a single ancestor that lived about 140 million years ago, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists combined models of flower evolution with the largest data set of features from living flowers ever assembled.<p>From this the team was able to infer the appearance of the …

The secret to cooking with your favorite summer produce: Keep it simple.

When we sit down to eat this time of year, we should toast farmers rather than cooks. They’ve done the heavy lifting, and their produce, in all its ripe glory, allows us home cooks to do so little and get so much in return. Since I prefer dishes that require minimal effort, summer is my favorite …

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NOAA Scientists Find 'Ghostlike' Octopod Off Hawaii, Believe It's A New Species

Scientists have spotted a spooky "ghostlike" octopod deep in the waters off Hawaii — but could this curious creature be an entirely new species?<p>The scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who spotted the "remarkable little octopod," which is a translucent white color, last …

Zoology

29 of the most surreal landscapes on the planet

Some are land formations molded over thousands of years by Mother Nature, while others are man-made creations that have altered the earth in strange ways.<p>From the bubbling lava lakes of Ethiopia, to a lake that has been nestled in the desert for 2,000 years, here are 29 landscapes that are so …

One Of Saturn’s Moons May Be Home To Some Very Strange Aliens

We’ve been hunting for aliens for decades and we’ve mostly been disappointed. But Saturn’s moon Titan has been a promising potential cradle for weird, wild new forms of life, and another step towards discovering extraterrestrial species has just been discovered.<p>Titan, at first, seems an unlikely …

A Method in the Madness: How Termites Build and Repair Their Mounds

<b>Bengaluru</b>: Different animals build their homes differently and for varied purposes. Beavers build dams from logs of wood to access food. Woodpeckers …

Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics …

The Tectonic Activity of Earth May Be the Key To Supporting Life

Searching For Tectonic Plates<p>Tectonic plates — which divide Earth’s crust and reshape our planet in an ongoing, dynamic process — may be the key to …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist - in pictures

The Milky Way, the Northern Lights and hurtling asteroids feature in the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 14 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory …

Astronomy

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.<p>Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of …

There Are Seven Times More Massive Comets in Our Solar System Than We Thought

How did we miss this?<p>New research shows that the outskirts of our Solar System are littered with many more large comets than has been previously …

Astronomy

52 Types of Wood and the Trees They Come From

How much do you know about different kinds of wood that might be used in your architectural projects?<p>In the words of the infographic's creator, Alan …

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