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Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures

The Portland Bight protected area is home to the iconic Jamaican iguana and 20 other endangered species. Its fragile coastal ecosystem and wildlife faces the risk of being lost for ever as Jamaica approves a Chinese company to build a port. Photographs by Robin Moore

The True Origins of 'X-Men'

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

Comics

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' -- "Ancient Greenhouse Worlds" (Background for Tonights Episode)

For the past million years, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have never exceeded 280 parts per million, but industrialization, forest clearing, …

What is Jupiter Made Of?

Composed predominantly of hydrogen and helium, the massive Jupiter is much like a tiny star. But despite the fact that it is the largest planet in …

Astronomy

A composite image of the SN 1006 supernova remnant, which is located about 7,100 light-years from Earth. See more supernovas: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1534c

Inside the Dragon V2 capsule

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Hunting for Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays Using the Most Massive Planet in Our Solar System

A new giant cosmic ray detector could be the most massive planet in our Solar System. Three scientists at the University of St. Andrews in the UK …

The bright, green glow of a springtime comet shines in this amazing photo captured by an stargazer using the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/153h0

World's Largest Heat Shield Attached to NASA's Orion Crew Capsule for Crucial Fall 2014 Test Flight

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers are installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft’s crew module at the Kennedy …

Daily Mail plagiarizes Planetary Society Blog guest post by Katherine Mack

You have plagiarized a work that I own the copyright of. The name of the article derived from the plagiarism is “Are these mystery radio bursts …

This ugly plant is truly one of a kind

There's nothing else on the planet like the plant called <i>Welwitschia mirabilis</i>. The ancient tree looks like little more than a pile of leaves, and it's only found in the extremely arid desert regions of Namibia. But the species has managed to live on for many millions of years, perhaps because of …

The Week In Numbers: Turning Light Into Matter, A New Dragon Spacecraft, And More

<b>$71 million per astronaut</b>: amount NASA pays Russia for trips to the International Space Station (Elon Musk says he can drop that figure to $20 million with the new, reusable Dragon V2 capsule)<p><b>20,000</b>: objects aboard the ISS, all of which will be tracked by a new robot<p><b>March 35, 2041</b>: date a giant …

Ear Binoculars And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft

The Dragon V2 Capsule can carry humans, dock with the ISS, and land on its own.<p>Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>Although the previous version of the Dragon capsule was flightworthy enough to deliver …

Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval For Commercial Launches

Gettin' the paperwork done for commercial flights into space<p>Virgin Galactic is in the clear, so to speak. The commercial spaceflight company has signed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that lays out how the company will work with federal officials and New Mexico’s air …

APOD: Halo of the Cat's Eye (2014 Jun 01) Image Credit & Copyright: R. Corradi (Isaac Newton Group), Nordic Optical Telescope http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140601.html Explanation: The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its haunting symmetries are seen in the very central region of this stunning false-color picture, processed to reveal the enormous but extremely faint halo of gaseous material, over three light-years across, which surrounds the brighter, familiar planetary nebula. Made with data from the Nordic Optical Telescope in the Canary Islands, the composite picture shows extended emission from the nebula. Planetary nebulae have long been appreciated as a final phase in the life of a sun-like star. Only much more recently however, have some planetaries been found to have halos like this one, likely formed of material shrugged off during earlier active episodes in the star's evolution. While the planetary nebula phase is thought to last for around 10,000 years, astronomers estimate the age of the outer filamentary portions of this halo to be 50,000 to 90,000 years. http://www.ing.iac.es/ http://www.not.iac.es/general/photos/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140601 #APOD

A Way To Put Toxic Museum Artifacts Back Into Their Original Owners' Hands

Museum artifacts are often preserved in mercury, arsenic, or DDT, but chemists are working on ways to clean them well enough for Native people to use again.<p>As <i>High Country News</i> describes it, the Hoopa Tribal Museum is more like a borrowing library than a display museum. If you're a member of the …

The Energizer

In the mid-1980s, Hajnóczky was a medical student at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He remembers colleagues, working in the lab of a …

3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail

The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions at which nerve cells talk to one other by converting electrical signals into chemical ones and then back again. They have two components (sometimes three): the nerve terminal of one cell, …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

The Earth's Gravity Is Pulling So Hard At The Moon, It's Bulging

Everyone knows that the power of the Moon’s gravity is what moves the oceans’ tides here on Earth, but that’s not all the gravitational tug-of-war between the two celestial bodies is doing.<p>The force between the two is so strong that each sphere is ever so slightly pulling the other into a lopsided …

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …