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Cassini’s plunge through Saturn’s rings

Cassini spacecraft prepares to plunge between Saturn’s rings and the planet. Plus … learn to see Saturn. Mars Curiosity rover’s newest self-portrait. …

Astronomy

NASA's Curiosity rover beams home a selfie from a Martian sand dune

NASA's Curiosity rover is checking out some sand dunes on Mars, and like any good traveler in an exotic locale, it has a selfie to prove it.<p>The …

Variations In A Gene Provide Clues About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia might be linked to a gene that tells the immune system to destroy too many connections in the brain, according to the results from a massive gene-focused research effort.<p>Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute studied the genomes of 64,785 people around the world and …

Neuroscience

Rocket Launches First Part of Europe's Space-Based 'Data Highway'

Europe launched the first part of a new space "data highway" on Friday night that will pave the way for faster monitoring of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.<p>The EDRS-A node is the first building block of the European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS), a "big data highway" costing nearly …

Space Exploration

Are we getting closer to understanding where the moon actually came from?

The moon may be the closest object to us in space, but scientists are still struggling to understand how it got there.<p>Most planetary researchers think the moon was created as the result of a collision between the Earth and a long-hypothesized protoplanet called Theia about 100 million years after …

Astronomy

Why Do Humans Have Chins? A Scientist Explains The 'Enduring Puzzle'

James Pampush devoted five years and his Ph.D. dissertation to one question: Why do homo sapiens have chins, when all of our evolutionary relatives don't? He tells NPR's Robert Siegel about "the enduring puzzle of the human chin."<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>And now the question that has really …

Anthropology