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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #76

Wildlife<p>This is the 76th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections we have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and how much effort all of the contributing photographers and enthusiasts have …

Top NASA Scientist: We'll Find Signs of Alien Life 'Within a Decade'

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

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Mars has nitrogen, key to life: NASA

By drilling into Martian rocks, Curiosity found evidence of nitrates, compounds containing nitrogen that can be used by living organisms.<p>The Curiosity team has already found evidence that other ingredients needed for life, such as liquid water and organic matter, once existed at the site known as …

Sangay Volcano Erupts in Ecuador

Human Journey<p>This past December, our team trekked up a remote, active volcano in Ecuador known as Sangay, “The Giver.” We collected more than 60 geologic samples from lava flows and rocks all up and down the slopes, which will help us better understand the working of this and other volcanoes around …

Fighting Back Lionfish for Invasive Species Awareness Week

Wildlife<p>“We’re going to win this one,” said Doug, an instructor at the Islamorada Dive Center, as he peered into the cooler. “I have a good feeling.”<p>It was a balmy February afternoon in the Florida Keys and excitement was high. Since dawn, teams of divers had been scouring reefs with one target in …

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Stripes Are Cool

Wildlife<p><i>And not just cool-looking</i>.<p>Thanks to funding from the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration, we have recently published our first paper about how the zebra got its stripes. The paper was published in Royal Society Open Science (details below) in January and has been …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #22

Changing Planet<p><b>“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi</b><p>Earlier this month many of us, delighting in the tradition of fresh starts, aligned the 1st of January with …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75

Changing Planet<p>Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how …

Snapchat update makes it easier to have affairs, but teen outcry prompts U-turn

Snapchat’s latest update removed a feature which has irritated sexters for years – but some of the app’s teen users are so unhappy that the company has promised to reverse the decision.<p>The “best friends” lists, a part of the app for more than two years, have been removed. The lists display the top …

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