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Launch of Orbital-2 Mission to the International Space Station

Rain puddle, Milky Way, in Arches National Park

A high rock formation and rare rain puddle in the desert near Moab, Utah beneath the grandeur of the Milky Way.<p>Mike Taylor captured this photo. He …

Hubble Telescope Spots an Intergalactic String of Pearls

Space<p>No jeweler on the planet can beat the string of pearls spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope: The merger of two elliptical galaxies has created a "necklace" of infant stars stretching for 100,000 light-years.<p>Everything about this picture is big: The stellar string would stretch from one end of …

Universe

Why some chimps are smarter than others

Chimpanzees don't just get their smarts by aping others chimps, like humans, inherit a significant amount of their intelligence from their parents, new research reveals.<p>Researchers measured how well 99 captive chimpanzees performed on a series of cognitive tests, finding that genes determined as …

Child Skulls Unearthed In Bronze Age Settlements May Have Been Gifts To The Lake Gods

Children's skulls found at the edges of Bronze Age settlements may have been a gruesome gift for the local lake gods.<p>The children's skulls were discovered encircling the perimeter of ancient villages around lakes in Switzerland and Germany. Some had suffered ax blows and other head traumas.<p>Though …