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Behold Pluto In All Its Majesty

New images zero in on the former planet's diverse surface<p>With its passage through the Pluto system safely navigated, New Horizons can now focus on sending images and data back to Earth. The spacecraft began an intensive data downlink on September 5, but even with its efforts focused on sending back …

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Starwatch: The ice giants

When Pluto was exiled to the class of dwarf planets in 2006, it left a solar system of eight planets that could be divided neatly into two sets of four. Closer to the Sun we have the smaller rocky worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars while beyond the asteroid belt are the gas giants Jupiter, …

U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Decades after the threat of extinction led to them being protected from whalers, there are now about 2,200 blue whales off the West Coast, according to a new study. That's roughly 97 percent of historical levels, say researchers at the University of Washington who call their findings a conservation …