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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Perhaps to Dazzle Away Flies

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Perhaps to Dazzle Away Flies

By Danica Kirka | Feb 23
Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies. That's the conclusion of scientists who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes.

Hurricanes Create Natural Climate Change Labs in Puerto Rico

Hurricanes Create Natural Climate Change Labs in Puerto Rico

By Danica Coto | Feb 23
The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and increasingly severe weather.

Japanese Spacecraft Touches Down on Asteroid to Get Samples

Japanese Spacecraft Touches Down on Asteroid to Get Samples

Feb 22
A Japanese spacecraft touched down on a distant asteroid Friday on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Israel Flying to Moon After SpaceX Launch

Israel Flying to Moon After SpaceX Launch

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 22
An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX.

Tortoise Feared Extinct Found on Remote Galapagos Island

Tortoise Feared Extinct Found on Remote Galapagos Island

Feb 22
A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina.

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

Feb 21
A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Northern Red Sea Coral Reefs May Survive A Hot, Grim Future

Northern Red Sea Coral Reefs May Survive A Hot, Grim Future

By Alon Bernstein and Isabel Debre | Feb 21
As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century.

Neptune's Newest, Tiniest Moon Likely Piece of Bigger One

Neptune's Newest, Tiniest Moon Likely Piece of Bigger One

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 21
Neptune's newest and tiniest moon is probably an ancient piece of a much larger moon orbiting unusually close.

Climate Threat Doubter is Leading Effort to Advise Trump

Climate Threat Doubter is Leading Effort to Advise Trump

By Kevin Freking and Seth Borenstein | Feb 21
The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old physicist who rejects mainstream climate science.

Fouled Waters Reveal Lasting Legacy of U.S. Mining Industry

Fouled Waters Reveal Lasting Legacy of U.S. Mining Industry

By Matthew Brown | Feb 20
Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated.

And Now for the Weather on Mars, Courtesy of New NASA Lander

And Now for the Weather on Mars, Courtesy of New NASA Lander

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 20
And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.

Genes Linked to Blindness Could Lead to New Therapies

Genes Linked to Blindness Could Lead to New Therapies

By Ala Moshiri , University of California, Davis | Feb 20
Inherited diseases of the eye account for at least 2 million cases of blindness worldwide. A few hundred genes that cause eye disease have been identified, but in many cases the cause is unknown because not all eye disease genes have been identified.

First Private Israel Lunar Mission to Be Launched This Week

First Private Israel Lunar Mission to Be Launched This Week

By Ilan Ben Zion | Feb 20
A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.

8 Ways Digital Dentistry is Revolutionizing the Patient Experience

8 Ways Digital Dentistry is Revolutionizing the Patient Experience

Feb 20
Dentistry is undergoing a revolution as digital dentistry moves from concept to reality.

Scientist Who Popularized Term 'Global Warming' Dies at 87

Scientist Who Popularized Term 'Global Warming' Dies at 87

Feb 19
A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

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