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In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Fossils of extinct squidlike creatures called ammonites located in a rock layer very close to the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods.

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

A specimen of the Chimerarachne yingi, an ancient relative of spiders that had a long, whip-like tail that was probably used as a sensory organ.

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

A laser beam shot from one of four telescope units of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, one of the largest in the world. New telescopes such as the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope would dwarf it — if they're completed.

Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader

Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader

Top: Donald J. Trump; Middle: Bill Clinton: Bottom: George H.W. Bush.

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

­“Silicon Valley has been talking about water technology since they started talking about clean tech, but there are no new big ideas,” said Joel Makower, the chairman and executive editor of the GreenBiz Group.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, where the tiny particle believed to have originated in a supermassive black hole was observed last year.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

A view from space of how the sun falls on Earth during solstices and equinoxes captured by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9.

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

An artist's impression of 2004 EW95, a relic of the primordial solar system, which scientists believe originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter but now floats beyond Neptune.

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’

The film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which is being rereleased this year for its 50th anniversary, baffled film critics when it first came out but now tops their lists of the most important movies of all time.

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, viewed from the International Space Station in 2014.

Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

A mid-Cretaceous beetle had a cavity filled with hair at the base of its mandibles for collecting pollen from plants known as cycads.

Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture

Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture

Calestous Juma in 2004. His championing of sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa was informed by his arduous childhood in a poor village there.

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Juul is under federal investigation for marketing its discreet, flash-drive-resembling e-cigarette product to youth.

Review: ‘A Spirit of Charity’ Probes Struggle of Public Hospitals

Review: ‘A Spirit of Charity’ Probes Struggle of Public Hospitals

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals. By Mike King. Secant. 352 pages. $26.95.


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