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A human-dependent mosquito, the range of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti is projected to grow in the U.S. and affect more people globally. Image via sanofi-pasteur/Flickr

Warming temps to raise Zika virus risk

Global warming will cause more people to be exposed to the mosquito that carries Zika virus, says a new study. Why this mosquito is such a good virus-spreader.

DSAC is prepping for a yearlong experiment to characterize and test its suitability for use in future deep space exploration.  Image via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Measuring time in deep space

A scientist developing the Deep Space Atomic clock on why it’s key for future space missions.

Ash cloud over Volcan del Ruiz, 20 May 2016 via Servicio Geológico Colombiano

Colombian volcano activity sparks concern

Ash plumes and tremors in Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano are raising fears of destructive mudflows and the possibility of an eruption.

Working bee colonies. Image via Elina L. Nino

Deciphering mysterious honey bee decline

While the massive and sudden colony collapses that occurred a decade ago have abated, honey bees are still dying at troubling rates.

Ivory gull. Image via Ed Schneider/Flickr

Seagulls on an iceberg

A group of ivory gulls – a threatened species of seagull – has made a colony in an unusual place: On an iceberg.

Photo credit: Smithsonian

Are these non-humans conscious?

Lots of non-humans – octopuses, crows, monkeys, machines – are intelligent. Could some also be conscious?

We’re on the hunt for life – what do we do when we find it? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of Prime Directive

A philosopher argues that now is the time to figure it out, before we make the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life.

Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Photo credit: James Jordan

Your top 3 tips to avoid mosquito bites

Simple things you can do to get fewer mosquito bites this summer.

Imagined view from the surface of one of the newly discovered planets, with ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 in the background. Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Just 40 light-years away, 3 potentially habitable planets

Earth-like planets aren’t exclusively orbiting sunlike stars. Ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 hosts 3 potentially habitable planets.