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Eleanor Imster

Bees understand the concept of zero

Scientists just learned that honeybees can understand the concept of zero. That puts bees in an elite club of clever animals – some birds, monkeys, humans – that can grasp the abstract notion of nothing.

New image of the Tarantula Nebula

Glowing brightly about 160,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our Milky Way’s satellite galaxies.

Storm on the way

Storm heading towards Taylor’s Lake near Horsham, Australia on June 11, 2018. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Gulf of Mexico 2018 dead zone forecast

NOAA scientists project that this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill marine life – will be about the size of Connecticut.

What we inherited from bug-eating mammal ancestors

If you’re an advocate for insects in human diets, go ahead. Munch on a grasshopper. The genes needed to digest bugs are still in our genome, inherited from the tiny, furry distant ancestors of all mammals, including humans.

Watch spacewalk June 14

On Thursday, 2 astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a 6 1/2 hour spacewalk. NASA’s live coverage begins at 10:30 UTC (6:30 a.m. EDT). The spacewalk itself is scheduled to start at 12:10 UTC (8:10 a.m. EDT).

End of the journey for iceberg B-15?

B15 was the largest iceberg ever recorded to break away from Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. That was in the year 2000. Now the iceberg is nearly gone. See its remant from space, and the track of its journey.

Mars explorers wanted!

Can you picture yourself as an explorer, farmer, surveyor or teacher on Mars? Download a NASA Mars poster (free!) that speaks to you.

Explore 20 years of Earth data

From NASA, 2 decades of planetary change. See detailed views of volcanoes fuming, hurricanes flooding, dams being built, wildfires sweeping across landscapes and more.

Vesturhorn reflection

Wow! Photo by Grafixart Sam of Iceland’s Vesturhorn mountain.