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Eleanor Imster

Top 10 new species 2017

This year’s list includes a spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat.

Cape Cod Milky Way

Manish Mamtani captured this image at Salt Pond on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “Happy to be back chasing the Milky Way,” he said.

2nd-warmest April and year-to-date

And, at both the poles, sea ice extents were at or near record low levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Humans and pufferfish share teeth genes

Our teeth evolved from the same genes that make the bizarre beaked teeth of the pufferfish, according to new research.

Alligator’s bellow communicates size

For an alligator, in both love and war, it’s good to be big . An alligator’s bellow communicates just how big it is.

Did this human species coexist with our ancestors?

Fossil remains of Homo naledi found in a South African cave might be the first evidence of another species of hominin coexisting with the first humans in Africa.

Eta Aquarid over Mount Bromo

Cool short video of an early morning Eta Aquarid meteor over Mount Bromo in Indonesia, by Justin Ng. Take a few seconds and enjoy!

Drought is gone from much of US

At the end of April, just 6% of the United States was afflicted by drought. That’s a substantial turnaround from a few years ago.

Watch 200th spacewalk Friday

Watch 2 astronauts perform landmark 200th ISS spacewalk on Friday, May 12. Live coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 UTC). Links to viewing here.

Why did Tsavo lions eat people?

In 1898, a pair of lions ate 135 people at a railroad camp in Kenya. Scientists have analyzed microscopic wear on the lions’ teeth to find out why.