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Hydrothermal system at the Danakil Depression. The yellow deposits are a variety of sulphates and the red areas are deposits of iron oxides. Copper salts colour the water green. Image credit: Felipe Gomez/Europlanet 2020 RI
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2016

Inhospitable Danakil Depression hosts extreme life

The area is below sea level, with near-boiling water bubbling up from underground, high salt concentrations and toxic vapor. And yet life survives here.

Image taken from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rugged surface of the Naukluft Plateau, plus upper Mount Sharp at right and part of the rim of Gale Crater. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Science Wire | Apr 28, 2016

Mars rover crosses most rugged terrain so far

The Curiosity rover has nearly crossed a stretch of the roughest terrain it’s seen during its 44 months on Mars. Scientists are monitoring the wear and tear on the rover’s wheels.

Image credit: NASA/SDO
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2016

Stunning view of solar flare

On April 17, an active region on the sun’s right side released a mid-level solar flare, which can be seen in this video as a bright flash of light.

Image credit: NOAA
Science Wire | Apr 27, 2016

Does this jellyfish look like a spaceship, or what?

Video of a spectacular jellyfish that floated past NOAA’s ROV on April 24, 2016 in the Mariana Trench – the deepest oceanic trench on the planet.

Science Wire | Apr 26, 2016

Dinosaurs already in decline before asteroid apocalypse?

New research suggests that dinosaurs were in decline tens of millions of years before the meteorite impact that finished them off.

The morning planets and the bright star Antares on April 19, 2016. Photo by Tom Wildoner. Visit Tom at LeisurelyScientist.com
Today's Image | Apr 24, 2016

Clouds, moonglow, 2 planets

Mars and Saturn, plus the bright star Antares and other stars in the constellation Scorpius. The bright one is Mars!

Photo: Monarch Watch
Science Wire | Apr 20, 2016

How monarchs find Mexico without a map

Researchers say they’ve cracked the secrets of the monarch butterfly’s internal compass.

Ceres' Haulani Crater, shown in enhanced color, with a diameter of 21 miles (34 kilometers), shows evidence of landslides from its crater rim. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Science Wire | Apr 20, 2016

New images of Ceres craters

New Dawn spacecraft images of two craters on the dwarf planet Ceres, Haulani and Oxo. Haulani looks like a fresh impact into Ceres’ surface.

This is a new and expanded view of the tree of life, with clusters of bacteria (left), uncultivable bacteria called 'candidate phyla radiation' (center, purple) and, at lower right, the Archaea and eukaryotes (green), including humans. Image credit: Graphic by Zosia Rostomian, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Science Wire | Apr 19, 2016

New tree of life doesn’t look as you’d imagine

The tree of life, which depicts how life has evolved and diversified on the planet, is getting a lot more complicated.

Photo credit: Smithsonian
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2016

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

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