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Eleanor Imster

Arctic report card 2017

The report shows the warming trend that’s transforming the Arctic region is persisting. The Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades, say scientists.

Darth Vader horseshoe crab

A 245-million-year-old fossil horseshoe crab, recently discovered in Idaho, has been named Vaderlimulus after Star Wars’ Darth Vader. It’s easy to see why.

Shining sea and sky

“When phytoplankton come near the beach, you can see this amazing scene. There is light in the sea and sky,” said Mohammad Rouhbakhsh of Iran, who captured this image.

The largest land organism is … a fungus

Maybe you thought it was the giant sequoia or the African elephant. Not even close. The biggest honey fungus identified in North America measures 3.4 miles across!.

Pismo Beach sunset

Sunset on the last day of November at Pismo Beach, California.

Yetis? Nope. DNA study says bears

A new DNA study of purported Yeti samples from museums and private collections is providing insight into the origins of this Himalayan legend.

Do songbirds share ‘universal grammar’?

A new study suggests that humans and songbirds have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds.

Your dog is good for your heart

Can your dog help you live longer? Maybe, according to a new study of the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health among more than 3.4 million Swedes.

Clouds near Australia

This beautiful and unusual cloud pattern – captured by a NASA satellite – was caused by a phenomenon called “gravity waves.”

Birdseye view of iceberg A-68A

The giant iceberg A-68A calved from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. This photo shows part of iceberg’s edge and open water.