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Eleanor Imster

Largest U.S. indoor ocean exhibit has good news

How natural can seawater be, in a large inland aquarium? Researchers at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta were happy to learn that bacteria in their indoor exhibit mimicked those in the world’s oceans.

Curiosity rover on the move again

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover drove about 197 feet (60 meters) over this past weekend to a site called Lake Orcadie. This was Curiosity’s longest drive since experiencing a memory anomaly on September 15.

This giant flightless bird was nocturnal, possibly blind

If you encountered an elephant bird today, it would be hard to miss. At over 10 feet (3 meters) tall, the extinct bird is the largest known to science. But while you looked up in awe, it’s likely that the big bird wouldn’t be looking back.

2018 ozone hole slightly above average

The ozone hole that forms in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica each September was slightly above average size in 2018, according to NOAA and NASA scientists.

Dusk for Dawn mission to asteroids

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent. The mission to explore the 2 largest bodies in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres, is at an end.

Rare blue asteroid sometimes behaves like a comet

Astronomers caught a glimpse of Phaethon – the bizarre blue asteroid responsible for the Geminid meteor shower – and found it even more enigmatic than they’d thought.

Patagonia moon

Thank you to Grafixartphoto for this image of the moon reflected in a glassy lake in Torres del Paine, a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia on October 23, 2018.

Parker solar probe becomes closest-yet spacecraft to sun

On Monday, the Parker Solar Probe, launched August 12, broke the record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object.

How 600,000 pounds of dead salmon nourished Alaskan trees

For 20 years, researchers counting dead salmon tossed them on the side of a shallow creek. The result, it turns out, was healthier, faster-growing trees. You’ll enjoy this video.

New species of missing link between dinos and birds

“You could say that it puts Archaeopteryx back on its perch as the first bird!”