One of Antarctica's emperor penguins sitting on its tiny chick to keep the little one warm. [See more penguin photos]
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4-Foot-High Hail, Oh My!
Credit: Potter County Fire Department via NWS Amarillo.
Feel free to believe your eyes: According to the National Weather Service of Amarillo, Texas, this picture is the real thing. Between 3 and 4 p.m. CDT…Read More »
on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 a storm dumped massive amounts of pea-sized ice balls about 25 miles north of Amarillo. Wind and subsequent rains carved the hail into drifts four feet high, as seen here with a member of the Potter County Fire Department. [See more amazing science images] Less «
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Comet Demolition Derby
Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/Bram Acke, KU Leuven, Belgium
A young star called Formalhaut that is home to at least one alien planet is also ringed by a vast, dusty cloud of comets, like our own solar system. But…Read More »
there's a big difference: There may be as many as 83 trillion comets there, with collisions destroying thousands each day, a new study suggests. [Read full story] Less «
A new national park in Russia is an attempt to save the world's rarest cat, the Amur leopard. The park, announced Tuesday (April 10) by the World Wildlife…Read More »
Fund (WWF), encompasses 650,000 acres (262,000 hectares) of Amur leopard breeding area in Russia's Far East. Now called the Land of the Leopard National Park, the park covers about 60 percent of the critically endangered cat's habitat.
Shown here, a female Amur leopard named Narva had recently had cubs as indicated by the small tracks in the snow in her range. [Read full story] Less «
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Credit: David Duneau
New research reported this week reveals why it's good to get naked for some organisms. The study found the molting process, in which crustaceans and insects…Read More »
lose their exoskeleton in order to form a new one may actually protect molting animals from parasites.
Shown here, a water flea (Daphnia magna) undergoes molting. Like all crustaceans, this tiny creature must molt to grow. [Read full story] Less «
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Northern Lights Expedition!
Credit: Roger M. Marty
SPACE.com reporter Mike Wall tagged along on an aurora expedition in Alaska, where researchers launched dozens of weather balloons high into central Alaska's…Read More »
northern lights displays (which are also known as the aurora borealis).
Shown here, astrophotographer Roger M. Marty snapped the aurora north of Poker Flats, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2012. [Read full story] Less «