Sparse Snow on Cascade's Mount Baker Viewed from Space
July 31st, 2015
New photos taken from space show the significant snow loss this year atop Mount Baker, in Washington state.
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Ancient Huts May Reveal Clues to Earth's Magnetic Pole Reversals
Grain Bins in Southern Africa
July 29th, 2015
The fiery demise of ancient huts in southern Africa 1,000 years ago left clues to understanding a bizarre weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field — and the role it plays in the magnetic poles' periodic reversals.
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Photos: Spectacular Saltwater Marshes of the Eastern US
salt-water marshes
July 26th, 2015
The extensive estuarine saltwater marshes of eastern North America are large, flat, grassy areas that are flooded daily by the semidiurnal tides of the Atlantic Ocean. Check out these salt marsh photos.
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Tree of 40 Fruit: Dazzling Franken-Tree Has Roots in Science
July 31st, 2015
An art project featuring a live tree that bears 40 different kinds of fruit is more than just a conversation piece. The so-called "Tree of 40 Fruit" — blossoming in a variety of pretty pink hues when completed — is rooted in science.
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Smells Fishy: Putrid 'Corpse Flower' Blooms
UC Berkeley Corpse Flower
July 28th, 2015
"Trudy" the corpse flower burst into bloom at the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, July 25. These rare plants smell like rotting meat.
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Ancient Volcano Tattooed the Earth with Giant Rings
July 24th, 2015
Concentric circles of rocky hills and valleys in South Africa tell a story of a billion-year-old collapsed volcano in newly released photos from NASA.
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Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening 'Hair Ice'
July 23rd, 2015
A century-long puzzle over how delicate strands of glistening ice burst through rotting tree branches, like heads of hair, is closer to being solved.
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'Magnetic' Discovery May Reveal Why Earth Supports Life and Mars Doesn't
Earth's Magnetic Field
July 30th, 2015
Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from harmful blasts of solar radiation, is much older than scientists had previously thought, researchers say.
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Volcanoes Dot Snowy Russian Landscape in New Photo from Space
July 28th, 2015
The ashy peak of a volcano stands out amid a snowy scene, hinting at a recent eruption, in newly released images from NASA.
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Peru Plans to Contact Isolated Amazon Tribe
Mashco-Piro Tribe
July 24th, 2015
The Peruvian government plans to make contact with the isolated Mashco Piro tribe, hoping to quell further violence in their remote region.
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