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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

One of five turbines that make up the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States, off the Rhode Island coast.

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

The Caño Cristales in Colombia, home to Macarenia clavigera, which turns the river bright colors in the rainy season. It has become a tourist attraction, but oil reserves nearby have pitted the government against a petroleum company.

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

A crow picking up a discarded cigarette at Puy du Fou, a theme park in France that has enlisted six birds as tiny, winged maintenance workers.

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Fully programmable robots were on display at the Humanoids 2013 conference in Atlanta. The goal is to enable them to work effectively and even autonomously in emergency situations.

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Manu Prakash with his mother, center, in India, where it was not long before he began showing an appetite for science.

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

The view from the summit of "Mount Thoreau" looking south toward the Palisades and the Northern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

An 18th-century ship was discovered last month in Old Town Alexandria, Va., the fourth discovered in recent years within a two-block radius.

How to Decide Whether Ailing Chimps Get Moved to a Sanctuary

How to Decide Whether Ailing Chimps Get Moved to a Sanctuary

Sandy was a lab chimp, now retired at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. The N.I.H. is deciding whether old, ill chimps formerly used in research should be moved to sanctuaries like Chimp Haven, or retire in place.

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Studies have shown that elephants may be monitoring ground vibrations through their bodies, fleeing for higher ground moments before distant tsunamis strike or stomping on the ground to warn others of danger.

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

An interrogation room in a police precinct in Harlem. Close to 20 percent of interrogations occur during normal sleep hours, midnight to 8 a.m., a new study notes.

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

Across the country, biohackers — hobbyists, amateur geneticists, students and enthusiasts — are practicing gene editing, concerning some bioterrorism experts.

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

A specimen of the Chimerarachne yingi, an ancient relative of spiders that had a long, whip-like tail that was probably used as a sensory organ.

To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

Lee Se-dol, a professional Go player from South Korea, was smiling amid other players despite losing four of five games against a Google computer program called AlphaGo.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

Plant growth is increasing because of rising carbon dioxide. But plants return carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at night, in a process called respiration.


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