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Indian Ocean Tsunami Remembered — Scientists reflect on the 2004 Indian Ocean that killed thousands

In the early hours of Dec. 26, 2004, one of the world’s most powerful earthquakes triggered one of the largest tsunamis in 40 years.

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Winter is Coming! The Science of Ice and Fire

The HBO series, Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has captured the imagination of over 24 million...

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The Other 364 Days of the Year: The Real Lives of Wild Reindeer

Caribou, North America’s wild reindeer, have lives apart from their famous role on Christmas Eve. Reindeer, of course, is another common name for...

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New USGS Map of Mars is Most Detailed One Yet

The U.S. Geological Survey released its highest-resolution geologic map of Mars today, and it is the most detailed representation of the Red Planet to...

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The Christmas Flood of 1964

The Christmas flood of 1964 encompassed about 200,000 square miles, or roughly the size of France, resulted in 47 deaths, left thousands homeless and...

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Slowly Swimming Towards Recovery, California’s Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady

When sea otters want to rest, they wrap a piece of kelp around their body to hold themselves steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, California’s...

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Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Birds, Bats, and Bugs

Migratory birds provide ecosystem benefits that include pest control, pollination of plants and serve as food sources for other wildlife.  They are...

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Could You Be a Scientist?

A recent study found that about 30 percent of children drew a female when asked to draw a scientist – an increase from less than one percent in the...

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