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New USGS Map of Mars is Most Detailed One Yet

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

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

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

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?

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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