BERLIN—Europe’s comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task today—dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it’s been following for more than a decade.
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HONOLULU — Federal researchers have just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.
BERLIN — Europe’s comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task Friday, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it’s been following for more than a decade.
PHILADELPHIA — A rare “black moon” rises Friday night over the Western Hemisphere, but don’t expect to see it.
NASA says a black moon is the second new moon in a calendar month. A new moon is the start of the lunar cycle and the phase where the moon is impossible to see because it’s completely shrouded in darkness.
JOHANNESBURG — Thailand, the world’s biggest exporter of seahorses, is suspending trade in the animal because of concern about threats to its wild population.
The decision was announced at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.
JOHANNESBURG — The pangolin is described as the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. The nocturnal, ant-eating animal got a much-needed boost Wednesday at a U.N. wildlife conference that approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins.
WASHINGTON — A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 per cent of its historic range in just the past two decades.
SALT LAKE CITY — On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.
North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink.
MADRID—If space is the final frontier, it will help to have an accurate map.
The European Space Agency said yesterday its mission to chart more than one billion stars in the Milky Way is on track for completion in a year’s time.