March 2, 2015

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

The Earth eclipses the sun in this view of a lunar eclipse from the Moon, imagined by early-20th-century astronomer and artist Lucien Rudaux

For the first time since 1638, a lunar eclipse coincides with the winter solstice. Add the Ursid meteor shower, and the tonight's sky offers a triple dose of wintry glamor. Read More »

Giant storks and the hobbits of Flores

This modern marabou stork, while formidable, is half the size of its newly-discovered ancient cousin.

On the Indonesian island of Flores, researchers have discovered the remains of a giant bird that might have preyed on the mysterious and controversial Homo floresiensis, an extinct, diminutive close relative of modern humans. Read More »

The Dragon has landed

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With the successful recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule, private space exploration takes a great leap forward. But it's also a reminder of the history of private business in manned spaceflight, both real and imagined. Read More »