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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  • Sunday mass is held at Ayod Catholic Church in Ayod, Jonglei state, southern Sudan on Oct. 31, 2010. The church largely supports the separation of southern Sudan from the North.

    Can South Sudan Survive as a Nation?

    Fighting Between Tribal Groups Threatens to Tear South Sudan Apart

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  • The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image of the open Wild Duck Cluster, Messier 11, or NGC 6705. The blue stars in the centre of the image are the young, hot stars of the cluster. The surrounding redder stars are older, cooler background stars.

    Amazing Photo of Wild Duck Cluster

    The Wild Duck star cluster offers astronomers a view of star factories and skywatchers a wonderful stargazing opportunity.

    Wednesday

  • At the start of 2000 (left), the Aral Sea was already a fraction of its 1960 extent (black line). Dry conditions in 2014 (right) caused the Southern Sea’s eastern lobe to completely dry up for the first time in modern times.

    Aral Sea's New Low

    Once the world's fourth largest lake, the vast Asian lake was drained for irrigation.

    Wednesday

  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, mass covering a tree trunk in their wintering grounds, Monarch butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Michoacan, Mexico

    Origin of Monarch Migration Found

    Gene maps of monarch butterflies and related species suggest that an ice age shift explains their migrations, a study team suggests.

    Wednesday

  • Coal fired power plant in winter with emissions blowing downwind

    Challenging the 2-Degree Limit for Warming

    We've come to think of it as the threshold of catastrophic global warming—but it's the wrong limit to set, two researchers argue.

    Wednesday

  • A photo of Neriid flies.

    Previous Mates Affect Offspring Size

    A female fly’s previous sexcapades can have a profound effect on how her future children look, redefining the way scientists think about inheritance in insects.

    Wednesday

  • Elisa is seen with her young daughter Nyakurm in their makeshift home in the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, June 21, 2014. According to MSF, as of June 20 at least three children under 5 years old are dying per day in the camp.

    Can South Sudan Survive as a Nation?

    Fighting between its two main tribal groups threatens to tear South Sudan apart.

    Wednesday

  • A photo of the outside of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where a patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus.

    First U.S. Ebola Case

    A patient in a Dallas hospital has been found to have the Ebola virus, the first time someone has been diagnosed with the disease in the United States.

    Tuesday

  • Wandering albatross sitting in thick grasses.

    Half of World's Wildlife Lost?

    Wildlife populations are in decline, with numbers of some animals falling by half in the past four decades, according to the 2014 Living Planet Report.

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    Fisherman Rescues Eagle: Explaining Video

    Get the story behind how a young eagle ended up struggling in the water—and how it's faring now.

    Tuesday

  • A photo of an Antarctic fur seal coming ashore to breed.

    World Ocean Health Gets a "D"

    Annual Global Ocean Health Index includes the high seas for the first time, and scientists say the score could have been worse.

    Tuesday

  • Photo of a fiery lava lake in Nyiragongo's crater.

    Q&A: Why Climb Volcanoes?

    After a weekend eruption from Japan's Mount Ontake killed dozens of climbers this weekend, photographer Carsten Peter discusses the allure and danger of the pursuit.

    Tuesday

  • Photo of a sea monkey.

    Herding Sea-Monkeys With Lasers

    Brine shrimp following a laser beam across a tank demonstrate how tiny swimming animals can influence ocean circulation.

    Tuesday

  • Daisy Mae, miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied pig lounges in her West St Paul, Minnesota home with her owner Sarah Davis

    Mini-Pigs, Big Problem

    Mini-pigs that grow big are abandoned or euthanized. Can education, regulation, and sanctuaries solve the problem?

    Tuesday

  • A photo of a masked treefrog.

    Rediscovering Lost Frogs

    A six-month search for frogs that hadn't been seen in decades brings some species back from the dead.

    Tuesday

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