Lunch in the Lab

  • October 1, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    The parachute for the Mars Science Laboratory mission to Mars. The Mars Curiosity Rover will stop collecting data during the shutdown. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech. Just before 11 p.m. Monday night, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft sent this message via Twitter: Due … Continue reading

  • September 26, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    Get ready Friday for the first of a three-part, several thousand-page worldwide climate report. Photo of melting ice caps by KEENPRESS/Getty Images. On Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release the first part of its fifth assessment report … Continue reading

  • August 30, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    PBS NewsHour producer Cat Wise and videographer Jason Lelchuk were among the first film crews allowed access to the Hetch Hetchy Dam, which is in the fireline of the massive Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Cat Wise. … Continue reading

  • August 26, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    Walter White demonstrates chemistry as “the study of change” in the pilot episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad. Photo by AMC’s Breaking Bad. With “Breaking Bad’s” return to the airwaves and approaching series finale, we can’t help but pause to take … Continue reading

  • August 22, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA’s Cassini mission. The mission has assembled this collage from the shared images. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech. In June, … Continue reading

  • August 5, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    The Mars Curiosity Rover team celebrates on Aug. 5, 2012, inside the spaceflight operations facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the first pictures appear on screen after a successful landing on Mars. Photo by Brian van der Brug-Pool/Getty Images … Continue reading

  • July 26, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    The spotted owl, which dwells in old growth forests, is facing extinction from habitat loss and threats from its cousin, the barred owl. Photo by William F. Campbell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images. The spotted owl, with its big, bright eyes, sweet … Continue reading

  • July 23, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    An estimated 120,000 people have viewed the giant “corpse flower” since it bloomed Sunday at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Photo by Justin Scuiletti. WASHINGTON — After stubbornly staying closed days longer than expected, the U.S. Botanic Garden’s great titan arum … Continue reading

  • July 19, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    This picture of Earth from space was taken in June 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles. Photo by NASA. Okay, so it’s kind of gimmicky, but it’s all in the spirit of … Continue reading

  • July 17, 2013   BY Jenny Marder  

    This computer-generated montage shows Neptune and Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, from January 1990. Photo by SSPL/Getty Images. A new, far-flung moon orbiting Neptune was discovered earlier this month and announced this week, bringing that planet’s cache of known moons up … Continue reading

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