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By Jenny Marder
Legendary long distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 61, will attempt to be the first person to swim the 103 miles from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage. Photo by Miami Herald via Getty Images. What does swimming 103 miles…
Fingers wrinkled after an afternoon snorkeling. Photo by notanyron via Flickr Creative Commons Beachgoers know it well. You soak in the sea or the tub long enough, and your waterlogged fingers get puckered and funny looking. But why do our…
As new findings are released on the most ancient black holes ever detected, we break down the basics.
When it comes to fruit and vegetables, brown marmorated stink bugs don't discriminate. They feast on peaches, plums, apples, and grapes, along with corn, tomatoes, peppers and soybeans. They extract fluid from the apples, turning them dry and corky, and…
Photo courtesy Katrina Floyd A scary thing happened to Katrina Floyd on the morning of April 27. A thunderstorm swept through her northeast Alabama town of Ider in the early morning hours, uprooting trees and knocking out power and cell…
Photo courtesy of NASA. Updated May 2, 6:00 p.m. ET | NASA now says that repairs to replace and retest a faulty power distribution box has pushed the launch date to May 10 at the earliest. At the root of…
The STAR detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This week, a team of researchers from the Brookhaven National Laboratory announced they had discovered helium's twin particle, antihelium-4, the heaviest antimatter nucleus observed yet. So what does that mean, and why do…
The Gulf of Mexico has always been an oily place. Early sea captains wrote in their log books of slicks of oil. Mayan Indians used natural tars to seal their water jugs and waterproof their canoes. As many as 50…
By Larisa Epatko
NASA marked the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch and the 50th anniversary of the first human in space -- Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 -- by naming the final destinations of its retiring space shuttle fleet.
What is the difference between the nuclear material in a bomb, versus a reactor? A nuclear reactor works by using the energy that is released when the nucleus of a heavy atom splits. That process is called fission. In reactors,…
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