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  • This photo taken in late 2011 and released by University of Aberdeen, shows a hadal sailfish that was caught in a trap at a depth of 7,000 meters in the Kermadec Trench near New Zealand. Scientists say the sailfish are providing new insights into how deep fish can survive.

    How deep can a fish go? Scientists may have answerMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive. In a paper published this week, scientists describe catching translucent hadal snailfish at a depth of 4.3 miles. By measuring levels of a compound in the fish that helps offset the effects of pressure, the scientists say they’ve concluded that fish likely can’t survive below about 5.1 miles. That would mean no fish at all live in the deepest one-quarter of the world’s oceans.

     
  • This handout artist conception provided by NASA depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit their host star from the vantage point of the observer. This angle is called edge-on. Our galaxy is looking far more crowded as NASA Wednesday confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets circling stars other than our sun.

    NASA announces mother lode of new planetsFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    To the list of planets orbiting distant stars, add another 715. That’s the number of planets, strewn among 305 planetary systems, popping out of the observational data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, according to two new scientific papers released Wednesday by NASA.

     
  • The Cygnus supply ship is released from the International Space Station. Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

    Supply ship departs space station after 5 weeksFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash. A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station’s big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus, as the orbiting lab sailed 260 miles above the South Atlantic. Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up Wednesday when it plunges through the atmosphere, over the Pacific.

     
  • Nuclear repository monitored for radiationFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Energy says personnel are on-site Saturday to assess what officials are calling a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

     
  •  Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History shows canine skeletons Friday unearthed by investigators in Mexico City.

    Ancient dog burial site found in Mexico CityFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Archaeologist Antonio Zamora, who works at the excavation site, said a biologist told the team the remains belonged to medium-sized dogs with full sets of teeth, likely common dogs.Aztecs kept pets Techichi dogs, a breed with short legs believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua dog, and Xoloitzcuintlis, whose remains can be identified because of the loss of some of their teeth during adult age.

     
  •  This composite image shows before and-after images taken by the Opportunity rover. At left is an image of a patch of ground taken on Dec. 26, 2013. At right is in image taken on Jan. 8, 2014 showing a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that had not been there before.

    Mystery of 'jelly doughnut' Martian rock solved Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Scientists have solved the mystery of the “jelly doughnut” rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere.

     
  •  Above, Brendan Barnett, 11, of Hoffman Estates, tests theories of friction while pulling a cloth out from under objects Sunday at the Fermi Lab Family Open House in Batavia. Below, Richard Yang, 10, of Wheaton, spins a bucket full of Ping-Pong balls. He was doing an experiment to test centripetal force. About 2,000 children and families attended the annual event where kids get to try hands-on experiments and meet scientists.

    Future scientists visit Fermi for Family Open House Day Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 2,000 children and families learned about physics and other science concepts Sunday afternoon at the annual hands-on Family Open House at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. The event included ask-a-scientist sessions, tours of the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory and booths with experiments on topics including magnets, air pressure, Newton’s laws and friction.

     
  •  Sixth-graders Jane Pak, left, and Kaitlyn Lu of the “Fuzzy Pink Bunnies of Doom” team from Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove compete Saturday for the Illinois First Lego League’s Northern Illinois title at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

    Lego robot competition commences in Arlington Hts. Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Teams of elementary and middle school students from around the suburbs competed Saturday for the Illinois First Lego League’s Northern Illinois title Saturday at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. The teams, 62 in all, design, build and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology to create innovative solutions to problems facing today’s scientists.

     
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  •  Teacher Tracy Popescu, right, helps high school junior Carter Buono, 17, with a problem in an algebra II class at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

    Texas drops algebra II mandate Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The state that started a trend by making high school students tackle algebra II is now abandoning the policy in a move praise by school districts for affording more flexibility. But some policy experts are nervous because nearly 20 states have followed Texas’ lead in requiring the vigorous course.

     
  •  An Inia araguaiaensis dolphin in the Araguaia River in Amazonas state, Brazil. Scientists say it is the first new river dolphin species discovered in nearly 100 years.

    New river dolphin species found in Brazil Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    “The Araguaia dolphin is very similar to its Amazon river cousin although somewhat smaller and with fewer teeth,” bilogist Tom Hrbek said. He added that there were about 1,000 “Inia araguaiaensis” dolphins living in the 1,630-mile river.

     
  •  Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses Friday with the 4,000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood during the launch of his book ‘The Ark Before Noah’ at the British Museum in London.

    British Museum: Prototype for Noah’s Ark was round Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The tablet records a Mesopotamian god’s instructions for building a giant vessel — two-thirds the size of a soccer field in area — made of rope, reinforced with wooden ribs and coated in bitumen.

     
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS A landslide trench and ridge east of Reelfoot Lake is seen near Obion County, Tenn., made by the New Madrid earthquakes in the early 1800s. U.S. Geological Survey scientists reported Thursday that the New Madrid fault zone is still active and could unleash future powerful earthquakes. The zone in the U.S. Midwest produced three strong quakes in 1811 and 1812.

    Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead yet,” said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, who was part of the study published online by the journal Science.

     
  •  Avery Hepko, 11, left, and partner Elizabeth Ibata, 12, of South Middle School in Arlington Heights hook up their wooden boom structure device to a bucket that will fill with sand. Supervisor Yongjian Liu watches carefully as the girls prepare their device at a Science Olympiad invitational. The boom held more than 22 pounds of sand.

    Arlington Hts. Science Olympiad a place for kids to belong Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    South Middle School students Patrick Shalton and Derek Prusener have one clear goal in mind for this year — making the Science Olympiad nationals. The 8th graders are co-captains of South’s Science Olympiad varsity team, which took third place in the state for the last three years. Only the top two in state make it to nationals, which this year will be in May in Florida.

     
  •  Sheila Jackson, left, and Liz Smith, both of Carrollton, Texas, hold signs Saturday as they protest outside the Dallas Convention Center where the Dallas Safari Club is holding its weekend show and auction.

    Kill a black rhino to save a black rhino? Jan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jim and Lauren Riese traveled with their children from Atlanta to protest the auction of the rare black rhino hunting permit in Dallas. Ries said it was his son Carter, 12, and daughter Olivia, 11, who pushed for them to go and participate.

     
  •  Marijuana is arranged for a photograph inside the Evergreen Apothecary in Denver.

    N.Y. governor takes careful step on medical marijuana Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Under Cuomo's plan, people with cancer, glaucoma and possibly some other “life-threatening or sense-threatening” conditions could seek to get marijuana through studies based at hospitals yet to be named, with “stringent research protocols and eligibility requirements.” His initiative bypasses a state Legislature that has declined to pass more ambitious medical marijuana laws. He’s relying instead on his administrative powers to carry out a 1980 law allowing medical-marijuana research.

     
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful flight Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by airplane to 46,000 feet Friday and then released. The craft used its rocket motor the rest of the way to reach its highest altitude to date.

     
  •  This undated image made available by the European Space Agency and NASA on Tuesday shows galaxies in the Abell 2744 cluster, and blue galaxies behind it, distorted and amplified by gravitational lensing. The long-exposure image taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows some of the intrinsically faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in visible light.

    Long shots: Galaxies from 13.2 billion years ago Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured snapshots of never-before seen galaxies far, far away. Try 13.2 billion years ago. That’s so long ago and far away that Hubble was never supposed to see these clusters of baby stars.

     
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS This image provided by NASA shows the piece of metal with the American flag on it is made of aluminum recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City on Mars Rover Spirit that serves as a cable guard for Spiritís rock abrasion tool as well as a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Mars rover photographs featured at Smithsonian Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet’s surface. Now the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting more than 50 of the best photographs from the two rovers known as Spirit and Opportunity in an art exhibit curated by the scientists who have led the ongoing mission.

     
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