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Sir Walter Raleigh’s Colony Vanished Over 400 Years Ago. Scientists Are Still Looking
Joe Hernandez | September 16, 2021
Sir Walter Raleigh, an English adventurer, writer and explorer of the Americas, founded a colony in North Carolina in 1587 that later disappeared. Archaeologists hope to uncover new clues about what happened.Hulton Archive | Getty Images It's one of the nation's great mysteries: The first permanent colony of English settlers ...
NASA Is Launching A New Telescope That Could Offer Some Cosmic Eye Candy
Nell Greenfieldboyce | September 16, 2021
Two views of the Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation," both taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The left shows the pillars in visible light; the right image was taken in infrared light.NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team In December, NASA is scheduled to launch the huge $10 billion James ...
A Shimmering Rainbow Fly Has Been Named In Honor Of RuPaul
Sharon Pruitt-Young | September 15, 2021
View from above (dorsal view) of the new soldier fly named after RuPaul, Opaluma rupaul.CSIRO Australia RuPaul has a new accomplishment to add to his resume: having a (fabulous) insect named after him. Researchers with CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, announced that a soldier fly known for its bright, shimmering ...
Scientists Say They Could Bring Back Woolly Mammoths. But Maybe They Shouldn’t
Scott Neuman | September 14, 2021
An artist's impression of a woolly mammoth in a snow-covered environment.Leonello Calvetti/Stocktrek Images | Getty Images/Stocktrek Images Updated September 15, 2021 at 6:24 AM ET Using recovered DNA to "genetically resurrect" an extinct species — the central idea behind the Jurassic Park films — may be moving closer to reality ...
It Was The Deadliest Year Ever For Land And Environmental Activists
Scott Neuman | September 13, 2021
Climate activists in Quezon City, Philippines, light candles and hold LED-illuminated banners in December of last year to commemorates five years since the Paris Agreement and to call for an end to the killing of environmental defenders.Aileen Dimatatac | Majority World/Universal Images via Getty The daughter of Fikile Ntshangase says ...
The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds
Huo Jingnan, Rebecca Hersher, Tegan Wendland, Steve Newborn, Daniel Rivero | September 13, 2021
Homes that were sold by the Department of Housing and Urban Development between January 2017 and August 2020 are in federally designated flood zones at almost 75 times the rate of all homes sold nationwide in that period. New Jersey is one hot spot. Here, flooding from Tropical Storm Henri ...
Surfers Are Trading Natural Waves For Artificial Ones In Waco, Texas
Jon Hamilton | September 12, 2021
Texas surfer Jacob Williams catches big air in Waco, Texas, where artificial waves are generated by compressed air and a computer.Rob Henson | BSR Surf Resort Nearly 200 miles from the nearest ocean, nine surfers are bobbing beneath the Texas sun in what looks like a tropical lagoon. Then a ...
Taco Bell Wants Your Old Sauce Packets So They Can Be Recycled
September 10, 2021
Taco Bell wants customers to collect its sauce packets so they can be turned into other products rather than sent to the landfill.Joshua Blanchard | Getty Images for Taco Bell A sauce packet from a fast-food restaurant might seem like the ultimate throwaway item. But Taco Bell is telling its ...
Pope Francis And Other Christian Leaders Are Calling For Bold Climate Action
Eric McDaniel | September 10, 2021
Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Portal Welby and Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, shown at a meeting of prayer in the Basilica of St. Francis in 2016, are asking for climate action.Vatican pool photo | Getty Images The leaders of three prominent Christian denominations have issued an ...
Smoke And Burnt Plastic Triggered An Alarm On The International Space Station Earlier
The Associated Press | September 9, 2021
In this photo taken by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and provided by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the International Space Station is seen from the Nauka module on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.Oleg Novitsky | AP MOSCOW — Smoke alarms went off at the Russian segment of the International Space Station ...