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Stories by Jacob Margolis
While it sounds bad that scientists are crashing the Cassini spacecraft into Saturn, the final move is arguably one of the most important of the mission.
Asteroid Florence is 2.7 miles wide, one of the largest known near-Earth objects ever spotted, and it'll pass by 4.4 million miles from Earth September 1.
Once the virus enters the bloodstream of a pregnant woman it tricks the immune system, suppresses it and spreads quickly.
On Aug. 21, the moon will cross in between the earth and the sun, the land will darken, the temperature will drop and we'll see an astronomical phenomenon.
Saturn's sixth largest moon is a winter wonderland, always covered in a fresh layer of snow. If you had a spacesuit and gnarly set of skis, you might be good to go.
New studies predict heat waves and droughts will become more common as temperatures continue to rise. Rising seas are also likely swamp low-lying areas.
As temperatures rise and pollution increases, more people could suffer heart attacks, stroke, lung cancer and more diseases.
Scientists say that they've come up with an approach to cancer that's less atomic bomb and more surgical strike, using stem cells.
It's so cold on Titan that its equator is nothing but dunes as far as the eye can see. But, they're not made of sand. They're made of little chips of water.
Scientists from USC and Cal Tech have found that a certain enzyme can greatly speed up the process of transforming carbon dioxide into alkaline water.
If you spread out all of the plastic ever manufactured in a pile that was ankle deep, it would cover an area of land roughly the size of Argentina, a researcher says.
The intimidating, swirling Great Red Spot, has captivated observers for ages. Now, we've got the closest images of it ever.
All it takes is impact with something the size of a pebble to destroy delicate equipment, so Cassini had to protect herself.
No herd immunity, a large concentration of aedes aegypti mosquitoes and travel back and forth to Latin America were all likely contributors to the Zika outbreak in Florida.
If the budget passes as is, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will feel some cuts but gain some additional funds for planetary exploration.