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Science picture of the day
Hydrogel superglue is 90 percent water News.science360.gov.org
16 Nov 2015

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In this image, engineered hydrogel is being pulled away from a glass surface. Engineers at MIT have developed a method to make synthetic, sticky hydrogel that is more than 90 percent water. The material shows a property called “tough wet adhesion” comparable to tendon and bone interface. The wavy edge instability at the interface is a hallmark of strongly adhered soft material on a ri...

A peek at the secret life of pandas News.science360.gov.org
13 Nov 2015

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A panda makes its way through the mountains of the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, China. The picture was taken using a motion-detector camera trap. A recent study by researchers from Michigan State University followed five pandas wearing global positioning system tracking collars to better understand how the reclusive animals move through their habitat. The five pandas—thr...

Earth science picture of the day
Ginkgo Leaf Epod.usra.edu
27 Nov 2015

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Photographer: John Stetson
Summary Author: John Stetson

The photo above showing a distinctive fan-shaped ginkgo leaf was taken in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. Evidently, 10 percent of the trees in Manhattan are ginkgoes. The fossil record shows that the ginkgo tree today looks much the same as it did 270 million years ago. It's essentially a living fossil. Originally native to Chin...

Shagbark Hickory Epod.usra.edu
26 Nov 2015


Photographer: Dale Hugo Summary Author: Dale Hugo

Shown above is a sturdy shagbark hickory tree caught in the late afternoon autumn sunshine at the Kennicott Grove located in Glenview, Illinois. It's easy to see how this tree got its name. Native to Illinois and much of Eastern North America, the shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) grows slowly, often with a very straight trunk. These deciduous h...


Gravity s Grin Apod.nasa.gov

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Planets of the Morning Apod.nasa.gov

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Hubble picture of the day
Hubble Uncovers Fading Cinders of Some of Our Galaxy's Earliest Homesteaders Hubblesite.org
5 Nov 2015

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About 13 billion years ago, long before our sun formed, the construction of our Milky Way galaxy was just beginning. Young, mostly sun-like stars in the core, or central bulge, provided the building blocks for the galaxy's foundation. Many of these building-block stars have long since burned out, and are now just dying embers. But contained within these dead ...

AURA Appoints New STScI Director Hubblesite.org
30 Oct 2015

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Dr. Kenneth R. Sembach has been appointed director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore.

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Botswana’s Diamond Mines Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
27 Nov 2015

Botswana’s Diamond Mines
The diamonds in millions of wedding rings came from mines in northeastern Botswana.

A Slice of Iowa in Brazil Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
26 Nov 2015

A Slice of Iowa in Brazil
The transformation of Brazil’s tropical savannas into farmland has made western Bahia into a prime area for soybean production.

NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards

Tropical Storm Sandra Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
25 Nov 2015

Tropical Storm Sandra
Sandra was a tropical storm before growing into a late-season hurricane.

Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
25 Nov 2015

Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two
Nishinoshima has grown to twelve times its original size.

Animal of the day
Naked Mole Rat - More Than Meets The Eye Thewebsiteofeverything.com
22 Aug 2015
Naked mole ratThe naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a rodent, known for its burrowing and is indigenous to East Africa. The mole rat possesses a number of characteristics which allow it to survive in underground and harsh environments.

The average naked mole rat is between 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) in length and weighs between 1.1 and 1.2 ounces (30 to 35 grams). They have small eyes, poor...

Northern Pudu - the World's Smallest Deer Thewebsiteofeverything.com
7 Jul 2015
The Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) is the world's smallest deer. This little inhabitant of the Andes Mountains weighs in at only 3 to 6 kg, or 7 to 13 pounds. The Northern Pudu lives and plays across Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. They prefer to stay in the higher elevations of the Andes Mountain range. Most of them live at least 2000 meters above sea level. The climate here is a temperate r...

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