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  • A black dog lies on mossy vegetation next to a pair of blue running shoes.

    A nose 1,000 times better than ours

    September 29, 2023

    A dog can tell you a lot about the outdoors. When a Lab vacuums the ground with her nose and her tail spins like a helicopter blade, you know a grouse is about to fly. When the dog stops like a dragonfly, then runs off sniffing an invisible path, a snowshoe hare has crossed your trail.

  • Bright yellow leaves in sunshine cover a distant hillside and are reflected in a shadowed pond in the foreground.

    The varying colors of fall equinox

    September 21, 2023

    We are at fall equinox, a day of great equality: All the residents of the entire world -- from Tierra Del Fuego to Rome to Coldfoot -- will live their lives amid 12 hours of daylight, 12 of darkness on Sept. 22, 2023.

  • Image of projected Mars ocean

    New Mars gravity analysis improves understanding of possible ancient ocean

    September 19, 2023

    The first use of a novel method of analyzing Mars’ gravitational force supports the idea that the planet once had an extensive northern ocean. In doing so, the method defines the scope of what scientists refer to as the northern Martian paleo-ocean in more detail.

  • Canning River permafrost bluff

    Study: Near-surface permafrost will be nearly gone by 2100

    September 15, 2023

    Most of Earth's near-surface permafrost could be gone by 2100, an international team of scientists has concluded after comparing current climate trends to the planet's climate 3 million years ago.

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