Depleted batteries silence comet lander

The picture released by the European Space Agency on Nov. 12 was taken by the Rosetta's Philae lander during descent.


The lander Philae completed its primary mission, exploring the comet’s surface and returning plenty of data, the European Space Agency said.

Tufts University assistant professor Andrew Kemp jotted notes on the board as Tufts junior Taylor McGinnis, 20, looked for microorganisms called foraminifera.

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Discovery Museums plans exhibit for the very, very young

The Discovery Museums in Acton, known for educational programs for children of all ages, is hard at work on something for the very, very young. A team of early childhood researchers and other experts is working to develop an exhibit, still three years from its unveiling, just for infants and toddlers, tentatively known as the Brain Building Zone.

Scientists ‘confident’ comet lander will wake up

The Philae lander, which became the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet Wednesday, has already sent reams of data back to Earth that scientists are eagerly examining.

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

A large study adds to evidence that genes influence men’s chances of being homosexual, but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it.

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