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NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.

Watch Comet Neowise behind Mount Katahdin

Comet Neowise soared about Maine's Mount Katahdin July 15, 2020.

Spacecraft snaps closest pictures of sun, ‘campfires’ abound

A European and NASA spacecraft has snapped the closest pictures ever taken of the sun, revealing countless little “campfires” flaring everywhere.

Scientists find ‘monster’ black hole so big they didn’t think it was possible

Before now, scientists did not think it was possible for a stellar black hole to have a mass larger than 20 times that of our sun, but this newly discovered one is 70 times that or the sun. “Black holes are basically the most mysterious objects in the cosmos,’’ one scientist said.

Greenland lost 217 billion US tons of ice amid July heat wave

More than 11 billion US tons of ice was lost to the oceans by surface melt on Wednesday alone, creating a net mass ice loss of some 217 billion US tons from Greenland in July.

UN report: Climate change is undermining poverty eradication

Hunger is growing, and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday.

The 14 dance moves found in the dancing cockatoo study

Thanks to Snowball, the study concluded that spontaneity of movement to music is not unique to humans.

How Foldit turns anyone into a biochemist

Researcher Brian Koepnik explains how players like Susan Kleinfelter help design new proteins.