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Slideshows and photo galleries take you behind the scenes--in a chemistry lab, out in the field with paleontologists, and inside a termite colony--to see and hear science, in action.

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Something Odd Is Happening With Namibia's Weather

September 13 , 2011

Namibia's rivers are flowing from the desert to the sea--this year. Two geoscientists followed the rivers across thousands of miles of remote Namib desert. Something is up, they found, with the weather there.

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Building It Better

June 15, 2011

High school students in New York City's South Bronx section who participate in the GreenFab program learn about embedded electronics (also known as physical computing) and digital fabrication, and they create "fab" inventions.

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Preserving a Forest and a Way of Life

April 18, 2011

Tropical dry forests, they're less-known than their famed counterparts, tropical rainforests. Yet their biodiversity--and beauty--is an important part of tropical ecosystems.

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Dinosaurs Up All Night

April 14, 2011

Bats aren't the only nocturnal animal. "Nocturnality" extends back eons. Scientists have discovered that dinosaurs, too, were up all night.

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From Marshes, Ancient Cities Sprang

March 31, 2011

Three National Science Foundation-supported researchers recently undertook the first non-Iraqi archaeological investigation of the Tigris-Euphrates delta in nearly 20 years. They are investigating archaeological sites from 5,000 B.C. to Islamic times to learn more about how wetland resources contributed to the growth of Mesopotamian cities.

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A Tangled Proposition

March 25, 2011

Tropical lowland forests are experiencing an increase in lianas or woody vines which aggressively compete for sunlight, water and nutrients above- and below-ground limiting tropical tree growth and survival.

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A Trip Down Iceberg Alley

March 25, 2011

No longer dismissed as passive elements of the Antarctic landscape, icebergs are now recognized as important influences on marine ecosystems and even on global carbon cycling. As the Antarctic Peninsula continues a well-documented warming trend and ice shelves disintegrate, icebergs are likely to become more prevalent in the Southern Ocean.

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Making a Living From the Forest

March 24, 2011

It is vitally important to find ways to conserve tropical forests because over one billion people depend on them for their livelihoods and because these forests store vast amounts of carbon that would otherwise be released and probably influence climate. A recent study shows that one way that governments can help foster forests that simultaneously support biodiversity and local livelihoods is to manage them via inputs from local forest users or local communities.

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Long Lost Relative

February 24, 2011

Newly excavated remains found at the Xaasaa Na' archaeological site near the Tanana River in central Alaska may belong to one of the earliest inhabitants of North America, around 11,500 years ago. The teeth indicate the child is biologically affiliated with Native Americans and with Northeast Asians.

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