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Ready for today's #SpaceSaturday  trivia? In Earth days, how long does it take Venus to rotate once?

The Carolina parakeet has symbolized the perils of extinction in the United States, much like the dodo has on the global stage

When a new dam on the Nile threatened ancient treasures, the world took on the most complex archaeological rescue mission of all time

An indigenous community in Colombia considers the white-spotted amphibian sacred, and recently began collaborating with scientists to help ensure the conservation of the species

“Within the same generation of people who survived the war, you have the return of the Japanese and a whole slew of social relations that, I think it’s safe to say, have generally been good.”

Scientists studying the lunar surface have come across a feature that has geologists "thoroughly confused"

As an engineer for NASA, Poppy Northcutt was responsible for getting astronauts home from orbit and the moon during multiple Apollo missions

"After an entire year of planning, in the end, what was supposed to be a two-week weather window turned into an opportunity that belonged to a single morning," writes Your Shot photographer Spencer Fochtman.

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"The platypus has declined right in front of our noses."


"When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like," says photographer Paul Nicklen

"We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks."

Sand cats are typically hard to find, but these adorable kittens—spotted in the Moroccan Sahara—were hard to miss

For over a decade, researchers searched in vain for another Hawaiian tree snail for George to mate with, to no avail. He died at the age of 14.

This man jumped into action when he noticed a small rabbit near the fast-spreading flames

Happy birthday Jane Goodall! Thank you for taking humanity further.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes-footage follows Elon Musk in the moments before the Falcon Heavy launch

Happy #WorldJellyFishDay ! Enjoy the view of this incredible species, first recorded in 1909

Just six light-years away, a frozen world seems to be orbiting a small, dim red star s