Wild Science: Exclusive photos from Antarctica's icebergs, ancient DNA, and more

Wild Science: Exclusive photos from Antarctica's icebergs, ancient DNA, and more




Rethinking the language of space exploration, the secrets of Neanderthals' teeth, mapping Earth's corals, and more of our latest science coverage.
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We need to change the way we talk about space exploration
When discussing space exploration, people often invoke past voyages such as Europeans' conquest of the Americas. But this history has an undeniable dark side: the cruel subjugation of indigenous cultures, women, and other peoples. Is this really the best way to frame our off-world future?

In an exclusive interview, Lucianne Walkowicz—the astrobiology chair at the U.S. Library of Congress—argues that to build a sustainable, inclusive human presence on other worlds, we need to rethink how we talk about exploration in the first place.
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Exclusive photos: giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica
NASA scientists just got their first close look at a new iceberg three times the size of Manhattan. Our team was on the plane.
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Do you love or loathe coffee? Your genes may be to blame.
Scientists are learning how jitters and sleeplessness, are influenced by tiny variations in your genetic code.
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Photographer in Moab, Utah, under night sky containing Andromeda Galaxy, Milky Way, and moon
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The best astronomy photographs of 2018
In this stunning image of the Utah night sky, a lone photographer stands beneath the Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy, and the moon. The picture is one of 2018's best astronomy photographs, as judged by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. See for yourself why these photos won this year's top prize.
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Ancient DNA reveals complex migrations of the first Americans
Newly sequenced Native genomes showcase a wealth of surprises, from previously unknown populations to unique high-altitude adaptations.
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Inside the daring plan to map every coral reef from space
To build the groundbreaking monitoring system, researchers had to endure a great deal—including the deaths of two of the project's founders.
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Mars 101
From its blood-like hue to its potential to sustain life, Mars has intrigued humankind for thousands of years. Learn how the red planet formed from gas and dust—and what its water means for life as we know it.
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