This portrait of Pluto is in enhanced color, to illustrate differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Enlarge University of Maryland astronomers Silvia Protopapa and Douglas Hamilton are among the authors of the first published paper from the New Horizons flyby, which appears in the Oct. […]


Credit: ESA – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 Enlarge This fierce creature is Nalla, a female peregrine falcon, resting on her handler, Adrian Rubio Botello. He brings her round to the Cebreros tracking station, near Madrid, Spain, every so often, and she ensures other birds − who might mistake our beautiful tracking antenna […]


Has Kepler revealed evidence for a technologically advanced civilization around a star only 1500 light-years away? That’s one exciting, if unlikely, interpretation of recent transit data. CORBIS NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. However, exoplanets aren’t the only thing Kepler can detect — […]


Mangrove forest at high tide. Credit: Global Change Institute Enlarge Mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, international research published today says.Even with relatively low sea-level rises, many mangrove forests had a poor outlook said Professor Catherine Lovelock, a University of Queensland ecologist. “Mangrove forests are […]