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Can Pompeii's Ruins Be Saved?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 07:21

Recent collapses highlight "critical" situation, but the site is safe for tourists, experts say. Can new funds stop the decay?


New "Albino" Spider Found in Australia

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 03:16

A new species of spider with an unusual white head has shocked scientists in Australia.


Russia Launches Mission to Mars Moon; Probe to Send Back Dust

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 01:01

After 20 failed missions to Mars and no attempts since 1996, Russia hastoday successfully launched the Phobos-Grunt sample-return spacecraft.


New Volcano Pictures: "Monstrous" Eruption in the Congo

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 21:46
Africa's most active volcano rumbled to life Sunday, spewing lava toward chimp habitat and turning skies orange and red.

Spectacular Time Lapse Video of Historic Condit Dam Removal

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 20:54

The Condit Dam in Washington State has been dramatically dismantled, to restore a salmon stream for the first time in a century.


Conquistador Was Deep in U.S.: "Stunning" Jewelry Find Redraws Route?

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 20:30

The "stunning" discovery of 16th-century Spanish artifacts in a strange spot could redraw the map of Hernando de Soto's expedition.


Entire Mammal Genus on Brink of Extinction

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 19:22

For the first time in 75 years, an entire genus of mammal may go the way of the dodo—unless a new sanctuary succeeds, conservationists say.


Giant Asteroid to Buzz Earth Tuesday; When and How to See It

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 02:26

As big as an aircraft carrier, 2005 YU55 will pass inside the moon's orbit, the first asteroid this size to get so close since 1976.


New Meteor Pictures: Orionids Light Up Aurora and More

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 01:12
See shots of the falling pieces of Halley's comet that streaked through starry skies, and even auroras, in late October.

Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across U.S. East

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 23:17

Coyotes with wolf DNA have been found in Virginia, confirming the hybrids' spread through the mid-Atlantic, a new study says.


Nigeria’s Solar Projects Yield Both Failure and Success

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 19:29

Solar power offers hope to villages that lack electricity, but Nigeria's experience shows that it won't work without adequate investment and care.


Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend—Fireballs Expected

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 03:13

Get ready for a Taurid affair: The annual meteor shower, peaking this weekend, is known for producing spectacular fireballs.


Pictures: Mock Mars Mission "Returns" to Earth

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 02:23
After 520 days of isolation, the crew of the Mars500 mission has "returned" to Earth. See what the six men got up to during the trip.

Permanent Daylight Saving Time? Might Boost Tourism, Efficiency

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 01:44

As much of the U.S. and Europe falls back an hour, supporters of permanent daylight saving tout energy saving—and more tourism.


Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why and When Does It End?

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 00:47

Why do we fall back? Should daylight savings be abolished? Get the facts—and a few controversial takes on turning back the clock.


Where Did Fall Color Go? Predicting Foliage's Final Hideouts

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 00:39

Experts predict foliage's final hideouts—places where the Halloween blizzard was just a headline and the leaves blaze deep into November.


Space Pictures This Week: Gamma-Ray Burst, Chile Volcano, More

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 21:20
The space station gets a delayed delivery, a brilliant explosion lights up the early universe, and more in the week's best space pictures.

Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why and When Does It Begin?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:46

Why do we spring forward? Should daylight savings be abolished? Get the facts—and a few controversial takes on turning back the clock.


Ancient "Saber-Toothed Squirrel" Found

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 02:52

The fossilized skull and teeth of a fanged, shrew-like mammal have been discovered in Argentina, a new study says.


Pictures: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2011 Announced

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 02:42
Sparring cocks and a curious fox feature in some of the year's best wild-animal pictures, according to the results of a U.K.-based contest.