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Save the Whales, Save Ourselves: Why Whales Matter

Joel Reynolds | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

They inspire awe, because they're magnificent, massive, beautiful, powerful, and mysterious. Like giant sequoias but mammals -- like us, except on a prehistoric, mythological, global scale. Everything about them is huge -- their size, their sounds, their range, their strength, their history.

How Awful Are Hollywood Portrayals of Life on Mars? NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi Answers!

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science
Shira Lazar

We put NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi, Nerdist's Matt Mira, VSAUCE2's Kevin Lieber and Sourcefed's Meg Turney on the spot of whether these videos represent the...

The Most Amazing Scuba Dives on the Planet

The Active Times | Posted 09.15.2013 | Travel
The Active Times

For most novice divers, the otherworldly world beneath the surface of the sea is fantastical enough in its own right. No major bells or whistles are n...

Unnecessary Planet

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

They lived on the unnecessary planet doing unnecessary things and were generally unnecessary people. It happens like that some times, when the universe produces things both really great and little enough to be superfluous.

Probe Provides Historic Map Of Planet's Surface

Posted 03.06.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/06/2013 09:47 AM EST on SPACE.com The surface of the planet Mercury has been completely mapped for the first ti...

Help Us Shape a Vision for a Healthy Planet

Andreas Merkl | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Andreas Merkl

How do we create prosperity for all without destroying the natural world that sustains us? We can do this, but we must first awaken to what is truly needed.

Best of 2012: National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen (VIDEO)

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.27.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

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Quit Calling Them 'Earth-Like' Planets

| Posted 12.26.2012 | Science

By Caleb A. Scharf This year has been a spectacular one for exoplanets. New discoveries and new insights have truly pushed the gateway to other world...

Earth's Tilted Orbit Gets Surprising Explanation

| Posted 11.16.2012 | Science

By Ken Croswell One young star may yank another's developing solar system, a new theory suggests, accounting for planets that circle their stars on ...

New Comet Study Solves Mystery Of Ancient Star

Posted 11.12.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 11/12/2012 03:13 PM EST on SPACE.com A cosmic mystery around the star named 49 CETI has puzzled astronomers nearly ...

What Vast Dust Plume Portends For Superhot Alien World

Posted 09.05.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 09/05/2012 11:44 AM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have found a dusty tail streaming off a faraway alien planet, sugg...

What 'Tatooine' Discovery Means For E.T. Hunters

Posted 09.04.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 09/04/2012 11:45 AM EDT on SPACE.com The discovery of the first alien planet with two suns — like the "Star War...

WATCH: Mars Rover Team Talks 'Seven Minutes Of Terror'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.26.2012 | Science

The countdown to the arrival of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on the Red Planet in early August has begun in dramatic fashion as the mission's engineers...

'Failed Star' Study Sheds Light On Earth's Future

| Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

By Govert Schilling ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Brown dwarfs are a sorry lot. If it wasn't bad enough that these Jupiter-sized "failed stars" are born too...

WATCH: Vast Martian Dust Devil Stretches 12 Miles High

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Science

by Richard A. Kerr on 5 April 2012, 2:06 PM Earth may have terrifying tornadoes, but when it comes to dust devils, Mars has us b...

E. T. Hunters Explain What Happens If Space Aliens Show Up

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

It is conceivable that humans could someday discover aliens. We scour the cosmos looking for their radio signals, and though we're not capable of inte...

Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

By surveying the versatile ecology of cow dung, even urban dwellers, like me, can see the earthy pragmatism embedded in the Indian worship of cows (and indeed all life) as sacred.

TODAY: Venus Visible In Daytime Sky, If You Know How To Spot It

Posted 03.26.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 03/26/2012 07:03 AM EDT on SPACE.com The planet Venus has been dominating the nighttime sky recently, but did you k...

Saturn Moon Found To Have Oxygen Atmosphere

Posted 03.05.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 03/05/2012 07:15 AM EST on SPACE.com This story was updated at 10 p.m. ET. A NASA spacecraft circling Saturn has...

Milky Way Awash In Starless 'Rogue' Planets, Study Suggests

Posted 02.26.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 02/24/2012 11:44 AM EST on SPACE.com Our Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets that ramble through s...

WATCH: What The Sun Looks Like From Pluto

Posted 02.16.2012 | Science

In the video above, a tiny sun floats through the haze over rocky ground. It's a bleak and alien view, but that's no scene from a science fiction film...

Is Venus Slowing Down?

Posted 02.13.2012 | Science

By Sid Perkins ScienceNow (Click here for the original article.) Venus, our closest planetary neighbor, has the slowest rotational period of an...

Gravity Surprise May Affect Search For Habitable Planets

Posted 02.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Contributor Published: 02/11/2012 02:00 PM EST on SPACE.com Alien planets might experience tidal for...

WATCH: Alien 'Super-Earth' Called Best Bet For Supporting Life

Posted 02.03.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 02/02/2012 10:16 AM EST on SPACE.com A potentially habitable alien planet — one that scientists say is the best can...

Bizarre "Oozing" Planet Eyed By Astronomers

Posted 01.21.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 01/20/2012 03:56 PM EST on Space A new look at an alien planet that orbits extremely close to its par...