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African-American museum director Lonnie Bunch to lead Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian said Tuesday that Lonnie Bunch, founder of its African-American history and culture wing, will become the institute's first black secretary.

Find Corvus, the Crafty Crow, In the Spring Southern Sky

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Nine out of the 88 officially recognized constellations are birds. For those who care to dabble in celestial ornithology, there are a wide variety of feathered creatures: everything from a...

Two Female Monkeys Went to Space 60 Years Ago. One Became the Poster Child for Astronaut Masculinity

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Sixty years ago today, a pair of female monkeys made history when they went to space and landed safely — but their story was only just beginning to get weird.

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

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Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.

This Seawater Is 20,000 Years Old, and Has Remained Untouched Since the Last Ice Age

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Researchers have discovered the first-ever water sample dating to the end of Earth's last ice age, 20,000 years ago.

No, That Baby Dinosaur Didn't Crawl. But It Did Walk on 4 Legs As an Infant.

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A Jurassic-age dinosaur walked on all four legs as a baby, but graduated to a two-legged stance as an adult.

Kindergarteners Stumbled Across This 5,600-Year-Old Burial Mound. Archaeologists Are Mystified.

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Kindergartners can find some weird things at recess — like a 5,600-year-old buried mound full of ancient skeletons.

Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Source of El Capitan’s Deadly Rockfalls

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Thermal imaging reveals surprisingly little “glue” between the famous rock’s face and sheets that are peeling off it.

Matter: A Billion-Year-Old Fungus May Hold Clues to Life’s Arrival on Land

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A cache of microscopic fossils from the Arctic hints that fungi evolved long before plants.

Trilobites: Seeing Red in the Fossil Record

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A discovery in a fossilized mouse could help scientists work out the true colors of dinosaurs and other creatures from prehistory.

How the microscope became a million dollar idea

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The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the microscope became a million dollar idea.

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

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The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

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Europe prepares to send technology to Mars to look for evidence that there is life on the planet.

'Unique' Iron Age shield discovered in Leicestershire

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The British Museum, which will store the shield, described it as a "absolutely phenomenal object".

Climate change: Answers to your most asked questions

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You sent us thousands of questions about climate change. Here are some answers to the most common.

Everest: Three more die amid overcrowding near summit

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Seven have died climbing the world's highest peak in a week - more than for the whole of last year.

Millions 'lack access' to parks and green spaces

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Millions of people in Great Britain live more than a 10-minute walk away from their nearest park or green space, a study calculates.

Researchers wonder if ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright

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Did ancient supernovae induce proto-humans to walk on two legs, eventually resulting in homo sapiens with hands free to build cathedrals, design rockets and snap iPhone selfies?

Research Proves Midwestern Fish Species Lives Beyond 100 Years

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Recent research from NDSU shows that the Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), a fish native to North America, lives more than eight decades longer than previously thought. The study documents several...

New species of pterosaur discovered in Patagonia

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This is a paleoartist's reconstruction of a ptesosaur. Scientists today announced the discovery of a new species of pterosaur from the Patagonia region of South America. The cranial remains...

Ancient fungi may have laid the groundwork for complex life

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Science Enjoy being alive? Thank these fossilized shrooms. The newly discovered billion-year-old fossilized fungal spores and hyphae suggest that fungi may have occupied land...

Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight

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A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution...

Old mold: Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

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Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins...

Jawbone found in a Tibetan cave expands the known territory of ancient Denisovans

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Nearly 40 years after it was found by a monk in a Chinese cave, a fossilized chunk of jawbone has been revealed as coming from a mysterious relative of the...

Nature is in the worst shape in human history, U.N. report says

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Nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. It's all...

Meet the T. rex cousin that you could look down on

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History's most frightening dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex, came from a long line of pipsqueaks. Scientists have identified a new cousin of the T. rex that reached only the 3-foot height...

Harvard’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to explore Egypt — without leaving the country

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Four thousand years ago, a member of Egypt’s elite was buried on the Giza Plateau in an elaborate stone tomb, complete with several rooms and underground chambers. Then, in 1912, a team...