Massive Balloon the Size of a Soccer Stadium to Launch Telescope to Edge of Space to Study How Stars Form

The world’s biggest balloon, the size of a soccer stadium, is to be sent to the edge of space. The instrument—named Superpressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope, or SuperBIT—will fly above 99.5% of Earth’s atmosphere next April and will carry a wide field telescope to rival Hubble, but at a fraction of the cost. That’s according to […]

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Falcons Have Natural ‘Eye Makeup’ to Improve Hunting Ability, Scientists Discover

Dark ‘eyeliner’ feathers of peregrine falcons act as sun shields to improve the birds’ hunting ability, a new scientific study suggests. Scientists have long speculated that falcons’ eye markings improve their ability to target fast-moving prey, like pigeons and doves, in bright sunlight. Now research suggests these markings have evolved according to the climate; the […]

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Conservationists Get a Surprise, Finding Two-Headed Turtle on a South Carolina Beach

Wildlife volunteers inspecting nests at a South Carolina beach stumbled upon an unexpected surprise: a two-headed baby sea turtle. According to South Carolina State Parks, this two-headed loggerhead hatchling is the result of a genetic mutation. The find wasn’t as rare as you might expect: News reports of other two-headed turtle hatchlings appeared in both […]

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