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December 26, 2017
Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen in his office at the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo courtesy of Ricky Carioti.
Under Scott Pruitt, a year of tumult and transformation at EPA
December 26, 2017 - 10:00am
December 24, 2017
Kepler-90 is a 14th magnitude star in Draco near the border with Cygnus, a.k.a. the Northern Cross. Courtesy photo / Stellarium
Artificial intelligence helps nail 8-planet solar system like our own
December 24, 2017 - 11:53am
December 23, 2017
In an undated handout image, a rendering of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that may take people on a journey around the moon. SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send two tourists around the moon and back before the end of 2018. (SpaceX via The New York Times Copyright 2017)
A 'UFO sighting' briefly freaked out the West Coast. There was an earthly explanation.
December 23, 2017 - 12:28pm
December 21, 2017
Photo courtesy of Flickr users rkramer62.
5 things you should know about the shortest day of the year
December 21, 2017 - 11:45am
In a handout image, a view from space of how the sun falls on Earth during solstices and equinoxes captured by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9. The scientific start of winter offers a moment to reflect on how we might not be here to witness the changing seasons without Earth’s particular tilt toward the sun. (Robert Simmon and EUMETSAT/NASA Earth Observatory via The New York Times)
Earth's tilt the reason for the season (and seasons)
December 21, 2017 - 7:26am
December 19, 2017
Sioux Falls airport starts to use sound cannons to scare off geese
December 19, 2017 - 5:46pm
In an undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (U.S. Department of Defense via The New York Times Copyright 2017)
Former Navy pilot describes encounter with UFO studied by secret Pentagon program
December 19, 2017 - 7:17am
December 17, 2017
Dave Nehring, owner of Habitat Unlimited in Bismarck, kneels on Thursday, Dec. 14, in a privately owned plot of land filled with cedar and juniper trees planted in 2014 for one of the Outdoor Heritage Fund tree planting projects to increase wildlife habitat southeast of McKenzie. He is now a consultant for a new tree planting project with the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
Planting for the Future project will add 55,000 trees in North Dakota
December 17, 2017 - 7:03pm
An artist concept depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech
ASTROBOB: Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years, Gets New Lease On Life
December 17, 2017 - 11:15am
December 13, 2017
Blacktip shark. File image courtesy of WikiCommons.
Three men who laughed as they dragged a shark behind a motorboat could go to prison
December 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
December 11, 2017
Flu vaccine could be less effective this year
December 11, 2017 - 6:11am
December 10, 2017
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the Cosmic Snake, a distant galaxy peppered with clumpy regions of intense star formation that appear warped by the effect of gravitational lensing. This giant arc-like galaxy is actually behind the huge galaxy cluster MACSJ1206.2-0847, but thanks to the cluster’s gravity, we can see it from Earth.
Behold the cosmic snake
December 10, 2017 - 8:47am
Dave Lambeth, Grand Forks, holds his namesake, David the peregrine, in late June 2016 after the bird was found hopping along the railroad tracks near the UND water tower. Local raptor expert Tim Driscoll was able to rescue the peregrine, which was taken to the roof of Starcher Hall and spotted back in the nest box the next day. (Photo courtesy of Dave Lambeth)
Rehabbed Grand Forks peregrine lands permanent home in Winnipeg
December 10, 2017 - 7:14am
December 7, 2017
A train passes below the Thomas Fire near the 101 Freeway in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Several simultaneous wildfires in Southern California have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in the latest chapter of what has been one of the state’s worst fire seasons. (Hilary Swift / Copyright 2017 The New York Times)
Fire, fear stretch across southern California as wildfires roar from Ventura to San Diego
December 7, 2017 - 8:56pm
An artist's conception of the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Provided by Robin Dienel / Carnegie Institution for Science.
Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster
December 7, 2017 - 10:31am
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