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World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday: Here's Why

June 29, 2015 - 5:55pm
Leap seconds have caused widespread problems in the past—but there's a reason we keep adding them to the world's clocks.

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Raises Worries About Space Station

June 29, 2015 - 5:06pm
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are due to run out of food and other supplies in about two months.

Super-Spiky Ancient Worm Makes Its Debut

June 29, 2015 - 5:00pm
This bizarre new species of 'super-armoured' worm gives us a glimpse into the diverse world of animals living at the roots of our tree of life.

North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks

June 29, 2015 - 4:36pm
An unusual combination of factors has led to an increase in bites.

This Week's Night Sky: Star Triangle Hides Behind July 4 Fireworks

June 29, 2015 - 2:44pm
Earlier in the week, Venus and Jupiter will snuggle close together.

Venus and Jupiter Get Bright and Tight in This Week's Sky

June 29, 2015 - 2:16pm
Two bright worlds meet up in sunset skies this week.

Iconic National Parks Move to Eliminate Landfill Trash

June 29, 2015 - 1:36pm
Yosemite, Denali and Grand Teton will attempt to recycle and compost millions of pounds of visitor-generated trash.

Two Nations Show Good News, Bad News for Africa's Elephants

June 28, 2015 - 10:00am
Visits to Gabon and Tanzania shows the head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that commitment from the top makes all the difference.

Elon Musk, A Man of Impossible Dreams, Wants To Colonize Mars

June 28, 2015 - 10:00am
The visionary creator of SpaceX and the Tesla wants to bring solar power to the masses, people to Mars, and, maybe, retire there himself.

Dramatic Photos Show Brazil’s Crippling Drought

June 28, 2015 - 9:14am
São Paulo’s 20 million people are suffering in a historic crisis.

How Do Elephants and Other Animals Sneeze?

June 27, 2015 - 10:00am
A long trunk can make for an especially explosive event. Whales, iguanas, and even fish also have unique methods of sneezing.

14 Pictures Show Thrill of Boxing, World's Fight Cultures

June 27, 2015 - 9:00am
On the eve of a world boxing championship, we look at the many styles of hand-to-hand combat around the world.

Even Graphics Can Speak With a Foreign Accent

June 26, 2015 - 6:47pm
Different cultures use color and other visual cues to send completely different messages.

Ranger Killed, Others Injured in Africa's Oldest National Park

June 26, 2015 - 3:29pm
Scores of rangers have been killed in Virunga National Park in recent years. But 2015 had been relatively peaceful.

Why the Confederate Flag Made a 20th Century Comeback

June 26, 2015 - 3:00pm
The popularity of the Confederate battle flag today has more to do with the Civil Rights Movement than the Civil War.

Black Bears Are Rebounding—What Does That Mean For People?

June 26, 2015 - 12:20pm
The North American omnivores have expanded their ranges in recent years thanks to healthier forests and stricter laws—which means more run-ins with people.

Beyond Marriage: Photos of LGBT Life

June 26, 2015 - 12:19pm
The Supreme Court has struck down bans on same-sex marriage. In light of the decision, here are photos of LGBT life from the archives.

Week's Best Space Pictures: Auroras Bloom and an Exoplanet 'Bleeds'

June 26, 2015 - 10:51am
The northern lights bloom over Earth, while radiation blasts an exoplanet's atmosphere.