Engineers have figured out a way to get crystals to form rose and tulip sculptures, each smaller than a strand of hair. The gardens sprout up on a penny dipped in a salt solution. The technique is similar to 3-D printing and could one day be used to make any complex shape.
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Satellites help track storms, power the GPS signals in our cars and phones and beam TV signals around the world. But they also send back striking, totally disarming images of planet Earth.
NASA's Curiosity rover turned its camera around and captured a beautiful self-portrait from Gale Crater.
"The night is nowhere as dark as we might think," says one scientist. How does your location light up the night?
For the past century, the Forest Service has been sending photographers out to the same 13 points in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana every decade or so. The resulting photo series shows just how dynamic our forests really are.
Could crowd-sourced photo sharing be the future of taxonomy? Cybertaxonomy?
Some 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. Despite increased public awareness, large-scale operations are still open for business in many countries, new images show.
Park rangers thwart poachers' plans to sell a baby gorilla in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, caretakers are watching little Shamavu around the clock.
The 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards feature the U.K.'s resident animals as they roam their terrain and swim in their waters.
A rare, yellow hypergiant star has been photographed by researchers at the European Southern Observatory. The burning ball of gas is rapidly dying, just 13,000 light-years away from us.
Down near Antarctica, a lonely island carves curves into the clouds.
Newly formed stars fire powerful beams of gas into space. Now, astronomers have created a movie showing how these "protostellar jets" move, using pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope across more than a decade.
Peer out from one of the windows on the International Space Station, and you might be greeted by this spectacular view.
An "instructional" video shows how astronauts have fun in space.
Share your personal memories of NASA's Space Shuttle Program.