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  • Endangered turtles saved by citizens of Ontario hamlet

    May 26, 2017 5:02 PM 29

    'To achieve a reduction of 80 to 90% mortality is just amazing. That was the biggest surprise' Long Point is a popular camping destination in southern Ontario, a rich ecological site with an abundance of wildlife, and part of UNESCO's World Biosphere Reserve. It is full of marshes, dunes, beaches and forests. On a 3.6-kilometre stretch of road on Lake Erie's

  • Excitement surrounds space telescope, Moon missions

    May 21, 2017 6:45 AM 22

    WASHINGTON — While out to sea and touring the far west for the past 31 days, there has been a lot going on lately with regard to NASA space missions, so I thought I would bring WTOP readers up to speed. Goddard is managing the JWST project and the Space Telescope Science Institute is responsible for science and mission operations, as well as ground station

  • Rare ‘Dragon Skin’ Spotted In Antarctica: Why Does This Kind Of Sea Ice Occur?

    May 12, 2017 1:20 PM 50

    Antarctica's ancient ice has given researchers sailing the Ross Sea a sight to remember. Scientists aboard the U.S. icebreaker research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer stumbled upon uncanny ice formations that resemble dragon scales. The team, made up of 27 scientists from eight different countries, set course for Antarctic polynyas in the Ross Sea and Terra

  • Meet Zuul, the new 'Ghostbusters'-inspired dinosaur

    May 10, 2017 7:47 PM 61

    Only the Zuul in this instance isn’t a wild-haired Sigourney Weaver possessed by the villain Zuul in the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” film, but a newly-identified, tail-swinging bad…lands dinosaur. Officially dubbed “Zuul crurivastator” by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the 75-million-year-old herbivore has been named after “Ghostbusters’” Zuul the Gatekeeper

  • ​Unmanned U.S. space plane returns after secret, 2-year mission

    May 8, 2017 1:24 PM 55

    This was the fourth X-37B mission conducted by U.S. Air Force The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said. The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched down at 7:47 a.m. EDT on a runway

  • 22-hours of terror: Photos arrive as probe dives to Saturn

    April 27, 2017 2:15 PM 52

    Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:19 AM - Cassini survived! NASA's probe put its handlers through 22-hours of terror as it made its closest pass over Saturn yet, plus, three comets make close flybys of Earth, and two missions update how our Sun interacts with the Milky Way. It's What's Up In Space! Remember back in August 2012, when NASA's Curiosity rover

  • These 19 Dazzling Photos of Saturn Show Ringed Planet in All Its Glory

    April 24, 2017 2:55 PM 48

    "That's no moon," says Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars" when the Empire's deadly space station appears in the distance. Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, has earned the nickname "Death Star" moon because of its striking resemblance to the floating fortress. The similarities are due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central

  • US spacecraft to take slingshot dive inside Saturn’s rings

    April 23, 2017 10:17 AM 53

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.: NASA's Cassini spacecraft soared past Saturn's biggest moon for the last time on Saturday, tapping its gravity to slingshot into a series of exploratory dives inside the planet's rings, followed by a final fatal plunge into the gas giant. After nearly 20 years of travelling in space, Cassini used the gravitational tug of Titan

  • Thousands join March for Science rallies over ‘alternative facts’

    April 23, 2017 12:16 AM 44

    PARIS: Thousands of people rallied in support for science in Europe and Australasia on Saturday ahead of a march in Washington, triggered by rising concern over populism and so-called alternative facts. The March for Science demonstrations have been organised in response to what is seen as mounting political pressure on facts-based evidence. The casualties

  • Torontonians march for science on Earth Day

    April 22, 2017 8:41 PM 21

    Local march was one of at least 600 planned across 68 countries Saturday to protest the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and his government. Carrying signs that read, “Little minds are listening” and “Don’t have polio? Thank science,” thousands of science fans took to the streets Saturday at Toronto’s March for Science. Dan Weaver, one of the organizers