NASA's Curiosity rover trekked more than twice it's previous record for a day trip on Sunday, moving 329 feet. Scientists credited the feat to good visibility. Longer trips like this may become more common when the vehicle switches to automatic navigation in a couple weeks.
Researchers have found that the East Antarctic ice sheet melted in at least one region about three million years ago, when climate conditions were similar to where global warming seems to be taking us.
A titan arum, a huge plant native to Indonesia, went into full malodorous bloom on Sunday evening at the US Botanic Garden conservatory, drawing thousands of visitors seeking to inhale its putrid stench.
The discovery of a pair of huge viruses with large genomes suggests the existence of another domain of life, which, if it exists, would raise the number of biology's most basic categories from three to four.