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Virtual Universe

Centuries of astronomy, plus video-game technology, offer a stunning new perspective on our place in space.

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Our Quiet Star

An Internet guide to exploring the mysteries of sunspots

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Spacecraft Behaving Badly

Could strange new physics be affecting a pair of distant space probes?

Sudbury Neutrino Collector

Little Neutral Ones

In John Updike's memorable description, "The earth is just a silly ball/To them, through which they simply pass."

Sir Isaac Newton

The Perimeter of Ignorance

Scientists face a choice: invoke a deity or continue the quest for knowledge

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Cosmic Perspective

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how embracing cosmic realities can enlighten our view of human life.

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Dark Matter

Most of the matter in the universe is neither bound up in stars or planets nor dispersed in clouds of "ordinary" particles. But what is it made of?

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Beep Beep

An Internet guide to  Sputnik and other early satellites

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Outward Bound

An Internet guide to the universe

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Invisibility

A device that renders objects truly invisible may be commonplace within the next few decades.

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Recent Stories

By the 1920s, California had lost all of its grizzly bears—once considered a distinct species and an emblem of the state.

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