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Some of the biggest questions humanity asks are addressed by those who study celestial bodies, interstellar phenomena, and the forces that shape our own planet. This is where science first captures many of our imaginations: how does the universe work? Can other planets sustain life? It’s also the home of the critical research driving our understanding of Earth and how to protect it.


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Sound Science: 25 years after the Valdez oil spill, biologists in Prince William Sound are studying the slow herring recovery

In the early hours of March 24, 1989, a large tanker went aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of oil into this thriving ecosystem. The historically important herring and roe fisheries were among many commercial species under threat in the sound. Pacific herring has been a critical subsistence […]

A very fast solar eruption with an unusual impact at Earth: Our look at the 2005 January 20-21 event.

Ward Manchester IV, Janet Kozyra, Sue Lepri, University of Michigan and Benoit Lavraud, Universite de Toulouse   The Earth is connected to the Sun through the sunlight that heats our planet, but also through plasmas (electrically charged gas) and magnetic fields that blow out from the solar corona both in steady streams as in the solar wind and in explosions […]