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December 17, 2017
Dave Nehring, owner of Habitat Unlimited in Bismarck, kneels on Thursday, Dec. 14, in a privately owned plot of land filled with cedar and juniper trees planted in 2014 for one of the Outdoor Heritage Fund tree planting projects to increase wildlife habitat southeast of McKenzie. He is now a consultant for a new tree planting project with the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
Planting for the Future project will add 55,000 trees in North Dakota
5 hours 59 min ago
An artist concept depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech
ASTROBOB: Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years, Gets New Lease On Life
13 hours 47 min ago
December 13, 2017
Blacktip shark. File image courtesy of WikiCommons.
Three men who laughed as they dragged a shark behind a motorboat could go to prison
December 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
December 10, 2017
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the Cosmic Snake, a distant galaxy peppered with clumpy regions of intense star formation that appear warped by the effect of gravitational lensing. This giant arc-like galaxy is actually behind the huge galaxy cluster MACSJ1206.2-0847, but thanks to the cluster’s gravity, we can see it from Earth.
Behold the cosmic snake
December 10, 2017 - 8:47am
December 7, 2017
A train passes below the Thomas Fire near the 101 Freeway in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Several simultaneous wildfires in Southern California have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in the latest chapter of what has been one of the state’s worst fire seasons. (Hilary Swift / Copyright 2017 The New York Times)
Fire, fear stretch across southern California as wildfires roar from Ventura to San Diego
December 7, 2017 - 8:56pm
An artist's conception of the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Provided by Robin Dienel / Carnegie Institution for Science.
Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster
December 7, 2017 - 10:31am
Glacier researchers at work on Gueshgue glacier, in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru, Aug. 23, 2017. Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream, but as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same. (Tomas Munita/The New York Times)
Study: Most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences
December 7, 2017 - 8:16am
December 6, 2017
Fresh fruit floats around NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg in the Unity node of the International Space Station. This image appeared in the Dec. 8, 2013 issue of The Forum and is courtesy of NASA/
The International Space Station is packed with germs, and that's a good sign
December 6, 2017 - 7:20am
December 3, 2017
The human nose is practically useless for astronomy. Photo illustration by Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com
AstroBob: What does a comet smell like?
December 3, 2017 - 8:49am
December 2, 2017
All Season's Garden Center's Scott Kiel checks out a Fraser fir in the Christmas tree section of the local nursery. Kiel says that the Fraser firs are the most popular of the Christmas trees that they sell. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Thin tidings: Christmas tree supply tightening as demand increases
December 2, 2017 - 8:16am
November 30, 2017
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Science says dogs are smarter than cats. Take that, cat people.
November 30, 2017 - 8:51am
Water Resource Board approves new wetlands
November 30, 2017 - 6:53am
Canada geese rest Wednesday on the thin ice near open water at Jamestown Reservoir. John M. Steiner / The Sun
On thin ice
November 30, 2017 - 6:45am
November 27, 2017
Stock image of American black bear courtesy of Pixabay
Police search for killer of 400-pound black bear
November 27, 2017 - 3:33pm
November 26, 2017
This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. The new world is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Contributed photo
Newfound planet only 11 light-years away could support life
November 26, 2017 - 8:45am
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