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Hatch watch: Bald eagle chicks expected to emerge on livestream from Southern California mountains

Activity at the nest is being closely monitored, with a nonprofit group providing live updates, that include vocalizations from the birds of prey, as well as daily recaps.
A pair of bald eagles standing over eggs in a nest atop a tree overlooking Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains in southern Calif
A pair of bald eagles standing over eggs in a nest atop a tree overlooking Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains in southern Calif

Mexico City's 21 million residents are facing a severe water shortage

Local authorities have imposed water rations as reservoirs hit historic low levels. Some residents said they're going to extreme lengths to conserve the little they have.
A woman walks near a water tanker truck in Mexico City.
A woman walks near a water tanker truck in Mexico City.

Our ancient animal ancestors had tails. Why don’t we?

Researchers have identified at least one of the key genetic tweaks that led to the change.
A macaque sits on the roof of a building in Lopburi, Thailand
A macaque sits on the roof of a building in Lopburi, Thailand
2d ago

Humpback whales photographed having sex — and gay sex — for the first time

The sexual encounter, which occurred in waters west of the Hawaiian island of Maui in January 2022, was detailed in a new report.
photographers captured the sexual encounter of two adult male humpback whales in the waters west of Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 19, 2022.
photographers captured the sexual encounter of two adult male humpback whales in the waters west of Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 19, 2022.

Stingray's virgin pregnancy may have a delightfully unusual scientific explanation

Scientists think the pregnancy of Charlotte, a stingray living in a tank without any male rays, is an example of parthenogenesis, a miracle of life more common than most people think.
Charlotte, a round stingray.
Charlotte, a round stingray.

Timing of Texas weather patterns was 'the worst possible' for spread of wildfires

One climatologist called the situation "like a hurricane making landfall at high tide." Fires raced across the landscape so quickly that firefighters had little chance to contain them.?
Firefighters working the Smokehouse Creek Fire, near Amarillo, in the Texas Panhandle on Feb. 27, 2024.
Firefighters working the Smokehouse Creek Fire, near Amarillo, in the Texas Panhandle on Feb. 27, 2024.
4d ago

Private lunar lander sends back first pics from its moon landing

The Odysseus lander, built by Houston-based Intuitive Machines, touched down and tipped over but continues to operate.
The Odysseus lunar lander takes picture after falling sideways
The Odysseus lunar lander takes picture after falling sideways

Delta adds another eclipse flight as companies look to capitalize on solar event

The eclipse is expected to be a major travel and tourism draw, with many companies already moving to take advantage.
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5d ago

Japan's SLIM moon probe unexpectedly survives lunar night

The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) touched down on the lunar surface last month, making Japan the fifth country to put a probe on the moon.
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A rare total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. Here's how to see it.

The eclipse on April 8 will cut across much of the U.S. NASA estimates that 31.6 million people live within the roughly 100-mile-wide path of totality this year.
People wear protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20, 2023.
People wear protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20, 2023.

Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S.

As the planet continues to warm, this cycle is expected to be increasingly stretched, warped and broken.
Photo collage of extreme weather events in the U.S.
Photo collage of extreme weather events in the U.S.
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