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16-foot great white shark spotted near Australian beachNicknamed ‘Joan of Shark,’ this 1.8-ton fish is being tracked by local officials by an electronic tag.

16-foot great white shark spotted near Australian beach
Nicknamed ‘Joan of Shark,’ this 1.8-ton fish is being tracked by local officials by an electronic tag.

Solar energy after the sun has set? Scientists use nanotubes to solve the storage conundrumInnovative ‘photoswitches’ tuck away solar energy in molecules that can be endlessly re-used, no matter the time of day.

Solar energy after the sun has set? Scientists use nanotubes to solve the storage conundrum
Innovative ‘photoswitches’ tuck away solar energy in molecules that can be endlessly re-used, no matter the time of day.

2014 Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth DayOur planet is now passing through debris left by Comet Thatcher, which hasn’t visited the inner solar system since 1861. The resulting Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak on April 22, Earth Day.

2014 Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day
Our planet is now passing through debris left by Comet Thatcher, which hasn’t visited the inner solar system since 1861. The resulting Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak on April 22, Earth Day.

Meet the first Earth-size planet that could support lifeIf Kepler-186f were significantly larger than Earth, it’s likely that its atmosphere would be a thick mix of hydrogen and helium, hardly supportive of life.

Meet the first Earth-size planet that could support life
If Kepler-186f were significantly larger than Earth, it’s likely that its atmosphere would be a thick mix of hydrogen and helium, hardly supportive of life.

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Using mushrooms to clean oil spills in the AmazonDecades of oil exploration have contaminated soil and water in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Could mushrooms help clean them up?

Using mushrooms to clean oil spills in the Amazon
Decades of oil exploration have contaminated soil and water in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Could mushrooms help clean them up?

Sharks aren’t the ‘living fossils’ we thought they wereLooking at the gills and jaws of a new fossil provided scientists with fresh insights into the evolution of sharks.

Sharks aren’t the ‘living fossils’ we thought they were
Looking at the gills and jaws of a new fossil provided scientists with fresh insights into the evolution of sharks.

Centipede bursts from snake’s stomachThe species of centipede is supposedly very hard to kill, and it likely devoured the snake’s organs as it slowly ate itself out of the snake’s body.

Centipede bursts from snake’s stomach
The species of centipede is supposedly very hard to kill, and it likely devoured the snake’s organs as it slowly ate itself out of the snake’s body.

4 new ‘killer sponges’ discovered in PacificUnlike the majority of their filter-feeding cousins, these deep-sea carnivorous sponges hook in their prey to slowly digest it.

4 new ‘killer sponges’ discovered in Pacific
Unlike the majority of their filter-feeding cousins, these deep-sea carnivorous sponges hook in their prey to slowly digest it.

Huge volcanoes shook Mercury for billions of yearsAn analysis of dozens of pyroclastic ash deposits suggests that Mercury had an long history explosive volcanism.

Huge volcanoes shook Mercury for billions of years
An analysis of dozens of pyroclastic ash deposits suggests that Mercury had an long history explosive volcanism.