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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
December 1, 2017
A snowy owl is seen after being rescued from inside a cooling system at Alakef Coffee Roasters in Duluth on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Ezra Bennett)play button
Watch: Snowy owl rescued from Minnesota coffee roaster equipment
December 1, 2017 - 8:23am
November 30, 2017
Image via Max Pixel.play button
Science says dogs are smarter than cats. Take that, cat people.
November 30, 2017 - 8:51am
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
November 22, 2017
Stock image from Flickr user flythebirdpath
Here's the deal with all those turkeys terrorizing the suburbs
November 22, 2017 - 10:22am
November 13, 2017
This creepy ancient shark looks like something out of 'Stranger Things'
November 13, 2017 - 7:33am
November 7, 2017
State Park to host wreath-making sessions
November 7, 2017 - 8:01am
November 6, 2017
A pileated woodpecker rests on a snap in Lakewood Township, Minn. Pileated woodpeckers are considered more abundant in the state now than they were in the early 1900s, and the big bird seems to be doing well across the region. Observers for the bird atlas survey reported 2,393 pileated Woodpecker records. Nests were confirmed in 118 different locations across 37 counties. Bob King / Forum News Service
Minnesota gets first new bird atlas in 81 years
November 6, 2017 - 6:22pm
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