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Image 1 - Shuttle Program Honored As Discovery Makes Final Journey
2012-04-18 04:18:17

Tuesday marked the final flight of NASA's oldest surviving space shuttle, as a modified Boeing 747 carrying Discovery lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at dawn and transported the vehicle to Dulles Airport just outside of Washington D.C.

Rogue Planets Sometimes Captured By Stars
2012-04-18 03:28:47

New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space.

2012-04-17 23:02:15

World renowned photographer Rodney Lough Jr.

Discovery Flyover of DC Scheduled for April 17
2012-04-10 03:50:01

NASA's retired Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over portions of Washington D.C. on the morning of April 17 as it travels en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where it will be displayed.

Image 1 - Researchers Find Evidence That Pythons Are Eating Bird Eggs
2012-04-07 04:52:03

Burmese pythons, which have already been observed attacking birds in the Florida Everglades, have now been seen eating those birds' eggs directly from the nest, according to new research from the Smithsonian Institution.

2012-04-02 10:00:35

As any comic book lover knows, when superheroes band together the bad guys fall harder.

Image 1 - Ancient Whales Tell The Story Of Their Modern Relatives
2012-03-23 11:09:33

Smithsonian scientists have recently described a new species of toothed whale that once lived in warm climates during the Pliocene era 3-4 million years ago. These whales may have possibly been a close relative to the modern day Beluga and Narwhal.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.