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Replica of space station orbiting Earth (Epic Games)

Astronauts now train for space with video games

To prepare astronauts for orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth in a space station as big as a soccer pitch, NASA turned to video game designers.
Pipe dropping water drop onto plant (James L. Stanfield/National Geographic/Getty Images)

Drop by drop, Israeli-American scientist grows food in the desert

In Israel's Negev Desert, a scientist helped figure out a way to bring water to crops in dry regions, first in the Middle East and then around the world.
Sun in artificial colors (NASA)

Here’s why you should care about the weather in space

Solar storms can cause serious damage to electronic infrastructure on Earth. Scientists are working to improve forecasting for extreme space weather.
View of Earth's curvature, with dark space above (NASA)

Be the first to see ultra-high-def video from space

Mark your calendars: On April 26, NASA is broadcasting the first live ultra-high-definition video from the International Space Station.
Boy under mosquito net (© AP Images)

Let’s end malaria for good

World Malaria Day is April 25. Learn the methods one community in Kenya is using to create huge reductions in the number of malaria cases.
Ivan Castro and Karl Hinett finish the Boston Marathon (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Wounded veterans run back-to-back marathons for a cause

Two wounded veterans are running multiple marathons in a week, in Boston and London, to spark conversations about mental health.

Modified mosquitoes may eliminate malaria

Scientists are able to fight malaria by genetically modifying the disease's carrier, mosquitoes.
Animals on a mountain and under the water

For Earth Day, a free poster

On Earth Day, April 22, celebrate the many species of wildlife that make the Earth's polar regions their home. This free poster is available for printing.
Manu Prakash holding string with paper circle suspended on it (Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service)

How a toy became a medical miracle

Inspired by a whirligig, a Stanford researcher developed a 20-cent paper centrifuge that could revolutionize health care diagnosis around the world.