LAUREL, Md.—A NASA spacecraft four billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures yesterday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman.
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BEIJING—China's burgeoning space program achieved a first today: a landing on the so-called “dark” side of the moon.
Three nations—the United States, the former Soviet Union, and more recently China—have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is the first-ever on the far side.
BANGKOK — The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand’s national aquatic animal.
The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan Tanyuvardhana noted the species is clearly identifiable as Thai by its name: Siam is the old name for Thailand.
WASHINGTON—Scientists think they've figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth's largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path.
Some 250 million years ago, about 90 percent of sea life and 70 percent of land life went extinct in what is now called the “Great Dying.”
NEW YORK—Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department.
Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year—driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.
The word follows “toxic," picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and "misinformation,” plucked by Dictonary.com
LONDON — Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain’s Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield.
The airport south of London Britain’s second-busiest by passenger numbers closed its runway Wednesday evening after two drones were spotted.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat.
OZARKS, Mo.—A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally-kill hundreds of deer.
DETROIT—A 12-year-old Michigan boy who had been working odd jobs to raise money for a gravestone for his best friend is getting his wish.
Funeral home owner David Techner was moved after reading The Detroit News' story about Kaleb Klakulak and decided to donate a headstone.
Russians seeking to influence U.S. elections through social media had their eyes on Instagram and the black community.