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Massive Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica

Maria-Jose Viñas NASA
Larsen C, a floating platform of glacial ice on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is the fourth largest ice shelf ringing Earth’s southernmost continent. In 2014, a crack that had been slowly growing into the ice shelf for decades suddenly started to spread northwards, creating the nascent iceberg. Now that the close to 2,240 square-mile (5,800 square kilometers) chunk of ice has broken away, the Larsen C shelf area has shrunk by approximately 10 percent.

'Shockingly Stupid': Trump's Attack on Climate Research

Nika Knight Common Dreams
Trump's proposal to eliminate NASA's climate research program is "a shockingly stupid move that would deal a very severe blow to global research on environmental change across the world."

Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing

Arctic sea ice has not only been shrinking in surface area, it’s become younger and thinner. In this NASA animation, the ice cover almost looks gelatinous as it pulses through the seasons.

Leonard Nimoy: A Man Who Embraced Humanity

Sergio España; Leigh Phillips
Leonard Nimoy's passing reminds us of the spirit of wonder and discovery represented by Spock and the Star Trek series. He not only inspired millions of us to become scientists, but he inspired us to understand the importance of questioning all authority. Part of Nimoy's gift was his ability to project serene confidence and compassion for humankind at the same time that we assumed he knew the deepest secrets of the universe.

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

By Eric Lichtblau New York Times
U.S. agencies directly or indirectly hired numerous ex-Nazi police officials and East European collaborators who were manifestly guilty of war crimes. Information was readily available that these were compromised men. The wide use of Nazi spies grew out of a Cold War mentality and McCarthyism. Mr. Hoover, the longtime F.B.I. director, and Mr. Dulles, the C.I.A. director.believed "moderate" Nazis might "be useful" to America, records show.

The Evolution of Mars

NASA reconstructs five billiion years of the history of Mars in a breathtaking animation. There were once lakes and blue skies.

Media Bits & Bytes - Three Card Monte Edition

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Palestinians Blocked from Getting Smartphone Service; NSA Technology Simply Too Old to Search; Who Owns Your Data When You Die?; New Computing Physics Soon to Emerge from NASA-Google Partnership; GED Gets a Digital Makeover and Faces Competition
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