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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Spotting the Sun
2 March 1998 7:30 pm
This image within an image is the latest--and perhaps most stunning--view of last week's total solar eclipse. The blotchy orange portion is the solar surface and lower atmosphere as seen by the extreme ultraviolet imaging telescope instrument aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft, which is hovering between Earth and the sun. The surrounding white ring is a photo of the sun's corona taken during the eclipse using a telescope on the island of Aruba The corona is seen as a shimmering veil around the moon during a total solar eclipse. It consists of electrically charged gas, heated to 1 million degrees Celsius, that streams from the solar surface at 400 kilometers per second. By combining the two types of images, scientists hope to learn how events on the solar surface--such as explosive flares and coronal mass ejections that can wreak havoc with communications on Earth--influence the corona and the resulting solar wind. The solar eclipse, which occurred 26 February, was the last to be seen in the continental United States until August 2017.