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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...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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Creative Deal Gives NASA Telescope New Lease on Life
31 May 2012 2:16 pm
Last fall, NASA officials prepared to turn off the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which had spent 8 years in orbit surveying the sky at ultraviolet wavelengths. But the principal investigator on the project had other ideas. Now the telescope has a fresh lease on life, thanks to a first-of-a-kind arrangement between the federal government and a research university. NASA has loaned the satellite to Caltech under a rarely used legal provision that allows the institution to operate the instrument as its own without assuming any liability for it.