Toward roads that de-ice themselves

As winter approaches, stores, cities and homeowners are stocking up on salt, gravel and sand in anticipation of slippery roads. But this annual ritual in colder climates could soon become unnecessary. Researchers report in ...

Image: Mars rover school

Prototype planetary lander and rover designs in place on simulated Red Planet terrain. Nicknamed the Mars Yard, it is used to test robotic devices on a planetary surface.

Gravel-camouflaged nests give threatened shorebirds a boost

When it comes to reproduction, not every individual equally pulls his or her weight. Dana Herman and Mark Colwell of Humboldt State University spent 13 years tracking the successes and failures of almost 200 individual Snowy ...

Hushed hoarders and prying pilferers

In order to prevent other birds from stealing the food they are storing for later, Eurasian jays, a type of corvid, minimizes any auditory hints a potential pilferer may use to steal their cache (food that is buried for later ...

Curiosity rover finds old streambed on Martian surface

(Phys.org)—NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence—images ...

New Mars rover sends higher-resolution image

(Phys.org) -- About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater. Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion ...

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