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Feb 9, 2017

Minerals glow like stained glass in a magnified cross-section of a Martian meteorite. A hypnotic swirl of spikes grows at the center of an aloe plant in a natural expression of mathematics’ golden ratio.

Feb 6, 2017

In dry, disturbed soil throughout the West, a weedy invader from Eurasia has gained a tenacious foothold. Kochia scoparia, also called poor man’s alfalfa, has slender, gray-green leaves that turn an ornamental orange in autumn. Despite control efforts, this weed springs back relentlessly thanks to its bountiful seed bank.

Feb 6, 2017

Armed with shovels, the group turned enough dirt to plant 630 trees and grasses along the Las Vegas Wash, an area that was once submerged and served as a docking area for boats. “This area was 50 feet below Lake Mead,” said Dr. Scott Abella, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at UNLV.

Jan 26, 2017

A voluntary evacuation is in effect for the Kyle and Lee Canyon areas of Mt. Charleston due to the risk of avalanches from recent snowfall.

Jan 25, 2017

To the untrained eye, Tule Springs is a barren desert landscape.

Jan 25, 2017

Bernard Means is, technically speaking, a scientist. But he’s also an artist of sorts who works in the media of digital imagery and, sometimes, bones.

Dec 19, 2016

For Aaron Tippetts, the college degree he earned after four years of diligent work at UNLV has opened doors — 15 to be exact.

Nov 15, 2016

The first planets identified beyond the solar system were shockingly unlike the nine worlds long-known within it. In sorting through the new exoplanets, scientists described them in terms that compared them to Earth's neighbors, dubbing them 'hot Jupiters' or 'super-Earths'. There are also 'hot Earths', terrestrial worlds orbiting their suns in periods less than two days.

Nov 4, 2016

Tourists come to Las Vegas to get married, party, gamble — and sometimes all of the above. So how can a bunch of bones that are millions of years old compete? One Las Vegas museum hopes to bring the thrill factors to natural history with a new, hands-on laboratory. Guests who witness Dr. Josh Bonde at work may not feel like they’ve arrived in Jurassic Park, but the paleontologist hopes they’ll be awed by a visit to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Nov 2, 2016

About 290 million years ago, a four-legged reptile with three toes on each of its back feet strolled across the mucky land, the waves of a tidal flat likely lapping near its feet, a new study finds.

Jun 30, 2016

More than 90 species of U.S. specialty crops require pollination, and various animals, including bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and birds are a critical part of the pollinator-plant ecosystem. Despite the myriad species of pollinators available, American farmers rely on one species of honey bee, Apis mellifera, for most of the pollinator services to pollinate their crops. Wild and managed bees together add $15 billion in crop value each year.

Jun 23, 2016

Parasitic bacteria that are entirely dependent on the other bacteria they infect have been discovered for the first time, in human spit. The tiny cells have gone undetected for decades, but appear to be linked to gum disease, cystic fibrosis and antimicrobial resistance.

May 25, 2016

Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.

May 19, 2016

Which public agencies are keeping an eye on asbestos fibers generated by a massive highway project? The I-11 Bypass is being built right through the heart of natural asbestos fields in southern Nevada, but it's not always clear which government entities should be monitoring potential health risks.

May 10, 2016

Nevada has recently experienced something called an earthquake swarm. An expert says the phenomenon may signal there's something much bigger on the horizon.

May 6, 2016

Some planets stand stark naked. For the first time, we have observational evidence that some super-Earths orbit so close to their host stars that the puffy atmospheres that clothed them have been ripped away.

Apr 18, 2016

Our solar system may have once been a much more crowded place than it is today.

A study has suggested at least one super-Earth sized planet may have formed in the early days of the solar system before being devoured by the sun.

Apr 18, 2016

At least one super-Earth — a planet that is larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune — could have formed close to the Sun, suggests a new study.