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Along the southern coast of the Netherlands, sediment-laden rivers have created a massive delta of islands and waterways in the gaps between the coastal dunes. After unusually severe spring tides devasted this region in 1953, the Dutch built an elaborate system of dykes, canals, dams, bridges, and locks to hold back the North Sea.
This scene was acquired on May 24, 2002, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. This false-color composite was created by combining infrared, near-infrared, and red (ASTER bands 3, 2, and 1) wavelengths. The darker the red shown here, the more densely vegetated the terrain. The light blue-green areas show bare land surface. The North Sea appears black in this scene and trends from dark blue to lighter blue as the seawater carries increasingly more sediment near the surface.

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Photo of the Day: Coastal Arteries

09/05/15See Comments

Waterways and islands punctuate this section of the southern coast of the Netherlands. Severe flooding in 1953 killed more than 1,800 people in the region,...[Read More]

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Planet of the Humans: The Leap to the Top

09/04/15See Comments

For all that Darwin contributed to our understanding of the biological world, he was haunted by one vexing question: How does the incremental process of...[Read More]

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ARCTIC OCEAN (March 19, 2011) Sailors and members of the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station clear ice from the hatch of the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) as it surfaces above the ice during ICEX 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

Photo of the Day: Low Tech

09/04/15See Comments

One feature of the USS Connecticut, shown here, is an escape trunk, something inventor Simon Lake is credited with designing. Born on this date in...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Going Viral

09/03/15See Comments

Modern virology owes a lot to Thomas Milton Rivers who was born on this date in 1888. Rivers, aka the “father of modern virology,” began...[Read More]

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Who Says Humans Are Unique, Anyway?

09/02/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 5:35 | Featuring Lee Berger A number of human features seem to distinguish humans from primates and other...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Golf Ball Eye

09/02/15See Comments

Like most insects, the greenfly has a pair of compound eyes. Each eye is made up of a cluster of thousands of light-sensing units called...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Champagne Pool

09/01/15See Comments

Champagne Pool is one of several hot springs in Waiotapu, New Zealand. Visible in this picture as a cream-colored, raised surface is a rim of...[Read More]

In this 2007 photo provided by the BBC, Neurologist Oliver Sacks poses at a piano while holding a model of a brain at the Chemistry Auditorium, University College London in London.  Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Sacks, the best-selling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," was to share the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York this week. (AP Photo/BBC, Adam Scourfield) ** NO SALES **

Remembering Acclaimed Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks

08/31/15See Comments

The neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks was a great friend of the World Science Festival, joining our Board of Advisors when the Festival was just...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Water Creatures

08/31/15See Comments

No, this is not an egg floating in a pool. It’s a jellyfish. Jellyfish are only five percent solid matter. Water makes up the other...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Defying Gravity

08/30/15See Comments

Since becoming the first African American NASA astronaut on this day in 1979, Guion Bluford, Jr., has spent more than 688 hours in space. This...[Read More]