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Curiosity rover will be first to visit Mars sand dunes

The Mars Curiosity rover is gearing up to boogie on the beach as NASA sends it on a new mission to study the Red Planet's fascinating sand dunes.

By November 17, 2015


There may be more Earth-like planets than grains of sand on all our beaches

New research contends that the Milky Way alone is flush with billions of potentially habitable planets -- and that's just one sliver of the universe.

By March 19, 2015


Hakuto's lunar rovers cross the sand in Hamamatsu

It was a windy, blustery day when Google Lunar XPrize team Hakuto took to the dunes in Hamamatsu to test their rovers. We were there to capture the proceedings.

14 Images By January 23, 2015


Motorized beach umbrella drills itself into the sand

Fed up with wobbly beach umbrellas that take flight at the slightest breeze? The DrillBeach might be just the thing for you.

By December 10, 2014


'Abandoned in Place': Forgotten space launch sites left to the sands of time

Photographer Roland Miller has made it a mission to document space launch sites abandoned across America.

By November 25, 2014


How smartphones offer Syrian refugees a lifeline

Startups and nonprofit organizations are offering high-tech assistance to the hyper-connected wave of Syrian refugees.

By November 27, 2015


'Thing Explainer': Fun if you enjoy puzzles, annoying if you just want to learn

Cartoonist and author Randall Munroe's latest book details science and technology with only a 1,000-word vocabulary. That limits its appeal, but the book is fun for those who already know the basics.

By December 1, 2015


Wear the sands of Tatooine on your wrist

This limited-edition watch features sand from the "Star Wars" set of Tatooine in Tunisia, and is proudly worn by none other than Chewbacca himself.

By September 2, 2014


Bill O'Reilly to Donald Trump: You should never tweet again

Technically Incorrect: The leading Republican candidate defends his Twitter habits, but admits that he doesn't have time to check every statistic he retweets.

By November 24, 2015


'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer full of sand, grit, rusty rat rods

Tom Hardy takes on the role of Mad Max as the sand flies in a first-look trailer for the 2015 post-apocalyptic film.

By July 28, 2014