Archive offers new life for fallen space shuttle Columbia

File photo of the space shuttle Columbia lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape CanaveralCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Space shuttle Columbia’s flying days came to an abrupt and tragic end on February 1, 2003, when damage from a broken wing crescendo, dooming the seven astronauts aboard. Although Columbia now lies in pieces, its mission is not over. The recovered wreckage, painstakingly retrieved from Texas and Louisiana for months after the accident, was preserved for a unique archive and education program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. …

Biological Twist: How Owls Spin Heads Around

Biological Twist: How Owls Spin Heads AroundOwls don’t need eyes in the back of their heads to see what’s behind them — they can just swivel their heads all the way around. In fact, many owl species, such as the barred owl, can rotate their heads 270 degrees in each direction, which means they can look to the left by rotating all the way to the right, or vice versa.