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The Yukon Delta from Space {Photo of the Day}

This Envisat image features three of Envisat’s Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) acquisitions (19 November 2009, 8 April 2010 and 13 May 2010) laid over one another, depicting the changes in the surface of the Yukon Delta, in Alaska, between when the photos were taken.

Clouds from International Space Station {Photo of the Day}

Paolo Nespoli, a European Space Agency Astronaut and Flight Engineer of ISS Expedition 26/27 which extended from December 2010 to May 2011 took the following photo before leaving the International Space Station for home, at the end of his 6 month stay.

Wildfires in Texas {Photo of the Day}

Since April 6, more than a million acres have burned throughout the state of the Texas, says the Texas Forest Service. This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAโ€™s Aqua satellite, shows conditions on April 15, 2011. Wind whips both smoke and dust southeast across the state. The fires that MODIS detected are marked in red.

Saharan Dust off Western Europe [Photo of the Day]

The image below was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAโ€™s Terra satellite on April 8, 2011, and shows the dust which had hovered off the coast of Portugal two days earlier now moving toward the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Early Autumn in New Zealand

NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this beautiful image of New Zealand on March 30.

Snow Frosts the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are one of the planet’s most beautiful locations, almost moreso when seen from space. This image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra on March 28.

Satellite Image of Iceland

Iceland is aptly named in this image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on March 9.

Robots Achieve Self-Awareness, May Also Develop 'Mental Problems'

Artificial intelligence has taken a big leap forward: two roboticists (Lipson and Zagal), working at the University of Chile, Santiago, have created what they claim is the first robot to possess “metacognition” — a form of self-awareness which involves the ability to observe ones’ own thought processes and thus alter one’s behavior accordingly.