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NASA orders spacewalk for repairs at space station – USA TODAY

In March 2017, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson suited up in the U.S. Quest airlock getting ready for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Whitson will conduct a spacewalk with Jack Fischer on Tuesday, May 22, 2017. The spacewalk was ordered to replace a data relay box that failed Saturday, May 20, 2017.(Photo: Provided by […]

"Alien megastructure" star is at it again with strange dimming – CBS News

"Alien megastructure" star is at it again with strange dimming – CBS News

The perplexing cosmic object known as “Boyajian’s star” is once again exhibiting a mysterious pattern of dimming and brightening that scientists have tried to explain with hypotheses ranging from swarms of comets to alien megastructures. On Friday, an urgent call went out to scientists around the world to turn as many telescopes as possible toward the […]

Ape that lived in Europe 7 million years ago could be human ancestor, controversial study suggests – Washington Post

Lower jaw of Graecopithecus freybergi. (Wolfgang Gerber, University of Tübingen) In 1944, German soldiers constructing a bunker in Greece uncovered a fossilized jawbone. The specimen was in poor shape, just a curve of mandible with its teeth mostly chipped away. “It was considered to be a specimen that nobody really knew what to do with,” said paleobiologist […]

Nuclear Explosions and Submarine Comms Distort Space Weather Near Earth – Space.com

Space weather typically refers to charged particles ejected by the sun that can interact with Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. However, a new study shows that humans also can change the near-Earth space environment.  According to the study, examples of human activity that can cause these changes include the use of very-low-frequency […]

Young whale finds its way out of Southern California harbor – Washington Post

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The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die – Gizmodo

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die – Gizmodo

Photo: AP It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking […]

Biological Origami: How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings Could Produce Better Umbrellas And Other Designs – Tech Times

With the help of high-speed cameras and a little tweak in the ladybug’s spotted wing cases, scientists have finally discovered the mystery of how ladybugs fold their hind wings. The ladybug’s natural design may help our own engineering designs in the future. Ladybug Wings Mystery Unlike other beetles, ladybugs are actually quite agile […]

Scientists worldwide turn telescopes to "alien megastructure" star – The Space Reporter

Scientists worldwide turn telescopes to "alien megastructure" star – The Space Reporter

Artist’s illustration showing a cloud of comet fragments blocking light from a star—one of the possible explanations for the strange, occasional dimming of KIC 8462852, also known as “Tabby’s Star.” Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The star that has stumped astronomers with an irregular pattern of dimming and brightening that some have attributed to a possible surrounding “alien […]

Huge Earth discovery shocks scientists – BABW News

Huge Earth discovery shocks scientists – BABW News

Scientists have just made an incredible discovery about our planet that will blow your mind. Researchers have determined that we may have accidentally created a radiation shield around Earth by broadcasting radio waves everywhere, creating a barrier of sorts in the atmosphere. The results come from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, and they reveal that our […]

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die – Gizmodo

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die – Gizmodo

Photo: AP It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking […]

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