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Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Is water the new oil of space? It may be to Middle Eastern oil states such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are looking at space as a way to diversify out of the earthly benefits of fossil fuel. “Middle East oil states are investing in …

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No bones needed: ancient DNA in soil can tell if humans were around

No bones needed: ancient DNA in soil can tell if humans were around

Humans, modern and otherwise, have lived in Denisova Cave in Siberia for tens of thousands of years, where they left behind a treasury of archaeological artifacts. The cave is famous for giving its name to Denisovans, a species of human closely related to …

Scientists Sequence Ancient Neandertal DNA From Cave Dirt

Scientists Sequence Ancient Neandertal DNA From Cave Dirt

Need DNA? No body? No problem. New research in Science by an international team of researchers lead by Viviane Slon at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has shown a relatively straightforward way to sequence the DNA from of …

Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans

Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans

A new study examining the muscular system of bonobos provides firsthand evidence that the rare great ape species may be more closely linked, anatomically, to human ancestors than common chimpanzees. A new study examining the muscular system of bonobos …

When bridges collapse: Researchers study whether we're underestimating risk

When bridges collapse: Researchers study whether we’re underestimating risk

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact. The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to …

SpaceX is about to launch its first big satellite for the US military this weekend

SpaceX is about to launch its first big satellite for the US military this weekend

SpaceX conducted a static fire test ahead of Sunday’s launch. SpaceX This weekend, SpaceX is slated to do its very first national security mission for the US military — sending a spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

SpaceX Set For Top-Secret Spy Satellite Launch

SpaceX Set For Top-Secret Spy Satellite Launch

SpaceX is all set for its first top secret spy satellite mission, due to blast off on a Falcon 9 sometime between 7am and 9am EDT on Sunday. The launch will mark the very first time the National Reconnaissance Office has trusted anyone other than United …

Russia from Above: A Glimpse at a Vast Landscape

Russia from Above: A Glimpse at a Vast Landscape

Russia is vast, encompassing 6,592,800 square miles (17,075,200 square kilometers) of tundra, taigas, steppes, plains and mountains. It’s the largest nation on Earth by land area and makes up one-eighth of the planet’s total inhabited land. In short, it’s …

Why this zoo is putting gigantic, slimy ‘snot otters’ back in streams

Why this zoo is putting gigantic, slimy ‘snot otters’ back in streams

Herpetologist Don Boyer inevitably drew attention when he drove into town. People would notice his truck, with “Bronx Zoo” emblazoned across the side, and want to know what he was doing in their corner of western New York. “Releasing hellbenders …

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years? Chances are we’ll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years. In 1880 the average American male was 5’7’’. Today, he’s 5’10’’.

How Would Just 2 Degrees of Warming Change the Planet?

How Would Just 2 Degrees of Warming Change the Planet?

The Earth is home to a range of climates, from the scorching dunes of the Sahara to the freezing ridges of Antarctica. Given this diversity, why are climate scientists so alarmed about a worldwide temperature increase of just 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 …

DNA Of Ancient Humans Found In Caves - Even Without Bones

DNA Of Ancient Humans Found In Caves - Even Without Bones

The DNA of our ancient human ancestors can now be found within the sediment rocks in caves – even when there are no bones left. It is rare to find the fossilised remains of bones from hominid species, so this technique could be revolutionary, allowing …

Record Breaking Blackest Material Is So Dark It Cannot Be Analysed Using Spectroscopy

Record Breaking Blackest Material Is So Dark It Cannot Be Analysed Using Spectroscopy

Recently, I have got hooked onto the ABC series ‘Once Upon A Time’ thanks to the arrival of Netflix in my life – it came as a package deal with the fiancé. I’m up to Season 3, and thought that things couldn’t possibly get darker than Peter Pan …

Watch Astronauts Play Ping-Pong with Water in Ultra-HD

Watch Astronauts Play Ping-Pong with Water in Ultra-HD

In the first live 4k video stream from the International Space Station on Wednesday (April 26), NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer wowed viewers by playing with water in zero-G and in ultra-HD. The duo started off with a game of “space ping …

A major eclipse is coming this summer. There’s proper attire for it.

A major eclipse is coming this summer. There’s proper attire for it.

Don’t even think about booking a hotel room in Jackson, Wyo., on Aug. 21. They’ve all already been snapped up by fanatical eclipse chasers — mostly, apparently, middle-aged men who can’t get enough of watching the moon block the sun. You’re …

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Is water the new oil of space? It may be to Middle Eastern oil states such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are looking at space as a way to diversify out of the earthly benefits of fossil fuel. “Middle East oil states are investing in …

SpaceX is launching a spy satellite for the US government

SpaceX is launching a spy satellite for the US government

Elon Musk got his first taste of what goes into a top-secret space mission back in 2006, when his company SpaceX was experimenting with a new rocket at a US Air Force base. For fear that the space startup’s work would disturb efforts by competitors …

13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter. Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university’s Centre for the …

SpaceX to launch classified US govt payload Sunday

SpaceX to launch classified US govt payload Sunday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is poised to blast NROL-76 into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida during a two-hour launch window which opens Sunday at 7 am (1100 GMT) SpaceX on Sunday is scheduled to make its first military launch, with a classified payload for …

The Late Heavy Bombardment: A Violent Assault on Young Earth

The Late Heavy Bombardment: A Violent Assault on Young Earth

Around 4 billion years ago, material left over from planet formation slammed into Earth. These bombardments may have brought water to the young planet. Credit: NASA Early Earth suffered constant threat of attack from leftover planet-building material.

'Dragonfly' drone could explore Saturn moon Titan

’Dragonfly’ drone could explore Saturn moon Titan

A relocatable lander could explore the hazy skies of Saturn’s intriguing moon Titan, according a new mission proposal. As the eight-bladed whirlybird travels across the moon, it could investigate some of the most promising potentially habitable sites on …

Cassini Preps For Death Plunge Into Saturn And Sends Farewell Image Of Tiny Earth

Cassini Preps For Death Plunge Into Saturn And Sends Farewell Image Of Tiny Earth

As NASA’s amazing Cassini spacecraft takes on technological death-defying feats months before it goes into a final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, it continues to transmit images back to Earth of things never seen before this close to a giant planet.

Check out this building that was 3-D-printed by a robot

Check out this building that was 3-D-printed by a robot

The future of construction just got a little bit more real. Researchers at MIT have created a mobile robot that can 3-D-print an entire building in a matter of hours — a technology that could be used in disaster zones, on inhospitable planets or even in …

Heroes of the Storm’s 2.0 update is about rewards, not changing the game

Heroes of the Storm’s 2.0 update is about rewards, not changing the game

Blizzard has rebooted Heroes of the Storm without actually rebooting it. The developer has made a big to-do about Heroes of the Storm 2.0, effectively relaunching its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) for PC. It launched earlier this …

Virgin Galactic Aims to Fly Space Tourists in 2018, CEO Says

Virgin Galactic Aims to Fly Space Tourists in 2018, CEO Says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is on track to begin commercial passenger spaceflights before the end of next year, the company’s chief executive said. For years, Branson has been optimistically forecasting the start of rides …

How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havoc

How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havoc

Also in this episode of Generation Anthropocene: The case of U.S. Navy ships, beached whales and deadly sonar pings In a post-9/11 world, border walls between countries have become more common. But the science is severely lacking in our understanding of …

NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

Not a surprise, but it gives SpaceX time to catch up. The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won’t get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress …

NASA is running out of spacesuits and it could jeopardize future missions

NASA is running out of spacesuits and it could jeopardize future missions

A new government audit reveals that NASA is running low on spacesuits and new ones might not be available in time. Astronauts have been using the same suits since 1981. The suit were only designed to last 15 years, but NASA was able to extend the lifetime …

Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

A Tesla Model S charges at a Tesla Supercharger station in Cabazon, California Thomson Reuters By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California …

If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need to Ship In the Bricks

If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need to Ship In the Bricks

We often wonder if somewhere hidden on Mars are the building blocks for life. But what about building blocks for a civilization? A new study suggests that the material humanity needs to one day construct houses, buildings and even entire colonies on Mars …

Long after their bones were gone, Neanderthals' DNA survived in cave

Long after their bones were gone, Neanderthals’ DNA survived in cave

Scientists found DNA related to the extinct human lineage called Denisovans in Denisova Cave in Siberia. Here, Richard Roberts, Vladimir Ulianov and Maxim Kozlikin (clockwise from top) plan the sampling of sediments in the cave’s east chamber. DNA from two …

NASA Used a Material Found in Crayons for This Roaring Rocket

NASA Used a Material Found in Crayons for This Roaring Rocket

Researchers at NASA and Stanford have been experimenting with a new type of rocket engine, which they call the Peregrine hybrid rocket motor. The Peregrine is powered by paraffin wax, which can also be found in your regular crayon or candle. Be careful, it …

Study: Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans

Study: Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2017)–A new study examining the muscular system of bonobos provides firsthand evidence that the rare great ape species may be more closely linked, anatomically, to human ancestors than common chimpanzees. Previous research suggested …

When bridges collapse: Stanford researchers study whether we're underestimating risk

When bridges collapse: Stanford researchers study whether we’re underestimating risk

The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to update infrastructure, including its crumbling bridges. An obstacle to spending the money wisely is that the current means of assessing bridges may underestimate their vulnerability …

New Technique Pulls Ancient Human DNA out of Cave Soil

New Technique Pulls Ancient Human DNA out of Cave Soil

Finding bones from early humans and their ancestors is difficult and rare—often requiring scientists to sort through the sediment floor of caves in far-flung locations. But modern advances in technology could completely transform the field. As Gina …

NASA selects ASU's 'ShadowCam' to fly on Korea Pathfinder lunar orbiter

NASA selects ASU’s ‘ShadowCam’ to fly on Korea Pathfinder lunar orbiter

NASA has selected an instrument developed by Mark Robinson of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) to map the terrain and search for evidence of frost or ice deposits in the Moon’s permanently shadowed …

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be as dire as believed, study says

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be as dire as believed, study says

A new CU Boulder study indicates tropical forests may surprisingly accelerate their growth in warmer and wetter conditions – good news because they may take up more CO2 from the atmosphere under such conditions. Credit: University of Colorado Tropical …

New organic lasers one step closer to reality

New organic lasers one step closer to reality

Photograph of a blue organic thin-film laser under operation along with microscope images and a schematic of the lasers. By optimizing the device structure and using appropriate materials, the duration of lasing was extended up to 30 ms, which is more than …

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be as dire as believed, says CU Boulder study

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be as dire as believed, says CU Boulder study

April 28, 2017 - Tropical rainforests are often described as the “lungs of the earth,” able to inhale carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and exhale oxygen in return. The faster they grow, the more they mitigate climate change by absorbing CO2. This role …

Cassini beams exceptional shots from inside Saturn's rings

Cassini beams exceptional shots from inside Saturn’s rings

Cassini beams exceptional shots from inside Saturn’s rings NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shares its incredible images from between Saturn and its rings. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2pcPR6M NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shares its …

Earth-Mass

Earth-Mass “Ice Ball” Planet Found 13,000 Light-Years Away

This artist’s illustration depicts OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, an Earth-mass planet in an Earth-like orbit around its star. This newfound planet is likely to be much colder than our own world, however, as its star is much smaller and dimmer than our sun.

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Cassini beams exceptional shots from inside Saturn's rings

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The first Americans: Clues to an ancient migration

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Space probe Cassini flies inside Saturn’s rings

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Scientists Keep Premature Lamb Alive in Plastic Bag

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Kenya’s last northern white rhino joins Tinder

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North Korea Conducts Largest Live Artillery Exercise Ever

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson holds records for longest time in space by an American

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