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NASA just landed on asteroid Bennu. What you need to know about the mission - CNET
NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft attempted to swipe space souvenirs from Bennu Tuesday to bring home to Earth. Soon we'll know how successful it was.

NASA teases 'exciting new discovery' coming about the moon next week - New York Post
NASA scientists will announce an “exciting new discovery” about the moon in a virtual press conference on Monday, the agency said Wednesday. The news will be announced by NASA in a 12 p…

NASA Science Live: Our First Attempt to Sample Asteroid Bennu - NASA
NASA has touched the surface of asteroid Bennu to collect the agency’s first ever asteroid sample, which will one day shed new insights on the history of our...

Space station crew returns to Earth after 195-day mission - CBS News
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two cosmonauts head home to close out action-packed space flight.

Turbulent era sparked leap in human behavior, adaptability 320,000 years ago -
For hundreds of thousands of years, early humans in the East African Rift Valley could expect certain things of their environment. Freshwater lakes in the region ensured a reliable source of water, and large grazing herbivores roamed the grasslands. Then, aro…

Building blocks of language evolved 30-40 million years ago -
The capacity for language is built upon our ability to understand combinations of words and the relationships between them, but the evolutionary history of this ability is little understood. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have managed to date…

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower is still active: How to watch the show - CNET
This week brings prime prime meteor spotting, as the shooting star extravaganza continues.

Rocket Lab scrubs launch of "In Focus" mission for Planet, Canon imaging satellites -
Rocket Lab was preparing to launch their fifth Electron mission of 2020 — a rideshare…

Touching the Asteroid | NOVA - PBS
Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.

This super-beetle can survive being run over by a car -- and help with engineering problems - CNN
Scientists developing new materials are studying an unlikely source of strength: a beetle that can withstand being run over by a car.

Long-Lost Tectonic Plate Discovered Hundreds of Miles Below Canada - Newsweek
Whether or not the "Resurrection plate" ever existed has long been a hot topic of debate in the field of geology.

DNA-binding proteins meet their mismatch -
Mismatches can bend DNA into favourable shapes for protein binding.

Cryo-electron microscopy reaches atomic resolution -
Structural-biology method crosses a key resolution threshold.

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