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SpaceX’s Starship prototype nails first tethered hop during Raptor test fire - Teslarati
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company’s first full-scale Starship prototype has completed an inaugural hop test in South Texas, igniting its lone Raptor engine and straining against a trio of tethers attached to its legs. While relatively minor in the sc…

Climate change: Warning from 'Antarctica's last forests' - BBC News
Scientists call for more research into the last time when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were the same as today.

A Trove of New Denisovan Discoveries Revealed At A Recent Anthropological Conference - Ancient Origins
The annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists held at the end of March in Cleveland, Ohio, was eagerly awaited by those with an interest in human origins as it would be here that Bence Viola, a Canadian paleoanthropologist with th…

MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors - TechCrunch
The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there's no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic "cyber-agriculture" has produced a superior plant with more rob…

Two Unusual Galaxies Shake Up the Dark Matter Debate, Again - WIRED
No dark matter? No problem! Two galaxies that appear devoid of the mysterious substance could be strong—if seemingly ironic—evidence of its existence.

Boeing delays its first Starliner test flight until August - Engadget
NASA and Boeing delay Starliner's first uncrewed test flight until August.

Falcon Heavy: Roadways to avoid during weekend launch - Florida Today
Thousands could turn out for Sunday's targeted launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, causing traffic and parking issues along the Space Coast.

Forever young: study uncovers protein that keeps skin youthful - Medical Xpress
Beauty might only be skin deep, but for those wondering how to keep that skin young, scientists may have found an answer in the form of a protein that encourages cell competition.

First successful model simulation of the past 3 million years of climate change - RealClimate
Guest post by Matteo Willeit, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research A new study published in Science Advances shows that the main features of natural climate variability over the last 3 million years can be reproduced with an efficient model of the …

ESO will be Announcing the First Black Hole Picture on April 10 - Universe Today
Soon, we hope, we'll have the first picture of a black hole's event horizon. It's all thanks to the international Event Horizon Telescope.

Global warming impairs stock–recruitment dynamics of corals -
A regional-scale shift in the relationships between adult stock and recruitment of corals occurred along the Great Barrier Reef, following mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 caused by global warming.

Scientists discover first organism with chlorophyll genes that doesn't photosynthesize -
For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis.

Beresheet to make critical manuever to orbit the moon - Arutz Sheva
Israeli spacecraft to make 'Lunar Capture' maneuver tomorrow to enter into the moon's orbit.

Otherworldly mirror pools and mesmerizing landscapes discovered on ocean floor - Phys.Org
While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments, Dr. Mandy Joye (University of Georgia), and her interdisciplinary research team discovered large venting mineral towers that reach up to 23 meters in height and 10 meters across. These towers featu…

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