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Astrophysicists Suggest New Place Where Planet Nine Could Be Hiding - Gizmodo
The theorized extra planet in our solar system remains out of sight but not out of mind.

Who will buy 'Big John,' the biggest triceratops ever found? -
The massive fossil will be on display in Paris from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15.

Planetary radar observes 1,000th near-earth asteroid since 1968 -
On Aug. 14, 2021, a small near-Earth asteroid (NEA) designated 2021 PJ1 passed our planet at a distance of over 1 million miles (about 1.7 million kilometers). Between 65 and 100 feet (20 and 30 meters) wide, the recently discovered asteroid wasn't a threat t…

SpaceX all-civilian flight clears flight readiness review for Kennedy Space Center launch - Orlando Sentinel
In the less than two weeks, four civilians look to blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company’s first civilian flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Three New Species of Hand-Standing Spotted Skunks Discovered - SciTechDaily
Redesignating an endangered subspecies as a separate species could help it get protected. Picture a skunk. You’re probably thinking of a stocky animal, around the size of a housecat, black with white stripes, like Pepé Le Pew. That describes North America’s m…

Researchers develop a hypercompact CRISPR | Stanford News - Stanford University News
Bioengineers have repurposed a “non-working” CRISPR system to make a smaller version of the genome engineering tool. Its diminutive size should make it easier to deliver into human cells, tissues and the body for gene therapy.

Russian cosmonauts begin series of spacewalks to integrate Nauka with the ISS - -
ISS Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitsky and Pytor Dubrov have exited the International Space…

Supervolcanoes are catastrophic for thousands of years after a super-eruption, study warns - Daily Mail
A 'catastrophic' supervolcano eruption that could tip Earth into a 'volcanic winter' is more likely to happen than previously believed, according to a newly published study.

The first experimental realization of a dissipative time crystal -
A time crystal is a unique and exotic phase of matter first predicted by the American physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012. Time crystals are temporal analogs of more conventional space crystals, as both are based on structures characterized by repeating patterns.

Hubble Snaps Speedy Star Jets - NASA
This striking image features a relatively rare phenomenon, a Herbig-Haro object. Newly formed stars sometimes expel narrow jets of fast-moving ionized gas. The jets then collide with the clouds of gas and dust surrounding newly formed stars at speeds of hundr…

Birds and mammals evolve faster if their home is rising, study says - Daily Mail
The rise and fall of Earth's land surface over the last three million years shaped the evolution of birds and mammals, report scientists at the University of Cambridge.

Dense 'hot spots' on a young star reveal what Earth's sun may have looked in its infancy -
Astronomers may have captured the best view yet of matter colliding with the surface of a young star, findings that may shed light on what the sun looked like in its youth.

Star Explodes After Black Hole Devours It From the Inside - Newsweek
Astronomers have witnessed signs of a rare cosmic event for the first time, a black hole being swallowed by a star and eating its way out.

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster returns to port on upgraded drone ship - Teslarati
Upgraded SpaceX drone ship A Shortfall Of Gravitas (ASOG) returned to Port Canaveral on Tuesday, August 31st after a flawless inaugural Falcon 9 booster landing. In a pleasant coincidence, the brand new drone ship was greeted by an even newer member of SpaceX…

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