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NASA’s ‘Armageddon’-style asteroid deflection mission takes off in November - TechCrunch
NASA has a launch date for that most Hollywood of missions, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is basically a dry run of the movie Armageddon. Unlike the film, this will not involve nukes, oil rigs, or Aerosmith, but instead is a practical test of ou…

A European-Japanese spacecraft snapped the clearest photo of Mercury in 6 years as it flew past the planet - Yahoo News
The BepiColombo spacecraft just flew past Mercury — its ultimate destination — for the first time. The resulting photos reveal a moon-like surface.

Our DNA is becoming the world's tiniest hard drive -
Our genetic code is millions of times more efficient at storing data than existing solutions, which are costly and use immense amounts of energy and space. In fact, we could get rid of hard drives and store all the digital data on the planet within a couple h…

Rare Mastodon tooth discovered by 6-year-old boy in Michigan creek - Fox News
Six-year-old Julian Gagnon discovered a 12,000-year-old rare mastodon tooth in Michigan.

Scientists are still learning cool new things about gooey hagfish slime - Ars Technica
Larger hagfish produce larger, stronger thread cells to better ward off predators.

Bright fireball lights up the pre-dawn sky over Colorado (video) -
More than 40 reports came in concerning the blazing streak from space on Sunday.

Hubble Space Telescope takes stunning snap of NGC 5728 galaxy that has 'celestial eye' - Daily Mail
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped an image of galaxy NGC 5728, 130 million light-years from Earth. It is a Seyfert galaxy, which are 'powered by their active cores.'

Science of Psyche: Unique Asteroid Holds Clues to Early Solar System - NASA
Set to launch next year, NASA’s Psyche mission marks the first time the agency has set out to explore an asteroid richer in metal than rock or ice.

This 'Extraordinary Gamma-Ray Burst' Likely Came From Something Much Closer to Earth - ScienceAlert
For all our current proficiency at studying the cosmos, there are some basic things that are still extremely difficult to do.

Earth is 'dimming' because of climate change, research suggests. Experts say it's 'concerning' - USA TODAY
Earth is appearing to get dimmer, and climate change is a reason why, according to new research. The results, one expert says, are "quite concerning."

Incredible Trilobite Fossil Reveals It Had Hundreds Of Eyes - IFLScience
A fossilized trilobite dating back 390 million years has revealed some unnerving secrets about the large marine arthropods – they had eyes unlike any other

A Nobel Prize for Stephen Hawking That Might Have Been - The New York Times
A recent study of black holes confirmed a fundamental prediction that the theoretical physicist made nearly five decades ago. But the ultimate award is beyond his reach.

Simulations suggest an Earth or Mars size planet may be lurking out beyond Neptune -
A team of space scientists has published a paper in Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics suggesting that there may be an Earth- or Mars-sized planet orbiting beyond Neptune. They further suggest that simulations of the creation of the solar system show…

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