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Geology: Ancient diamonds reveal Earth was ready for life's 'explosion' 2.7 BILLION years ago - Daily Mail
The atmosphere during the 'Neoarchean' period had a similar volatile makeup as today, researchers from the University of Lorraine, France, showed.

NASA Mars helicopter pulls off 'most nerve-wracking flight since Flight 1' - CNET
Ingenuity's ninth flight pushes the little chopper to its limits.

Sculpted by starlight: A meteorite witness to the solar system's birth -
In 2011, scientists confirmed a suspicion: There was a split in the local cosmos. Samples of the solar wind brought back to Earth by the Genesis mission definitively determined oxygen isotopes in the sun differ from those found on Earth, the moon and the othe…

Male dragonflies lose their 'bling' in hotter climates -
A study published the week of July 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Michael Moore at Washington University in St. Louis finds that dragonfly males have consistently evolved less breeding coloration in regions with hotter climate…

51,000-Year-Old Bone Carving Suggests Neanderthals Were True Artists - Gizmodo
The rare bone carving was unearthed at a cave entrance in northern Germany.

Russian scientists clone cow and edit her genes to remove protein that causes lactose intolerance - Daily Mail
Scientists in Moscow have cloned a cow whose milk doesn't contain the protein that causes lactose intolerance in humans. Born in April 2020, the calf is healthy with a normal reproductive cycle.

It's aphelion day, the Sun is at its farthest -
While it may seem odd that the Sun is at its farthest during the summer, that distance has relatively little impact on temperatures.

Stennis, SLS core stage teams reflect on Green Run campaign - -
The first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage is now being readied for the program’s…

Mercury's iron core was formed because it was close to 'magnetic' sun when solar system was formed - Daily Mail
Mercury's dense iron core - three quarters of its diameter - is due to the sun's magnetism and not collisions with other celestial bodies, according to a newly published study.

Microbes that feast on crushed rocks thrive in Antarctica's ice-covered lakes -
It could provide clues to how extraterrestrial life might develop on other planets.

Astronomers discover an oversized black hole population in the star cluster Palomar 5 -
Palomar 5 is a unique star cluster. In a paper published today in Nature Astronomy, an international team of astrophysicists led by the University of Barcelona show that distinguishing features of Palomar 5 are likely the result of an oversized black hole pop…

This beetle can walk upside down on the underside of a pool of water -
This is the first time ever that an animal has been documented performing this bizarre trick. The researchers who discovered it think studying it could lead to advancements in robotics.

Here's What $3.3 Million Buys You in California - The New York Times
A Tudor-style home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a Craftsman-inspired retreat in Laguna Beach and a 1975 post-and-beam house in Mill Valley.

Hubble on the Bubble: Can NASA fix the world’s most famous telescope? - SYFY WIRE
On June 13, 2021, Hubble Space Telescope detected a problem in one of its computers, and went into “safe mode.” It shut down all non-essential operations, closed its hatch, and awaited engineers back on Earth to figure out how to fix it. But that’s turning ou…

Chinese Astronauts Make First Spacewalk Outside New Station -
The astronauts, which arrived June 17 for a three-month mission aboard China’s third orbital station, are military pilots.

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