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'Wow.' Astrophysicist Eugene Parker Reacts to Namesake Sun Probe's 1st Science Results (Video) -
The pioneering astrophysicist is impressed by the Parker Solar Probe's achievements thus far.

Birds are getting smaller. Scientists see the echo of climate change. -
Birds have been shrinking but their wingspans getting longer as global temperatures rise and the climate warms, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Ecology Letters has found.

There's a New Record for the Most Massive Black Hole Ever Seen: 40 Billion Solar Masses - Universe Today
Astronomers have measured a 40 billion solar mass black hole in the Holm 15A galaxy. Their results could lead to even more massive black holes.

Artificial cells act more like the real thing -
Protocells—artificial cells—that are active and mimic living cells by moving independently and that are biocompatible and enzymatically active are now possible using an improved method developed by Penn State researchers.

NASA's New Climate Science Recruits Are Elephant Seals with Fancy Hats -
Settle down, we'll get to the space stuff eventually, I promise.

As China rapidly adopts clean energy, use of traditional stoves persists -
Old habits are hard to break. A McGill-led study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind people's reluctance to give up traditional stoves, it wi…

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu - WIRED
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spotted the asteroid spitting out rocks—more evidence that these alien worlds aren't so inert after all.

With Shovels and Drones, Volcano Hunters Probe Kilauea - WIRED
New studies reveal inner workings of the massive 2018 Hawaiian flow—the “Super Bowl” of eruptions

AI-enabled assistant robot returning to the Space Station with improved emotional intelligence - TechCrunch
The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (or CIMON, for short) recorded a number of firsts on its initial mission to the International Space Station, which took place last November, including becoming the first-ever autonomous free-floating robot to operate aboa…

Comet 2I/Borisov Came From Another Star, But It Looks Oddly Familiar - NPR
The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe.

Michigan illuminates the night sky in astronaut photo taken from space -
“The mitten waves back, even at night," wrote Michigan astronaut Christina Koch.

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