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NASA's Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample – NASA's Mars Exploration Program - NASA Mars Exploration
The rock core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, and will be available for retrieval in the future.

World’s largest triceratops skeleton going up for auction could fetch more than $1.4M - Fox Business
The fossilized skeleton known as “Big John” will be sold by the Drouot auction house in Paris on Oct. 21.

This Australian duck says ‘You bloody fool’ and can imitate other sounds — and scientists couldn’t be more fascinated - ZME Science
This rare display of acquired vocalization could help scientists unravel the origin of speech and language in humans.

Japan's H3 rocket awaiting final engine certification for first flight - -
Japan’s third-generation liquid hydrogen-powered rocket, H3, is nearing closer to its first launch. The H3…

House budget reconciliation package funds NASA infrastructure but not lunar lander work - SpaceNews
The House Science Committee will mark up its portion of a multitrillion-dollar spending bill this week that funds NASA infrastructure but not lunar landers.

China's Zhurong rover snaps panorama of Mars to mark 100th day - Daily Mail
China's Zhurong rover has worked on Mars' surface for 100 days and to honour the milestone the Beijing-based China National Space Administration released this panoramic image.

'Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space,' a docuseries on SpaceX's 1st all-civilian spaceflight, launches on Netflix -
Time Studios and Netflix are chronicling the mission, which launches Sept. 15.

Hubble discovers hydrogen-burning white dwarfs enjoying slow aging -
The prevalent view of white dwarfs as inert, slowly cooling stars has been challenged by observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. An international group of astronomers have discovered the first evidence that white dwarfs can slow down their rate…

Novel imaging method reveals a surprising arrangement of DNA in the cell's nucleus -
If you open a biology textbook and run through the images depicting how DNA is organized in the cell's nucleus, chances are you'll start feeling hungry; the chains of DNA would seem like a bowl of ramen: long strings floating in liquid. However, according to …

Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist - The Guardian
Prof Paul Davies suggests viruses may form vital part of ecosystems on other planets

New ultra-hot Jupiter exoplanet discovered -
An international team of astronomers has detected a new ultra-hot Jupiter extrasolar planet using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The newfound alien world is nearly two times larger than Jupiter and has a misaligned orbit. The finding is …

Novel Metal Discovered Where Electrons Flow in the Same Way Water Flows in a Pipe - SciTechDaily
The findings confirm theoretical predictions that certain metallic specimens could support an electron-phonon liquid phase. A team of researchers from Boston College has created a new metallic specimen where the motion of electrons flows in the same way water…

China's Chang'e-5 orbiter is heading back to the moon - SpaceNews
The Chang’e-5 orbiter module which facilitated China’s complex lunar sample return last year is on its way to the moon following deep space tests.

Scientists say a telescope on the Moon could advance physics — and they're hoping to build one - Raw Story
Humans are reliant on the Moon for far more than most realize. The natural satellite that lights up the nighttime sky moderates Earth's tilt, creating a more stable and livable climate for us here on Earth. Without the Moon, there would be no seasons. And, th…

Why is the color blue so rare in nature? -
Feeling blue? That color isn't as common as you may think.

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