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Strange pink snow in the Italian Alps might be a red flag - CNET
More "watermelon snow" in the Alps could be a sign of fast-melting ice.

Astronomers have found the source of life in the universe - Inverse
New observations of white dwarf stars reveal their stellar contribution to carbon atoms in the cosmos, one of the building blocks of life.

Hubble just snapped one of its greatest images ever - New York Post
Galaxies always seem special simply due to their huge size and collections of stars, planets, and typically a black hole or sometimes more. They’re definitely interesting, but some are clearly bett…

A Surprise Comet Is Coming to Put on a Spectacular Sky Show — and It Won't Be Visible Again for Over 6,000 Years - Travel + Leisure
A comet named C/2020 is expected to be visible from Earth at various points throughout July.

A massive fireball appeared over Tokyo, and we have the video - BGR
A space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere over Tokyo, producing a brilliant flash and a loud sonic boom. The incident was captured on video, showing the fireball lighting up and then fizzling out. No damage was reported but the sonic boom was heard for great di…

Atomic 'Swiss Army knife' precisely measures materials for quantum computers -
It images single atoms. It maps atomic-scale hills and valleys on metal and insulating surfaces. And it records the flow of current across atom-thin materials subject to giant magnetic fields. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (…

There's a Black Hole With 34 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun, Eating Roughly a Star Every Day - Universe Today
In the 1960s, astronomers began theorizing that there might be black holes in the Universe that are so massive – supermassive black holes (SMBHs) – they could power the nuclei of active galaxies (aka. quasars). A decade later, astronomers discovered that an S…

SpaceX news, launch calendars, and video - Inverse
SpaceX, the aerospace firm founded by Elon Musk in 2002, is hurtling forward with innovative technologies that bring down the cost of space flight as a way to finance his ultimate goal of getting humans on Mars.

Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis - The Guardian
Noctilucent clouds, on the edge of the atmosphere, are increasingly seen outside of polar regions

Meet the 'tiny bug slayer,' an ancient relative of dinosaurs - CNN
A "tiny bug slayer" that only reached 4 inches in height was the ancestor of much larger dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs 237 million years ago, according to a new study.

First direct evidence of ocean mixing across the Gulf Stream -
New research provides the first direct evidence for the Gulf Stream blender effect, identifying a new mechanism of mixing water across the swift-moving current. The results have important implications for weather, climate and fisheries because ocean mixing pl…

NASA Provides Update on Commercial Crew Program, Close Call Review of Boeing's Orbital Flight Test - NASA
NASA will host a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7, to discuss the outcome of its High Visibility Close Call review of the December 2019 uncrewed Orbital Flight Test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

Researchers realize an anomalous Floquet topological system -
An international team led by physicists from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet (LMU) in Munich realized a novel genuine time-dependent topological system with ultracold atoms in periodically-driven optical honeycomb lattices.

Exoplanet in the hot-Neptune desert is the first of its kind - Ars Technica
Hello, planetary delivery service? I'll take one gas giant, hold the gas.

This massive ice lake on Mars will take your breath away - BGR
The ESA’s Mars Express orbiter captured images of a massive crater lake on the planet’s North Pole. Using data gathered by the mission, the ESA has created a virtual video flyover of the area. Mars once had liquid water on its surface, but it’s now too cold t…

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