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Trump border wall could split SpaceX’s Texas launchpad in two - Los Angeles Times
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a big stake in the battle over border security being waged in Congress: a launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border.
https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-t...


We Finally Know When Our Milky Way Will Crash Into the Andromeda Galaxy - Space.com
The monster collision between our Milky Way and fellow spiral galaxy Andromeda will occur about 4.5 billion years from now, rather than in 3.9 billion years.
https://www.space.com/43267-milky-way-an...


Nasa administrator announces plans to ‘go to the moon and stay’ - The Independent
The administrator of Nasa says the goal is to put humans back on the moon within the decade
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien...


Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale - Ars Technica
You pay more for medicine because hundreds of generics aren't for sale.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/...


Researchers Developed a Technique to Turn Nearly a Quarter of Our Plastic Waste into Fuel - Motherboard
The process could help convert millions of tons of plastic we generate every year into an gasoline and diesel-like fuel.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/artic...


Remembering our Fallen Heroes on This Week @NASA – February 8, 2019 - NASA
Remembering our fallen heroes, a milestone for our InSight lander on Mars, and, data released on our global temperature … a few of the stories to tell you ab...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0miq_cg...


Two sea level studies have some good news, bad news - Ars Technica
A second look at a shocking 2016 study, plus the climate impacts of melting ice.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/...


360 Video: Curiosity rover departs Vera Rubin Ridge - Phys.org
After exploring Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge for more than a year, NASA's Curiosity rover recently moved on. But a new 360-video lets the public visit Curiosity's final drill site on the ridge, an area nicknamed "Rock Hall." The video was created from a panorama ta…
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-video-curi...


Researchers add porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics - Phys.org
When Rice University chemist and engineer Hossein Robatjazi set out to marry a molecular sieve called MOF to a plasmonic aluminum nanoparticle two years ago, he never imagined the key would be the same process nature uses to petrify wood.
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-porous-env...


This is the last image the planet-hunting Kepler telescope ever took - MIT Technology Review
The photo was taken on September 25, 2018, not long before the space telescope turned off forever.
https://www.technologyreview.com/the-dow...


Chinese satellite snaps rare photo of moon's far side with Earth in the background - NBC News
A new photo taken by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite, part of the country's Chang'e 4 mission, affords a rare view of the lunar far side alongside a tiny Earth.
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/chi...


Scientists say bees can do basic math - CNN
Honeybees can add and subtract if trained to do so, according to a study published in Science Advances.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/health/ho...


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