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A strange meteorite unlocks clues about the origins of our solar system - Salon
Scientists studied an unusual meteorite to learn about the burst of UV light that shone on our future planets

Star cluster overrun with black holes may dissolve into space, study finds -
In a few billion years, there may be no stars left in the Palomar 5 cluster.

Curiosity rover finds patches of rock record erased, revealing clues -
A new paper enriches scientists' understanding of where the rock record preserved or destroyed evidence of Mars' past and possible signs of ancient life.

The pressure is off and high temperature superconductivity remains -
In a critical next step toward room-temperature superconductivity at ambient pressure, Paul Chu, Founding Director and Chief Scientist at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH), Liangzi Deng, research assistant professor o…

What fractals, Fibonacci, and the golden ratio have to do with cauliflower - Ars Technica
Self-selected mutations during domestication drastically changed shape over time

Cold Climates Correlate With Big Bodies For Human Ancestors - NPR
Human ancestors got steadily larger over the last 1 million years. Our relatives living in colder places developed bigger bodies, a new study finds.

Nail-Biter: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s Latest Flight Was a Major Challenge - SciTechDaily
It has been a week of heightened apprehension on the Mars Helicopter team as we prepared a major flight challenge for Ingenuity. We uplinked instructions for the flight, which occurred Monday, July 5 at 2:03 am PT, and waited nervously for results to arrive f…

8 pivotal moments from NASA's Space Shuttle Program - CNN
July 8 marks one decade since the last NASA space shuttle flight launched. Here are eight pivotal moments from the space shuttle era.

New 'mirror' fabric can cool wearers by nearly 5°C - Science Magazine
Synthetic material emits infrared radiation, cooling the body

Ten years on, Northrop Grumman reflects on changes to Solid Rocket Motors from Shuttle to SLS era - -
Ten years ago, on 8 July 2011, two, four-segment Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) came to…

For The First Time, Scientists Have Connected a Superconductor to a Semiconductor - ScienceAlert
Scientists have succeeded in combining two exciting material types together for the very first time: an ultrathin semiconductor just a single atom thick; and a superconductor, capable of conducting electricity with zero resistance.

Sea otters should die in freezing water — new discovery reveals why they don’t - Inverse
Researchers discover sea otters are able to withstand very cold water because of unique skeletal muscle. This finding was published in the journal "Science."

A New Kind of Ice That Bends Like a Noodle Without Breaking - The New York Times
Perfect crystals of ice microfiber showed the flexibility of a material we usually assume to be rather brittle.

What a 51,000-year-old carved bone tells us about Neanderthals - CNET
These ancient humans were artistic? Scientists keep finding ways to challenge Neanderthal stereotypes.

Repurposed communications satellites could help save humanity from an asteroid impact -
What do you do if you discover a big rock on a collision course with Earth and have very little time to take action?

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