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Smoke Alarms Sound On The International Space Station - NPR
Alarms sounded on the Russian segment of the Space Station early Thursday. The crew reportedly activated air filters and returned to their "night rest" once the air quality was back to normal.

Literal bird brains can accept climate change faster than Republicans - The A.V. Club
A new study shows that multiple animal species are already evolving to adapt to warmer temperatures

NASA’s $10 Billion New Observatory: James Webb Space Telescope Gets a Launch Date - SciTechDaily
NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit on December 18, 2021, to serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade. The agency set the new target launch date in coordination with Arianespace after Webb recently and success…

A recent reversal in the response of western Greenland's ice caps to climate change -
Greenland may be best known for its enormous continental scale ice sheet that soars up to 3,000 meters above sea level, whose rapid melting is a leading contributor to global sea level rise. But surrounding this massive ice sheet, which covers 79% of the worl…

The private Inspiration4 astronauts set to ride a SpaceX rocket arrive in Florida for Sept. 14 launch -
The four astronauts finished their training at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles.

Milkweed Butterflies Are More Murderous Than They Look - The New York Times
This behavior by the fluttering insects was so unusual that scientists had to invent a new word to describe it.

Scientists discovered a 26-foot-long dinosaur with shark-like teeth that ruled the food chain before the T. rex - Yahoo! Voices
The Ulughbegsaurus uzbekistanensis would have been the biggest carnivorous predator in the ecosystem at the time, scientists said.

Scientists Discover Oldest Cavities Ever in Mammals - Gizmodo
Dental cavities were surprisingly common among early primates living 54 million years ago.

What the world's most accurate clock can tell us about Earth and the cosmos -
It would take 15 billion years for the clock that occupies Jun Ye's basement lab at the University of Colorado to lose a second—about how long the universe has existed.

'Dog bone' asteroid spied by astronomers in new photos - CNN
Astronomers have captured the most detailed observations yet of the asteroid Kleopatra -- an asteroid with two moons that just happens to look a lot like a dog bone.

Sci-Hub, the "pirate bay of science," undergoes expansion - Boing Boing
Sci-Hub provides free access to millions of papers and books. Its disregard for copyright makes it the target of legal threats, but its mission of providing open access to publicly-funded studies h…

How do cats get their stripes? -
A new study of domestic cats has revealed which genes give felines their distinctive fur patterns and hints that the same genetics may grant wild cats, such as tigers and cheetahs, their characteristic coats.

Astronomer responsible for demoting Pluto narrows search for hypothetical 'Planet Nine' - Fox News
In the continued search for the speculated ninth planet in our Solar System, Michael Brown, the CalTech astronomer who led the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet in 2006, has co-written a new study that claims to have narrowed the region the planet could be …

New Giant Cambrian Era Creature Dwarfed Nearly Everything Else In The Sea - IFLScience
The Cambrian Era, when animal life exploded into stunning diversity 541-485 million years ago, has surprised biologists once again. The latest discovery is

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