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New fossil seal species rewrites history -
The discovery, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, radically changes scientists' understanding of how seal species evolved around the world.

SpaceX, NASA, JAXA clear Crew-1 for launch; static fire delayed to Wednesday -
For the first time since 1982, NASA has certified a spaceship to operationally carry humans…

Alien-like photo shows snake eel dangling out of heron's stomach in midair -
It's possible the heron survived. The eel … likely not.

With coal dying, Arizona utility offers $169 million deal with Navajo - Ars Technica
As three coal plants and mines wind down, a plan for what comes next.

Scientists Have Discovered an Ancient Lakebed Beneath Greenland’s Ice - Gizmodo
Using radar and other ice-penetrating instruments, scientists have detected a “fossil lakebed” preserved beneath the Greenland ice sheet, in what is the first discovery of its kind.

Two meteor showers are bringing shooting stars and fireballs to the night sky this week - CBS News
Look up! November is one of the best times of the year to spot fireballs shooting across the night sky.

Researchers model source of eruption on Jupiter's moon Europa -
On Jupiter's icy moon Europa, powerful eruptions may spew into space, raising questions among hopeful astrobiologists on Earth: What would blast out from miles-high plumes? Could they contain signs of extraterrestrial life? And where in Europa would they orig…

Senate committee’s budget for lunar landers falls short of NASA request - The Verge
On November 10th, the Senate Appropriates Committee released its 12 funding bills for the federal government for next year, providing $1 billion to NASA to help fund the development of new lunar landers. It’s roughly $2.4 billion short of what NASA had reques…

A Dark Matter Detector Based on a Wind Chime Seems Just Weird Enough to Work - Gizmodo
Dark matter physicists may have one of the most frustrating jobs in science. Their work deals with something that must, by almost all models of the universe, exist. But we’ve never found any direct evidence for dark matter. Where other scientists can capture …

Student finds mystery pterosaur in Cambridgeshire fossils - BBC News
Roy Smith made his "exciting" discovery while trawling through wrongly-identified shark fossils.

Microbes Can Mine Valuable Elements From Rocks in Space - Gizmodo
The unexpected finding aboard the International Space Station shows how microbes could boost our ability to live and work in space.

Breakthrough in Stopping the Spread of COVID-19: Plasma Treatments Quickly Kill Coronavirus on Surfaces - SciTechDaily
Using cold atmospheric plasma promises a breakthrough in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Researchers from UCLA believe using plasma could promise a significant breakthrough in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. In Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing,…

Apollo 11: Only picture of Neil Armstrong on the moon up for auction - Fox News
The only photo of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong standing on the moon is slated to go up for auction, where it's expected to sell for big bucks.

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