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SpaceX and Cape Canaveral Return to Action with First Operational Starlink Mission -
After a little under three months without a mission from Florida’s launch pads, SpaceX is…

Mercury to cross in front of sun on Monday for last time until 2032 -
While you won't be able see it without protective glasses and heavy-duty telescope equipment, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the show.

Watch a herd of MIT's Mini Cheetah robots frolic in the fall leaves - Engadget
Backflips, soccer and creepy dances are part of the fun.

NASA’s Voyager 2 Discovers New Details About Interstellar Space - VOA Learning English
About one year ago, the U.S. space agency NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft left our solar system and entered interstellar space. Now, a series of reports describe the space explorer’s main scientific findings.

Scientists look to the skies to estimate how fast the universe is expanding - Digital Trends
The Hubble Constant is one of the most important concepts in astronomy. It describes how fast the universe is expanding, which has implications for the age and future development of the universe. Now, a new paper describes a novel technique using gamma rays t…

Panoramic image of the southern sky shows our galaxy and others beyond - Digital Trends
A satellite has captured a stunning image of the vast sea of stars in the southern sky. The data was collected by NASA's planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, in its first year of operations. It shows not only the Milky Way but also the Or…

Scientists looked at sea levels 125,000 years ago. The results were terrifying -
Ice melt in the last interglacial period caused global seas to rise about 10 metres above present levels.

NASA to send Israeli solar-power generator to International Space Station - The Jerusalem Post
One small step for space agencies, one giant leap for private commercial space missions.

Why Are People Left- (or Right-) Handed? -
Lefties been a constant minority throughout human history.

Arctic Researchers Study Ripple Effects Of Shrinking Sea Ice - NPR
Scientists have frozen their ship to an ice floe to study the causes and consequences of diminishing Arctic ice, in the hopes of improving how the Arctic is represented in climate models.

New photonic liquid crystals could lead to next-gen displays and advanced photonic applications - Nanowerk
A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays , for example 3-D, augmented and virtual reality and advanced photonic applications such as mirro…

Asteroid Bigger Than the Eiffel Tower Approaching Earth at 20 Times the Speed of Sound - Sputnik International
The object, which was discovered in 2006, intersects Earth’s orbit twice a year and is described as “potentially hazardous” due to its proximity to our planet during its fly-bys.

NASA’s charge-dissipating paint provides a potential solution to a dusty problem - Digital Trends
The fine dust which covers the moon's surface causes a range of technical problems from gumming up electronics to sticking to absolutely everything. It's even potentially harmful to the health of astronauts. Now, NASA has come up with a solution which could h…

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