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Russian Satellite Registers Unknown Physical Phenomena in Earth's Atmosphere - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An ultraviolet telescope installed on the Russian satellite Lomonosov has registered light "explosions" in the planet's atmosphere, whose physical nature has not been explained so far, the director of the Research Institute of Nuclear Physi…

'Catastrophic collapse': Plunging insect numbers threaten 'survival of mankind' - Newshub
Based on current trends, insects could be extinct within a century.

These Crows Are So Smart, They Plan 3 Steps Ahead When Using Tools - ScienceAlert
My ideas about animal behaviour were turned upside down in 2002 when I watched Betty, a New Caledonian crow, fashion a hook from a piece of wire and use it to pull a small container with meat from a tube.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Wants to Send Astronauts Back to the Moon and Beyond - Newser
NASA administrator sees the moon as a base for further missions

Bringing the wonder of old-school survey maps into three dimensions - Engadget
An artist transformed those amazing US Geological Survey maps into 3D.

Report: DHS Wants to Build Trump's Dumb Border Wall Right Through SpaceX's Texas Launch Facility - Gizmodo
The 50-acre Boca Chica, Texas facility where Elon Musk’s SpaceX is testing the prototype version of its Starship rocket—recently in the news for tipping over in high wind—could be split in twain by Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, Bloomberg…

InSight places a heat shield over its seismometer, is very proud of itself - Digital Trends
NASA's InSight lander carefully placed its seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), on the Martian surface at the end of last year. Now the lander has successfully lowered a shield over the seismometer to protect it from the h…

SpaceX launch: Where is Starman now ONE year AFTER liftoff - when is next launch? -
STARMAN has been orbiting through space for one year now, after Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully sent a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the Sun. So where is he now?

Curiosity says goodbye to the Vera Rubin Ridge with a 360 video - Digital Trends
The Curiosity rover has been exploring the Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars for more than a year now, and it is time for the explorer to move on to new areas of the planet. But before it departs, Curiosity has captured a 360 video of its final drill site -- an area t…

Scientists discover new type of magnet with potential to improve data storage tech - SlashGear
A team of physicists from New York University have discovered a brand-new type of magnet that differs from any other known to exist. Called a “singlet-based magnet,” it was found within…

A tale of 2 colliding exoplanets | Space - EarthSky
Astronomers have new evidence for a collision between 2 nearly Earth-sized planets in the distant solar system Kepler-107.

Bubbles of brand new stars | Space - EarthSky
This dazzling region of newly-forming stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud was captured by ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

"We've Never Seen Something Like This Orbiting The Sun": Ultima Thule Is Still Weird - ScienceAlert
The most distant object our species has ever visited, a space rock called 2014 MU69, is less snowman-shaped than scientists previously thought.

Scientists found the 'missing link' in the theory on how planets are formed - Business Insider
Astronomers have spent years trying to prove a theory on how planets are formed from small asteroid-like objects called Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects.

Hubble Shows Just How Stormy Uranus Gets in The Summer - Interesting Engineering
New images from the Hubble Space Telescope demonstrate just how volatile Uranus can get in the summertime, while also showing a storm nearly the diameter of Earth whipping around Neptune's northern hemisphere in winter.

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