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Mammals Carry a Graveyard of Viruses in Our DNA, And It Could Have a Crucial Purpose - ScienceAlert
Huge swaths of our DNA library are made up of non-coding genes that were long regarded as "junk DNA". Recent findings, however, have shown these bits of DNA actually have many purposes in mammals.

SpaceX wins contract to launch weather satellite after ULA withdraws - SpaceNews
NASA has selected SpaceX to launch the last in a series of geostationary weather satellites that had previously been launched by United Launch Alliance.

What 9/11 Was Like For The Only American That Watched It From Space - The Drive
The only American in space on 9/11 had no idea the towers were hit until he made a call to NASA. He soon saw ground zero for himself from orbit.

Wildfire threatens a SETI telescope in California - EarthSky
Wildfire threatens a SETI telescope. The Allen Telescope Array in California was built specifically for SETI. Scientists and engineers evacuated.

Smoke sets off alarms on the International Space Station -
It's not the first cause for alarm, and it likely will not be the last.

Milkweed butterflies tear open caterpillars and drink them alive -
This is the first time scientists have documented the grisly behavior.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History – Reveal “Potentially Habitable Sustained Environment” - SciTechDaily
The rocks it has analyzed for sample collection are helping the team better understand a past marked by volcanic activity and water. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new i…

Prehistoric winged lizard unearthed in Chile -
Chilean scientists have announced the discovery of the first-ever southern hemisphere remains of a type of Jurassic-era "winged lizard" known as a pterosaur.

Image: Hubble captures a sparkling cluster -
This star-studded image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope depicts NGC 6717, which lies more than 20,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. NGC 6717 is a globular cluster, a roughly spherical collection of stars tightly bound toget…

Spectacular Ice Age Landscapes Beneath the North Sea Revealed by 3D Seismic “MRI” Scans - SciTechDaily
Spectacular ice age landscapes beneath the North Sea have been discovered using 3D seismic reflection technology. Similar to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) the images reveal in unprecedented detail huge seafloor channels – each one 10 times wider than the R…

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for GOES-U Mission - NASA
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) mission.

Scientists discover new prehistoric predator, a massive 'swimming head' - CNET
The ancient sea monster may have been the aquatic T-rex of its day.

Researchers Identify Dinosaur Species 5 Times Larger Than the T-Rex: 'This Is Very Exciting' - Yahoo Entertainment
University of Calgary scientists discovered an apex predator that "probably kept the tyrannosaurus down" 90 million years ago

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