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Why Noah's ark won't work -
A Noah's Ark strategy will fail. In the roughest sense, that's the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study that illuminates which marine species may have the ability to survive in a world where temperatures are rising and oceans are becoming acidic.

Jupiter makes a close approach to Earth - WBNG-TV
The red giant planet will be easily visible this week as it approaches earth.

What's Causing the Huge Mass Anomaly Beneath the Moon? - Gizmodo
The far side of the Moon contains an enormous and very weird structure at its South Pole. And scientists think they might know the source of this anomaly.

NASA's Psyche Mission Has a Metal World in Its Sights - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Psyche mission, an exploration an asteroid made of metal, begins its final design and fabrication phase.

Astronomers Think They’ve Finally Found the Lost Lunar Module From Apollo 10 - Gizmodo
A discarded Apollo 10 lunar module known as “Snoopy” has been drifting in space for the past 50 years, its location a complete mystery. Now, after a meticulous eight-year search, a team of astronomers suspect they’ve finally found it.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB set for Wednesday - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
The SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to happen from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning, according to the 30th Space Wing Facebook page.

Engineers design nanostructured diamond metalens for compact quantum technologies -
At the chemical level, diamonds are no more than carbon atoms aligned in a precise, three-dimensional (3-D) crystal lattice. However, even a seemingly flawless diamond contains defects: spots in that lattice where a carbon atom is missing or has been replaced…

Earth DANGER: Superflares from the Sun threaten to CRIPPLE Earth in the next 100 years -
SUPERFLARES of destructive energy lashing out from the Sun threaten to obliterate the Earth in the next “100 years or so”, astronomers have shockingly announced.

A private spaceflight economy could leave NASA's astronauts behind - Axios
If commercial flights become the mainstream, funding and political support for NASA could dissipate.

Maybe we are alone after all: Planets that could sustain alien life much rarer than thought - USA TODAY
So, maybe we are alone after all. The number of planets in the universe that could sustain life is much smaller than had been thought, scientists said.

Area Off Scotland the Site of Largest Meteorite to Hit British Isles 1.2 Million Years Ago - The Weather Channel
Scientist have pinpointed the site of the British Isle's largest ever meteorite impact off the coast of Scotland.

Starshade Would Take Formation Flying to Extremes - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.

Beewolves use a gas to preserve food -
Scientists from the Universities of Regensburg and Mainz and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology discovered that the eggs of the European beewolf produce nitric oxide. The gas prevents the larvae's food from getting moldy in the warm and humid brood…

Tube anemone has the largest animal mitochondrial genome ever sequenced -
The tube anemone Isarachnanthus nocturnus is only 15 cm long but has the largest mitochondrial genome of any animal sequenced to date, with 80,923 base pairs. The human mitochondrial genome (mitogenome), for example, comprises 16,569 base pairs.

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