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Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. Antarctica Could Be The Time Bomb - ScienceAlert
Some 115,000 years ago, Homo sapiens were still living in bands of hunter gatherers, largely confined to Africa. We still shared the globe with the Neanderthals, although it's not clear we had met them yet.

Remember Mars One? Yeah, So, It's Gone Bankrupt - ScienceAlert
Remember Mars One, the startup that said it was going to fund a crewed mission to Mars by turning the journey into a reality television spectacle? Now the company is bankrupt, according to financial documents published online.

Insects are dying off at record rates — an ominous sign we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction - Business Insider
Forty-one percent of the world's insects are in decline as part of the sixth mass extinction. If the decline continues, Earth could be devoid of insects in 100 years.

Stonehenge mystery solved? Prehistoric French may have inspired it and other European megaliths - USA TODAY
A new study suggests that an ancient culture in what's now the Brittany region of northwest France may have begun building the megaliths some 7,000 years ago.

Researchers Use AI to Discover Evidence of Unknown Human Ancestor In Our DNA - Motherboard
The research explains how a third ancient human ancestor bred with humans to produce the modern human genome.

NASA Discovers Second Crater Hidden Under Greenland's Ice - Motherboard
Within a matter of months, NASA has discovered the first subglacial craters known to science. They’re both huge and relatively young.

SpaceX's Raptor Engine Hits Power Level for Starship Launches, Elon Musk Says -
A test fire of SpaceX's newest engine reached the power level necessary for the company's next round of rocket designs, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago - ABS-CBN News
WASHINGTON - Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.

NASA Spies InSight Mars Lander from Space as It Hunts Marsquakes (Photos) -
NASA's InSight lander has been busy on Mars preparing to begin scientific observations, and the mission passed another milestone this weekend, when the spacecraft began preparing to deploy its final instrument.

No, You Won’t See an 'Apocalypse Asteroid' in the Sky on Valentine's Day -
Despite what you may have heard, the Valentine’s Day sky won't provide a glimpse of our impending doom. (Unless you're a star-crossed lover, of course.)

Scientists Remember the Mars Rover Opportunity as Hope Fades for Its Resurrection - Gizmodo
A brutal dust storm engulfed Mars last summer. The planet-wide tempest spared the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, but the older, solar-powered Opportunity rover shut down as the thick dust blocked light from the Sun. Opportunity has remained silent since Jun…

This is Kepler’s Final Image - Universe Today
Even in retirement, the Kepler space telescope is still allowing for discoveries, which include it's "last light" images and recordings.

What HAS Russia spotted in Earth's atmosphere? Scientists say satellite saw 'explosions of light' - Daily Mail
Scientists operating the Lomonosov satellite say what they’ve found may be a 'new physical phenomena.' The team says several 'explosions' of light were seen dozens of miles above Earth.

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