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Nasa study predicts record flooding in 2030s due to Moon's 'wobble' - Hindustan Times
The 'wobble' in the Moon's orbit lasts 18.6 years, during which there is a tide-amplifying phase, which increases the devastating effect of the high tides. This cycle is expected to occur in mid-2030s, and coupled with the rising sea level, could lead to more…

Surface of Jupiter’s Moon Europa Churned by Small Impacts – May Currently Have Conditions Suitable for Life - SciTechDaily
Jupiter’s moon Europa and its global ocean may currently have conditions suitable for life. Scientists are studying processes on the icy surface as they prepare to explore. It’s easy to see the impact of space debris on our Moon, where the ancient, battered s…

Biosignature Spotted on Venus Could Be From Volcanoes, Not Life - Gizmodo
New laboratory data indicates that if the gas phosphine is on Venus, it could come from deep in the planet’s interior.

Move over, Mars: Why the moons of Jupiter and Saturn may be key to finding alien life - NBC News
Several scientific papers this year touch on the search for faint signs of life in our solar system — with a June paper on Jupiter's Enceladus offering one of the most intriguing prospects.

Mars . NASA's Mars Helicopter Reveals Intriguing Terrain for Rover Team - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

Did a Cuttlefish Write This? - The New York Times
Octopuses and squid are full of cephalopod character. But more scientists are making the case that cuttlefish hold the key to unlocking evolutionary secrets about intelligence.

NASA, Northrop Grumman designing new BOLE SRB for SLS Block 2 vehicle - -
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) program and booster element prime contractor Northrop Grumman are developing…

How to watch the Perseids — the best meteor shower of the year - Yahoo News
The best celestial event of the summer is fast approaching, so get your telescopes and cameras ready.

Two Stars Spiraling Towards Explosive Doom Detected in Our Cosmic Neighborhood - ScienceAlert
A binary star just 1,500 light-years away is spiraling towards a spectacular doom.

China’s Zhu Rong rover zooms in on Mars rocks - South China Morning Post
Device continues to send back snaps of the red planet two months after touchdown.

Venus’ Surface Tectonics is More Like Pack ice on Earth - Universe Today
Planets move in mysterious ways.  Or at least their surfaces do.  Earth famously has a system of tectonic plates that drives the movement of its crust.  Those plate tectonics are ultimately driven by the flow of material in the mantle – the layer directly bel…

Two-thirds of romantic couples start out as friends, study finds - Daily Mail
Out of a sample of just under 2,000 romantic couples, 68 per cent started out as just friends, report experts at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Asteroid impact could be deflected by 'hijacking' TV satellites - study - The Jerusalem Post
Asteroid impacts remain among the most devastating possible disasters, and scientists are working hard to find ways to avoid them.

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles - The Register
HALO to form the crew habitat module of the Gateway outpost

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