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See the Perseids meteor shower peak tonight (August 12)! - Boing Boing
See the Perseids meteor shower peak tonight (August 12)!

Astronomers Uncover Dozens of Previously Unknown Ancient and Massive Galaxies - Universe Today
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Tokyo used ALMA to view 39 previously-undiscovered ancient galaxies.

Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy's Black Hole - Gizmodo
An attempt to prove Einstein’s hallmark theory of gravity revealed something even freakier: an unprecedented flash from the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Astronauts Test New Spacesuits for SpaceX's First Crewed Test Flight - Geek
Looks like white and gray are the new orange. NASA offered a glimpse of the sleek, new spacesuits astronauts will be wearing for SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station as part …

Propulsion test article demonstrates Orion abort stress case at White Sands -
NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and contractor personnel conducted an Abort To Orbit (ATO) test…

First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes -
Life on Earth arose about 4 billion years ago when the first cells formed within a primordial soup of complex, carbon-rich chemical compounds.

Northern tropical dry trend may just be normal variation -
Rainfall variations in the tropics not only potentially influence 40% of the world's population and the stability of the global ecosystem, but also the global hydrologic cycle and energy balance.

Dark matter shock: Scientists speculate mystery substance predates the Big Bang -
DARK MATTER is arguably the Universe’s most elusive substance, with scientists now speculating dark matter could actually pre-date the Big Bang itself.

ESA confirms second ExoMars parachute test failure - SpaceNews
ESA said Aug. 12 another test of the parachutes that will be used on the ExoMars 2020 lander mission failed last week, putting its schedule into jeopardy.

Cloaked Black Hole Found Hidden Behind Gas Cloud in Early Universe -
It's the most distant cloaked black hole discovered to date.

A new timeline of Earth's cataclysmic past - Science Daily
Recent research shows that our planet may have been pummeled with asteroids long before some scientists had previously thought.

Global Warming Is Changing the Winds Off Antarctica, Driving Ice Melt - InsideClimate News
A new study connects the dots between climate change and faster melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which has consequences for sea level rise.

Researchers grow Lokiarchaea in special tank over 12-year study -
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has succeeded in cultivating samples of Lokiarchaea in a special tank in their lab. They have published a paper describing their work on the bioRxiv preprint server as they await publication.

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