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NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months -
NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

Earth's 'Third Pole' Contains Less Ice Than We Thought - Gizmodo
The glaciers blanketing the high mountains of central Asia are smaller than we thought, according to a new analysis published Monday in Nature Geoscience. Given that they’re also facing a rapid meltdown, this is pretty bad for the hundreds of millions of peo…

Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We’ll be Colliding with Andromeda - Universe Today
A new study using data from Gaia Data Release 2 sheds new light on the future collision between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy.

Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help -
Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite.

Newly-Discovered Tarantula Species Has 'Horn' on Its Back | Biology -
A duo of researchers from South Africa has discovered a remarkable new species of tarantula living in central Angola.

NASA Spots Another Possible Impact Crater Buried Under Greenland Ice - Scientific American
The newfound crater candidate is thought to be unrelated to another that was discovered last year

Tiny new golden frog species discovered on remote Ethiopian mountain - Daily Mail
A new species of puddle frog has been found in a previously unexplored mountain in southwestern Ethiopiasing DNA sequencing of tissue samples from the frogs, a team at NYU Abu Dhabi confirmed that it was genetically different from any other frog species in th…

NASA to find aliens 'IN YEARS': Shock study reveals countdown to alien discovery -
NASA could discover alien life “within years”, after changing how they hunt for intelligent extraterrestrial life, top scientists have revealed.

Nano drops explode 19th century theory -
Droplets emanating from a molecular "nano-tap" would behave very differently from those from a household tap 1 million times larger—researchers at the University of Warwick have found. This is potentially crucial step for a number of emerging nano technologie…

Hyperbolic metamaterials enable nanoscale 'fingerprinting' -
Hyperbolic metamaterials are artificially made structures that can be formed by depositing alternating thin layers of a conductor such as silver or graphene onto a substrate. One of their special abilities is supporting the propagation of a very narrow light …

2.1 billion-year-old fossil reveals what could be Earth's first moving organism - New York Post
In a fossil which dates back 2.1 million years, scientists have discovered what could be the earliest signs of movement on Earth — and what possibly made those movements.

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