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Ridgecrest earthquakes show how small faults can trigger big quakes - Los Angeles Times
Unprecedented visualizations have allowed scientists to dig deeper into the details of major earthquakes.

Japan's Space Probe Is Returning to Earth With an Actual Piece of Asteroid - ScienceAlert
Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe will leave its orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System.

NASA renames Kuiper Belt object following controversy - Engadget
The distant Solar System object is called 'Arrokoth' from now on.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft just fired up its escape engines - The Verge
Today, SpaceX fired up the engines on its new passenger spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, during a ground test in Cape Canaveral, Florida — paving the way for the company to perform a crucial test flight of the vehicle in the months ahead. If that test flight goes…

NASA's Curiosity rover makes a baffling oxygen discovery on Mars - CNET
Seasonal variations in Martian oxygen levels are puzzling NASA's planetary scientists.

Earth was on the other side of the galaxy when dinosaurs reigned - CNN
Apart from the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, there aren't many connections between space and dinosaurs outside of the imagination. But that all changed when NASA research scientist Jessie Christiansen brought the two together in …

Mysteries behind interstellar buckyballs finally answered -
Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called "buckyballs"—complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure—throughout interstellar space. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their…

Chandrayaan-3: Second bid to land on Moon by November 2020 - Times of India
India News: Isro has formed multiple committees — an overall panel and three sub-committees — and held at least four high-level meetings since October. The new mi

UFOs over Central Texas identified -
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Tuesday night, several viewers wrote into KXAN after spotting a string of mysterious lights moving in a straight line across the sky. Unfortunately, these were not visitors fro…

‘Runaway’ star spotted blasting across our galaxy at 3.7 million miles per hour - Yahoo News
A runaway star has been spotted blasting across our galaxy at 3.7 million miles per hour

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that experts used hundre…

Experts unlock key to photosynthesis, a find that could help us meet food security demands -
Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis being 'redesigned' to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs.

Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan -
By using ancient protein sequencing, researchers have retrieved genetic information from a 1.9 million year old extinct, giant primate that used to live in a subtropical area in southern China. The genetic information allows the researchers to uncover the evo…

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