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Sierra Nevada Corp. selects ULA Vulcan for Dream Chaser missions - SpaceNews
Sierra Nevada Corp. announced Aug. 14 that it will use ULA’s Vulcan launch vehicle for sending Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft to the space station.

Neutron Star Suffers a "Glitch", Gives Astronomers a Glimpse Into How They Work - Universe Today
Neutron stars spin pretty reliably. But every once in a while, there's a "glitch," and that gives astronomers the opening they need.

New research shows that Antarctica's largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean - The Conversation AU
New research shows that ocean and air temperatures both contributed to the melting of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in the past, but melting from below by a warming ocean became more important over time.

Scientists say this massive asteroid definitely won’t destroy Earth… yet - BGR
If the thought of an asteroid careening toward Earth keeps you up at night you can breathe a little easier today, as scientists have now ruled out a potential impact from the space rock known as 20…

Greenland's ice is melting at the rate scientists thought would be our worst-case scenario in 2070 - Business Insider
Summer heat waves have caused Greenland's ice to melt at rates scientists didn't expect to see for another 50 years.

Neanderthals commonly suffered from 'swimmer's ear' - EurekAlert
Abnormal bony growths in the ear canal were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according to a study published Aug. 14, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Erik Trinkaus of Washington University and colleagues.

AI used to test evolution's oldest mathematical model -
Researchers have used artificial intelligence to make new discoveries, and confirm old ones, about one of nature's best-known mimics, opening up whole new directions of research in evolutionary biology.

New Timeline for 'Giant Planet Migration' May Rewrite History of Our Solar System -
These findings could help to tell us when life on Earth began.

India Launched A Moon Orbiter, Lander, And Rover All In One Shot With Chandrayaan-2 - Hackaday
On July 22nd, India launched an ambitious mission to simultaneously deliver an orbiter, lander, and rover to the Moon. Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on a domestically-built GSLV Mk I…

Eight mysterious repeating radio signals detected from outside our galaxy - Yahoo News
Astronomers could be close to unraveling one of the greatest mysteries of space

A brief astronomical history of Saturn’s amazing rings - Raw Story
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of taking a telescope with them, and if, having done so, observe Saturn and its rings. W…

The World's Oldest People Might Not Be As Old As We Think -
Poor record-keeping and fraud may be inflating the numbers.

Space dust from ancient supernova found hiding in Antarctica - NBC News
Cosmic dust found in Antarctic snow was likely birthed in a supernova millions of years ago. The dust's interstellar journey brought the material to Earth.

Revolutionising the CRISPR method -
Everyone's talking about CRISPR-Cas. This biotechnological method offers a relatively quick and easy way to manipulate single genes in cells, meaning they can be precisely deleted, replaced or modified. Furthermore, in recent years, researchers have also been…

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