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‘It Could Happen Anytime’: Scientists Warn of Alaska Tsunami Threat - The New York Times
A retreating glacier is increasing the risk of a catastrophic landslide and tsunami within a few decades, researchers say.

NASA astronauts go on quarantine ahead of historic SpaceX launch - Teslarati
NASA astronauts Behnken and Hurley had just a few days of downtime, following the end of their extensive training for SpaceX Crew Dragon, before being placed on a mandatory launch-related quarantine this week. The pair have spent months training together in c…

Scientists genetically modified a mouse to be 4 percent human - BGR
Scientists injected human stem cells into mouse embryos and let them develop. One of the resulting embryos had 4% human cells after 17 days of additional maturity. Human cells were found in tissue that would become the heart, brain, and even eyes. Visit BGR’s…

First SLS launch now expected in late 2021 - SpaceNews
NASA now expects the first launch of the SLS to take place in late 2021, with the coronavirus pandemic at least partially contributing to the latest delays.

A Rare Earth-like Planet Has Been Discovered in Our Galaxy - Travel + Leisure
Scientists are calling it a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

Jupiter's tumultuous northern region seen in detailed NASA image - Fox News
NASA's Juno mission captured a stunning image of Jupiter's tumultuous northern regions during the spacecraft's approach to the planet earlier this year.

Africa's largest group of human fossil footprints discovered in Tanzania - USA TODAY
Thousands of years ago, a group of 17 people took a walk through the mud in eastern Africa. Amazingly, their footprints are still there today.

Researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth -
In a recently published study, researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology revealed the largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth. A team of volcanologists and ocean explorers used several lines of ev…

Spacewatch: US military spaceplane poised for liftoff - The Guardian
Boeing X-37B to study impact of radiation and other space effects on seeds and other materials

A lost world and extinct ecosystem - Phys.Org
Archaeological sites on the far southern shores of South Africa hold the world's richest records for the behavioral and cultural origins of our species. At this location, scientists have discovered the earliest evidence for symbolic behavior, complex pyrotech…

Genetic origins of hybrid dysfunction -
In a small pool nestled between two waterfalls in Hidalgo, Mexico, lives a population of hybrid fish—the result of many generations of interbreeding between highland and sheepshead swordtails. The lab of Molly Schumer, assistant professor of biology at Stanfo…

How Venus flytraps evolved their taste for meat - Science Magazine
Carnivorous plants repurposed existing genes to catch insects and digest protein

The sun has entered a 'lockdown' period, which could cause freezing weather, famine - New York Post
Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say. The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has …

Could lab-evolved algae help save some corals from bleaching? - Ars Technica
Idea shows some potential, but it’s no substitute for halting global warming.

Seeing the universe through new lenses -
Like crystal balls for the universe's deeper mysteries, galaxies and other massive space objects can serve as lenses to more distant objects and phenomena along the same path, bending light in revelatory ways.

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