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All Living Snakes Evolved From a Few Survivors of Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs - SciTechDaily
Research from the Milner Center for Evolution suggests modern snakes evolved from a handful of ancestors that survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the gian…

Neptune joins Jupiter and Saturn in the sky Tuesday night - WYFF4 Greenville
Be sure to look in the eastern sky after 9 p.m. for the best viewing.

Ancient spider caring for her offspring is trapped in 99 million-year-old amber - CNN
Dripping tree resin trapped adult female spiders and baby spiderlings about 99 million years ago, forever showcasing the maternal care exhibited by these arthropods, according to new research.

SpaceX Inspiration4 mission will send 4 people with minimal training into orbit — and bring space tourism closer to reality -
Organized and funded by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the Inspiration4 mission touts itself as “the first all-civilian mission to orbit” and represents a new type of space tourism.

NASA astronaut gets extended stay in space for record-breaking 353-day mission -
American astronaut Mark Vande Hei will spend nearly a year in space.

Scientists Set Sights On Wooly Mammoth Revival - HotNewHipHop
Long extinct, the Wooly Mammoth no longer roams the Earth -- but for how much longer will that hold true?

A New Company Wants To Resurrect The Woolly Mammoth Using DNA Splicing - NPR
A company formed by Harvard genetics professor George Church, known for pioneering work in genome sequencing and gene splicing, hopes to genetically resurrect woolly mammoths.

This first look at Disney Plus’ Among The Stars marks an astronaut’s final mission - The A.V. Club
NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy prepares for his final mission to space in docuseries premiering October 6

Hard single-molecule magnets: Tetranuclear rare earth metal complexes with giant spin -
Magnets formed from a single molecule are of particular interest in data storage, since the ability to store a bit on every molecule could vastly increase the storage capacity of computers. Researchers have now developed a new molecular system with a particul…

This Fossilized Skin Sample of an Iconic Dinosaur Has Revealed Jaw-Dropping Details - ScienceAlert
The outer parts of long-dead creatures don't easily make it into the fossil record. That's why this incredibly well-preserved skin of an iconic carnivorous dinosaur is such a treat – a new analysis reveals a complex coat of scales, studs, thorns, b

How 'Spider-Man' and 'Pac-Man' immune cells team up to fight invasive bacteria -
In the ultimate superhero crossover, Spider-Man-like immune cells sling webs to capture invasive bacteria and restrain those supervillains until Pac-Man-like cells come to gobble them up, a new study shows.

Here's how you can experience zero gravity without going to space - CNN
Everyone from the Inspiration4 crew to Richard Branson has taken a trip on a Zero-G plane to prep for weightlessness in space. Come along with CNN's Rachel Crane to see what it's like.

Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter - The Register
In terms of building materials, Mars has nothing to offer but blood, soil, sweat and tears. And urine. Lots of urine

SpaceX rocket launch kicks off era of Starlink space lasers - CNET
The upgrade signals a new phase for the satellite broadband network.

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