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How to watch the Lyrid meteor shower -
The Lyrids will light up the skies starting this weekend.

The bioethics of the first human-monkey hybrid embryo - Salon
The creation of a human–long-tailed macaque hybrid embryo roiled the internet. We asked experts what this means

NASA Statement on Nomination for Agency Deputy Administrator - NASA
The following is a statement from Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Joe Biden of former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to serve as the agency’s deputy administrator:

How many Tyrannosaurus rex walked the Earth? - The Conversation US
Using the incredible wealth of fossil data and a modern ecological theory, researchers estimated population density for the extinct apex predator.

NASA selects SpaceX and Starship to send Artemis astronauts to the moon - CNET
Elon Musk's rocket company was the only one selected to provide the spacecraft that'll take the next humans to the lunar surface.

New Video Puts Iconic Image of Black Hole in a Cosmic Context - Gizmodo
Two years ago, astronomers acquired the first direct image of a black hole. A coordinated observation campaign of this object is now adding to our understanding of this black hole and its tumultuous surroundings.

Hypnotic New NASA Visualization Probes the Light-Bending Dance of Binary Black Holes - SciTechDaily
A pair of orbiting black holes millions of times the Sun’s mass perform a hypnotic pas de deux in a new NASA visualization. The movie traces how the black holes distort and redirect light emanating from the maelstrom of hot gas – called an accretion disk – th…

When Is the Pink Moon? What Time April 2021's Super Full Moon Will Occur and Its Meaning - Newsweek
For the best view, head to an open area on April 26 and watch our satellite as it rises just above the horizon.

A new super-Earth detected orbiting a red dwarf star -
In recent years there has been an exhaustive study of red dwarf stars to find exoplanets in orbit around them. These stars have effective surface temperatures between 2400 and 3700 K (over 2000 degrees cooler than the Sun), and masses between 0.08 and 0.45 so…

To become queen, these ants shrink their brains and balloon their ovaries (then, they reverse it) -
The researchers say that brain plasticity like this may not just be a trick of the ants. Other animals could do it too, and we may only just be noticing.

RACCOONS could successfully invade UK and wreak ecological havoc, German study predicts - Daily Mail
The North American raccoon and the raccoon dog from Asia will likely continue to spread across Europe in the near future, scientists say.

Astronauts who die on Mars missions could be buried there or EATEN by crew members, say experts - Daily Mail
NASA doesn't have protocols for dead bodies in space, but fallen astronauts could be released into the final frontier, buried in a Martian graveyard or eaten by surviving crew members.

Thermoelectric material discovery sets stage for new forms of electric power in the future - Tech Xplore
Thermoelectrics directly convert heat into electricity and power a wide array of items—from NASA's Perseverance rover currently exploring Mars to travel coolers that chill beverages.

New Horizons Captures Goosebump-Inducing Image as It Approaches Milestone Distance From the Sun - Gizmodo
NASA celebrated the achievement by pointing New Horizons’s camera at the spot in space where Voyager 1 is currently located.

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