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NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Set For Friday - NPR
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will replace a faulty power regulator on the International Space Station. Only 15 women have participated in spacewalks, and all were accompanied by men.

World's fastest ant hits recording breaking speed of 855mm/s -
According to Noël Coward, mad dogs and Englishmen are the only creatures that go out in the midday sun, but Harald Wolf from the University of Ulm, Germany, would add another animal: Saharan silver ants (Cataglyphis bombycina). Venturing from their nests to s…

Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed - TechCrunch
The solar system has another interstellar visitor, but there's no question of this one being an alien spacecraft. It's a true comet and the first we've ever confirmed comes from interstellar space, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured some amazing imagery …

Ancient Assyrian Tablets Seem to Contain References to a Massive Solar Storm - Gizmodo
Scientists report that they may have found the earliest written record of a solar storm in ancient Assyrian tablets.

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once) - WIRED
Seven months after a debacle in which the agency ran short on space suits for women, NASA is showing off a new, more flexible design.

'Stormquakes': Hurricanes and earthquakes can create hybrid natural disaster, study finds -
Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters— hurricanes and earthquakes— and they're calling them "stormquakes."

Launch Abort System (LAS) Jettison Motor Hot Fire Test - NASA Johnson
A motor built by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Launch Abort System (LAS) on NASA’s Orion spacecraft was successfully tested by engineers at the Redstone Test Ce...

A secret in saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes -
Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

Amazon fish wears nature's 'bullet-proof vest' to thwart piranhas - Reuters
One of the world's largest freshwater fish is protected by the natural equivalent of a "bullet-proof vest," helping it thrive in the dangerous waters of the Amazon River basin with flexible armor-like scales able to withstand ferocious piranha attacks.

Dinosaur Fossils Lego set lets you unearth your inner paleontologist - CNET
This one's for dino and science loving kids (and kids at heart).

Early humans travelled to Greek islands tens of thousands of years earlier than believed - Daily Mail
Archaeologists led fromCanada's McMaster University have been working on Naxos since 2013, excavating up stone tools in a quarry called Stelida on the northwest coast of the island.

NASA denies finding life on Mars, countering scientist’s claims - BGR
It’s been one heck of an exciting week for anyone who dreams of one day hearing about extraterrestrial life. In a recent op-ed, former NASA scientist Gilbert Levin claims that not only has th…

NASA Engineer Has A Great Idea for a High-Speed Spacedrive. Too Bad it Violates the Laws of Physics - Universe Today
When a NASA engineer announces a new and revolutionary engine that could take us to the stars, it’s easy to get excited. But the demons are in the details, and when you look at the actual article things look far less promising. To begin with, the article is a…

Study reveals how age affects perception of white LED light -
Although LEDs are increasingly used in low-energy lighting and displays, consumers sometimes find their light harsh or unpleasant. Findings from a new study point to the need to take age-related perception differences into account when designing white LED lig…

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