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SpaceX Finally Landed Their Falcon Heavy Booster on a Ship, Only For It to Topple Over - ScienceAlert
The road to reusable space rockets was always going to be a bumpy one, such are the technical challenges involved. SpaceX has been making excellent progress, but just had its latest bump – having its central Falcon Heavy booster fall over in choppy

Who's afraid of who? Great white sharks fear killer whales, study shows - USA TODAY
Scientists found great white sharks not only fled from orcas when the top predator arrived at a marine sanctuary, but cleared out of the hunting area.

Scientist who helped image black hole has her credibility questioned by sexist internet mob - Salon
How the first image of a black hole turned into a lesson on sexism in STEM

Wormholes NOT shortcuts: Study says using the portals would take longer than other routes - Daily Mail
Wormholes, famously theorized and depicted throughout history as being shortcuts between time and space, may indeed exist.

Nearby exoplanet may have the potential to support life - BGR
Finding planets outside of our solar system is a challenge, and determining the size, composition, and surface conditions of such planets is more difficult still. Figuring out whether life could ex…

NASA's space-station mice loved microgravity - Quartz
At first, NASA's rodent astronauts were a little wobbly. They eventually adapted and made microgravity their friend, with runs for fun.

SDSU astronomers help discover third Kepler-47 planet - 10News
San Diego State University astronomers played a role in the recent discovery of a third planet within the Kepler-47 planetary system.

Phantom ponds and deep lakes found on Saturn's Moon Titan - Astronomy Magazine
Before NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn’s depths, it performed a final 2017 flyby of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. According to new research, during the spacecraft's final tour, Cassini

MIT mission discovers an Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearby star - The Boston Globe
Scientists looked for the shadows of planets in front of stars and discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star 52 light-years away, MIT said.

SpaceIL to create and launch second Beresheet spacecraft - The Jerusalem Post
The first Beresheet spacecraft was largely successful, despite not having landed on the moon. Beresheet 2.0 is expected to complete the task.

Baby T rex goes on sale on eBay, sparking paleontologists' outcry - The Guardian
It could be yours for just $2.95m but the sale has drawn criticism from the scientific community

Apollo 16 - National Review
Images of NASA’s fifth manned moon landing in 1972.

New phonon laser could lead to breakthroughs in sensing and information processing -
The optical laser has grown to a $10 billion global technology market since it was invented in 1960, and has led to Nobel prizes for Art Ashkin for developing optical tweezing and Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland for work with pulsed lasers. Now a Rochester…

Don't miss the stunning 'Pink Moon' this Friday - SFGate
So you missed the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" back in January. And the supermoon in March. There won't be another total lunar eclipse until May 2021, but don't give up just yet: Friday, you can catch a Pink Moon.

What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change - Science Daily
On March 17, 2002, the satellite duo GRACE was launched to map the Earth's gravity field more precisely than ever before. The measurements make it possible to monitor the terrestrial water cycle, the mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers or changes in sea l…

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