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Asteroid warning: Space rock comparable to dinosaur killer is heading Earth’s way -
A MASSIVE asteroid comparable to the massive space rock which brought the dinosaurs’ reign on Earth to an end is hurtling towards Earth, and scientists have confirmed it is “potentially hazardous”.

Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse - TechCrunch
As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealt…

U.S. Rep. Babin upset Texas loses out on lunar lander program - KFDM-TV News
From U. S. Rep. Brian Babin - Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement in response to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s announcement today awarding the lunar lander program management to Marshall Space Flight Center. “I am…

A Massive Star Completely Destroyed by a Supernova is Puzzling Scientists - D-brief - Discover Magazine
The star, some 200 times the mass of the sun, exploded in a supernova that left nothing behind, and challenges theories about how such massive stars die.

Scientists may have spotted a black hole and a neutron star colliding - Science Magazine
Strong signal from gravitational wave detectors hints at long-sought exotic source

Trove of 'super-deep' diamonds from Earth's core discovered - Fox News
Scientists have found a trove of "super-deep" diamonds from hundreds of miles below the Earth’s surface.

Failed Israeli lunar lander Beresheet had a secret biological payload - TechSpot
Back in February, Israeli space startup SpaceIL launched a lunar lander, called Beresheet, on a SpaceX rocket. It would be the nation’s first attempt at landing a vessel on the moon. However, in April, the craft crashed while trying to…

Ancient cave bears were pushed to extinction by humans, not climate - BGR
Cave bears no longer exist. They went extinct tens of thousands of years ago, and all we have left of the massive ancient creatures are fossils. Figuring exactly why they disappeared has proven to …

Researchers build a heat shield just 10 atoms thick to protect electronic devices -
Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices can be annoying, but beyond that it contributes to malfunctions and, in extreme cases, can even cause lithium batteries to explode.

A former NASA intern says she shut down a dating app match after he asked whether she was a receptionist - CNN
Navigating the perilous terrain of online dating takes guts. Sharply shutting down a match who belittles your profession takes skill.

Proposed asteroid landing sites now down to four nominees - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
It has been quite a week for science, so let’s get started.

Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASA’s VAB as first commercial tenant - TechCrunch
NASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as it’s more commonly known, is a cavernous buildi…

Toothless Druid Woman's Face Comes Alive in Wax, Wrinkles and All -
"Hilda" made it to her 60s at a time when most women lived only to their early 30s.

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