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Moon 'wobble,' climate change seen as driving coastal flooding in 2030s - Reuters
U.S. coastlines will face increasing flooding in the mid-2030s thanks to a regular lunar cycle that will magnify rising sea levels caused by climate change, according to research led by NASA scientists.

Just 7% of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows - Fox News
What makes humans unique? Scientists have taken another step toward solving an enduring mystery with a new tool that may allow for more precise comparisons between the DNA of modern humans and that of our extinct ancestors.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer - The Register
Hardware gremlins plagued orbiting observatory for over a month

NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Starliner Launch - NASA
NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch, launch, and docking activities for the agency’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station.

An Alabama lawmaker just wants NASA to fly SLS, doesn’t care about payloads - Ars Technica
"The mission for which is to be determined by the NASA Administrator."

Chinese spacecraft aces inaugural flight, aerospace agency says - Al Jazeera English
China’s main space contractor did not say how high the spacecraft flew or elaborate on its flight path.

Perseid meteor shower 2021 active now: How to watch the stunning show - CNET
"The best meteor shower of the year" is just getting warmed up as the Perseids build toward a mid-August peak.

Curiosity rover discovers that evidence of past life on Mars may have been erased -
The findings from the Curiosity rover could help the Perseverance rover decide which samples to collect for later analysis.

NASA celebrates New Horizons' historic Pluto flyby in 2015 with awesome new videos -
Features as small as 230 feet (70 meters) can be seen on the surface of Pluto.

Galactic fireworks: New ESO images reveal stunning features of nearby galaxies -
A team of astronomers has released new observations of nearby galaxies that resemble colorful cosmic fireworks. The images, obtained with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), show different components of the galaxies in distin…

10 wild theories about the universe -
Why is the universe the way it is? Scientists have explored many ways to explain the cosmos, leading to some crazy-sounding ideas.

How the Moon ‘Wobble’ Affects Rising Tides and Flooding - The New York Times
Scientists say it’s less like a wobble and more like a slow, predictable cycle. And while the phenomenon will contribute to rising tides caused by climate change, it is just one of many factors.

Astronauts are growing chile peppers in space in spicy first -
Space plants are entering a spicy realm as astronauts will soon get to sample chile peppers grown in orbit.

Juno tunes into radio noise triggered by Jupiter's volcanic moon Io -
The Juno Waves instrument "listened" to the radio emissions from Jupiter's immense magnetic field to find their precise locations.

Inheritance of Rank: Hyena Mothers Pass Their Social Networks to Their Cubs - SciTechDaily
Using 27 years of detailed data on hyena social interactions, a team led by Penn biologists nailed down a pattern of social network inheritance and its implications for social structure, rank, and survival. Hyenas are a highly social species, living in groups…

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