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US v other countries... did it mess up its reopening? - BBC News
By the time most Americans emerged from lockdown restrictions, a second surge was already under way.

Fresh Twist to Debate Over Universe’s Age From New View of the Oldest Light in the Universe - SciTechDaily
Atacama Cosmology Telescope findings suggest the universe is 13.8 billion years old. From a mountain high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers with the National Science Foundation’s Atacama Cosmology Telescope have taken a fresh look at the oldest light in …

NASA chief says he's “very confident” in a 2021 launch date for SLS, but... - Ars Technica
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is flaring up around several NASA centers.

NASA astronauts on historic SpaceX mission aiming for August 2 return - CNN
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the first-ever astronauts to travel into orbit aboard a commercially developed spacecraft, are aiming to return to Earth on August 2, the space agency announced Friday.

NASA's inspector general raises questions with cost management of Orion spacecraft -
The OIG found that Orion has continued to experience cost increases and schedule delays.

Terrifying photos show "ultra-black fish" camouflaged in the darkest parts of the ocean - CBS News
These "ultra-black" fish are among the darkest creatures ever found.

The mystery of a black hole's disappearing (and reappearing) meal may be solved -
The hungry black hole's feast may have been interrupted by a passing star.

28 'cocooned' black holes found hiding in plain sight -
This discovery could resolve several points of confusion in X-ray astronomy and black hole physics.

A brand new ‘sea cockroach’ has been discovered, and it’s the stuff of nightmares - BGR
A brand new species of giant isopod was discovered in a survey off the coast of Indonesia. There are now 20 species of these creatures that have been documented, but many more may remain undiscovered. This species can grow up to 20 inches in length, and resem…

Asteroid bigger than the London Eye is heading close to Earth - Mirror Online
Asteroid 2020ND is one and a half times larger than the London Eye and NASA has branded it a PHA - a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid, 'based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth'

5 planets, crescent moon to light up night sky this weekend - WPVI-TV
This planetary gathering won't happen with the moon again before June 2022.

Scientists achieve major breakthrough in preserving integrity of sound waves -
In a breakthrough for physics and engineering, researchers from the Photonics Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY (CUNY ASRC) and from Georgia Tech have presented the first demonstration of topological order based o…

Enhanced water repellent surfaces discovered in nature -
Through the investigation of insect surfaces, Penn State researchers have detailed a previously unidentified nanostructure that can be used to engineer stronger, more resilient water repellent coatings.

Chinese Mars mission rolls out to launch pad (photos, video) -
Tianwen-1 will launch in late July or early August.

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