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Watch SpaceX's Crew Dragon in-flight abort test at 8 AM ET on Saturday - Engadget
SpaceX's Crew Dragon will face a dramatic 'in-flight abort' test that's scheduled to take place Saturday morning. You can watch it right here at 8 AM ET.
https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/17/spac...


'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds - Yahoo News
An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Veloc...
https://news.yahoo.com/dancing-dragon-sh...


436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers - Gizmodo
A newly described scorpion dating back to the early Silurian period is answering important questions about the first arachnids and the adaptations that enabled some of the earliest animals on Earth to migrate from aquatic to terrestrial habitats.
https://gizmodo.com/436-million-year-old...


Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA - CNN
Astronauts on the moon or Mars may be growing their homes, rather than building them, according to NASA.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/17/world/nas...


Scientists Say They've Found a Way to Make Oxygen From Moon Dust - Futurism
75 percent of the trapped oxygen can be extracted in just 15 hours using the system.
https://futurism.com/the-byte/scientists...


Walking with atoms—chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action - Phys.org
Ever since it was proposed that atoms are building blocks of the world, scientists have been trying to understand how and why they bond to each other. Be it a molecule (which is a group of atoms joined together in a particular fashion), or a block of material…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-atomschemi...


A blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean killed a million seabirds, scientists say - WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
As many as one million seabirds died at sea in less than 12 months in one of the largest mass die-offs in recorded history -- and researchers say warm ocean waters are to blame. The birds, a fish-eating species called the common murre, were severely emaciat…
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/TX/...


At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators - The New York Times
Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/scien...


The Debate Over Cold Dark Matter Warms Up As Astronomers Take Its Temperature - Universe Today
Astronomers take the temperature of dark matter, and find it could be warm as well as cold.
https://www.universetoday.com/144643/the...


Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes - Phys.org
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful collision of magnetic energy produced a series of potent solar flares, causing turbulent space weather conditions at Earth. T…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-scientists...


Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time - Phys.org
Styrofoam or copper—both materials have very different properties with regard to their ability to conduct heat. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the University of Bayreuth have now jointly developed and characte…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-material-h...


Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity - EurekAlert
Traditional methods of vacuum suction and previous vacuum suction devices cannot maintain suction on rough surfaces due to vacuum leakage, which leads to suction failure. Researchers Xin Li and Kaige Shi developed a zero-pressure difference method to enhance …
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/...


Scientists discovered a new 'super-Earth,' and want to know if it could sustain life - msnNOW
Scientists studying data from the Alpha Centauri star system on Wednesday announced what they believe is a second Earth-like planet orbiting the star closest to the sun. The finding, announced via …
https://bgr.com/2020/01/16/proxima-centa...


Dinosaur extinction was 'all about the asteroid,' casting doubt about volcano's impact, new study says - Fox News
Several studies have suggested a volcano eruption played a greater role in the extinction of the dinosaurs than the asteroid that crashed into modern-day Mexico. A new study is hoping to end the debate, suggesting "it was all about the asteroid."
https://www.foxnews.com/science/dinosaur...


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