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Warm Water Patch Called 'The Blob' Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History - HuffPost
An estimated 1 million common murres died in 2015 and 2016. Scientists fear it was a harbinger of a warming world.

Future Mars inhabitants could live in houses made of fungi - Teslarati
It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to make humanity a multi-planetary species. But when humans take up residence on the red planet, what sort of abode will they call home?  Instead of habitats made of building materials you see Earth, like metal and glass, N…

Oceans' Rise In Heat Over Last 25 Years Equals "3.6 Billion Hiroshima Bombs" - HotNewHipHop
A new study shows oceans are continuing to warm at record rates. In a new study titled 'Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019,' scientists have determined that the temperature of the ocean's surface to 2,000 meters deep has shown warming of 228,000,00…

Battery Upgrades Resume Aboard the Space Station on This Week @NASA – January 18, 2020 - NASA
Spacewalkers resume battery upgrades aboard the space station, a post-flight visit from a couple of recently returned space station astronauts, and a key pie...

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! - WIRED
We're not sure when this star will go supernova, but one thing is certain: It'll be spectacular.

Mile-long asteroid could be dangerous to life on Earth in millions of years if it breaks up: scientists - Fox News
A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientists wrote in a report published Monday.

Astronomers discover bizarre stretchy objects unlike anything else in our galaxy - Digital Trends
Astronomers have discovered a mysterious new class of objects at the heart of the Milky Way which are unlike anything else found in our galaxy. They start off small and compact but are elongated when they approach the supermassive black hole in the center of …

Laser diode emits deep UV light - EurekAlert
Nagoya University researchers say they have designed a laser diode that emits the shortest-wavelength ultraviolet light to-date, with potential applications in disinfection, dermatology, and DNA analyses.

'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...

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.

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.

Walking with atoms -- chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action - EurekAlert
Scientists have for the first time captured and filmed atoms bonding together, using advanced microscopy methods they captured a moment that is around half a million times smaller than the width of a human hair.

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.

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