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SpaceX to launch first Starlink satellites testing 'VisorSat' to block sun - CNET
Elon Musk's company has a new solution to the problem of its mega-constellation lighting up the night sky and irking astronomers. For now, it'll have to wait.

The likelihood of life evolving on Earth was just three-to-one - Daily Mail
A mathematical study from Columbia University analysed all the existing research to determine how likely it was that life would blossom on Earth.

NASA's new Artemis Accords govern how we cooperatively and safely explore the moon and Mars - CNN
NASA released the Artemis Accords to establish a framework of principles for safely and responsibly planning for humanity's return to the moon by the agency and its international partners.

Alaska landslide could cause enormous tsunami, scientists warn - New York Post
If an unstable Alaska mount slope fully collapses, a catastrophic tsunami in Harriman Fjord could be triggered, a group of experts warns. An open letter signed by 14 scientists with expertise in la…

Scientists say hurricanes are indeed getting stronger - CNET
You're not imagining things. Hurricanes and typhoons are scarier than ever.

Juno Spacecraft Captures Astonishing High-Altitude Hazes on Jupiter - SciTechDaily
NASA's Juno mission captured this look at Jupiter's tumultuous northern regions during the spacecraft's close approach to the planet on February 17, 2020. Notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top…

SpaceX Crew Dragon joins Falcon 9 for last mate before astronaut launch debut - Teslarati
NASA and SpaceX are less than two weeks away from the first crewed mission to launch from U.S. soil in nearly a decade. But there’s still work to do before the craft blasts off towards the International Space Station. On Friday, May 15, the Crew Dragon spacec…

New Dinosaur Unearthed in Australia | Paleontology -
Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossilized vertebra from an elaphrosaurine theropod dinosaur that walked the Earth 110 million years ago (Cretaceous period).

Superconductors with 'zeitgeist' – when materials differentiate between the past and the future -
Physicists at TU Dresden have discovered spontaneous static magnetic fields with broken time-reversal symmetry in a class of iron-based superconductors. This exceptional property calls for new theoretical models and may become important in quantum computing. …

Astronomers confirm existence of two giant newborn planets in PDS 70 system -
New evidence shows the first-ever pictures capturing the birth of a pair of planets orbiting the star PDS 70 are in fact authentic.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Testing NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover lives up to its name by enduring a series of tests to prepare for its journey to the Red Planet. Tests for the mission we...

Physicists develop world's best quantum bits -
A team of researchers at UCLA has set a new record for preparing and measuring the quantum bits, or qubits, inside of a quantum computer without error. The techniques they have developed make it easier to build quantum computers that outperform classical comp…

Jupiter’s Biggest Moons Started as Tiny Grains of Hail - The New York Times
A new model offers an explanation for how the Galilean satellites formed around the solar system’s largest world.

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