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2 infants buried wearing helmets made from other youngsters' skulls have archaeologists puzzled - Fox News
Two infants were buried more than 2,000 years ago wearing strange "helmets" made from the skulls of other children, researchers found.

The first map of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan reveals labyrinths and lakes - CNET
NASA's Cassini probe peered through the hazy methane clouds and found a world of methane lakes, desolate plains and skyscraper-sized dunes.

NASA partners with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more to send large payloads to the Moon - The Verge
In its ongoing effort to send cargo — and eventually people — to the lunar surface, NASA announced five new partnerships with commercial space companies that have designed robotic landers that can take large payloads to the Moon. The additions include some we…

Leonid meteor shower rewards stargazers who braved the cold - CNN
The Leonid meteor shower peaked over the weekend, delighting stargazers who bundled up to catch the early-morning show.

Deep-Sea Vents Might Solve Mystery of Ancient Ocean Carbon - Gizmodo
Scientists have found deep-sea graphite that might help solve a deep-sea carbonaceous mystery, according to a new study.

Watch Bees Surf to Safety on Waves They Create - The New York Times
When honeybees fall into water, they generate their own ripples then glide to dry land, a study found.

Lakes are a climate change 'ticking time bomb', warn scientists - The Telegraph
Freshwater lakes have been identified as a potential “ticking time bomb” amid fears greenhouse gases contained in the water could double as a result of climate change, scientists have warned.

Boeing seems upset with NASA's inspector general - Ars Technica
“Boeing does not disclose specific pricing information.”

Gravitational Waves Could Uncover Missing-Link Black Holes - Gizmodo
Scientists hope that the future of gravitational wave detection will allow them to directly observe a mysterious kind of black hole.

How Large Can A Planet Be? - Universe Today
When it comes to planets, the largest planet in the universe probably isn't the most massive.

Theory on Getting to Mars 'Not So Crazy' - Newser
Hibernating astronauts might do the trick, says new study

Should scientists change the way they view (and study) same sex behavior in animals? -
Over the years, scientists have recorded same-sex sexual behavior in more than 1,500 animal species, from snow geese to common toads. And for just as long evolutionary biologists studying these behaviors have grappled with what has come to be known as a "Darw…

Kick-starting Moore's Law? New 'synthetic' method for making microchips could help -
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically-thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more powerful and compact electronic devices.

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