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ESA researchers built a plant that can extract oxygen from the moon - TechSpot
European Space Agency (ESA) researchers have begun extracting oxygen from simulated moon dust. A reclamation plant has been built at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands that can remove and harness oxygen from lunar reg…

SpaceX's inflight abort test paves way to commercial human spaceflight | TheHill - The Hill
A commercial space launch industry, with companies such as SpaceX and Boeing competing against one another, has every potential to lower the cost of space travel.

Tipping mechanisms could spark societal change toward climate stabilization -
Limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees C requires a decarbonized world by 2050 at the latest, and a corresponding global transformation of the energy and land use systems of societies around the world. To achieve this goal of net-zero carbon by 2050,…

NASA watched the ice in this Mars crater dance over a dozen years - CNET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures a beautiful view of a shifting Martian landscape over time.

SpaceX is already launching more Starlink satellites: How to watch - CNET
Elon Musk is already the world's largest satellite constellation operator, but he's just getting going.

'Dancing dragon' feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China - CNN
About 120 million years ago, a "dancing dragon" lived in China's Jehol Province. The discovery of a fossil belonging to the small feathered dinosaur is new to science and helps bridge the gap between dinosaurs and birds.

Astronomers find an oddball asteroid entirely inside the orbit of Venus - Ars Technica
"Getting past the orbit of Venus must have been challenging."

CFCs responsible for half of Arctic sea-ice loss - Chemistry World
Halogenated compounds responsible for one third of global warming in the late 20th century

Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives - Engadget
A galaxy was already dying about 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang.

Scientists were stumped when seabirds started dying. Now they have answers -
In the fall of 2015, two years into a heatwave in the Pacific Ocean colloquially known as "the Blob," an unusually large influx of common murres, a small northern seabird, began to wash ashore.

Elon Musk Says He's `Fired Up' as SpaceX Steps Toward Crewed Flights - Bloomberg Markets and Finance
Jan.20 -- Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company passed a crucial safety test Sunday, clearing its last major hurdle to an historic first crewed flight for NASA, ...

What's the Most Monogamous Animal? - Gizmodo
Animals, we know, typically lack the hang-ups that make human mating so difficult. You won’t find a bonobo moping around, stewing in jealousy. Nor will you find a bonobo contentedly fucking his or her bonobo-spouse to the exclusion of all other viable bonobos…

Laser diode emits deep UV light -
Nagoya University scientists, in cooperation with Asahi Kasei Corporation, have designed a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light, and have published a paper in the journal Applied Physics Express.

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