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Geologists Confirm a Staggering 2.2 Billion-Year-Old Impact Crater in Australia - ScienceAlert
Throughout its life, our planet has been pummelled by countless asteroids and comets - even more so than the crater-ridden Moon. Today, thanks to Earth's continually changing surface, there are remarkably few scars left to tell the tale.

'Walking Sharks' Confirmed as the Newest Addition to the Shark Family Tree - Gizmodo
Sharks have been around for a long time, emerging over 400 million years ago. New research shows that tropical ‘walking sharks’ appeared just 9 million years ago, making them the most recently evolved shark on the planet.

These are the nine potential names for the Mars 2020 rover. Your vote can help NASA decide - CNN
And then there were nine. Students across the US, ranging from kindergarten to high school, submitted more than 28,000 potential names for NASA's Mars 2020 rover. A panel of 4,700 volunteer judges whittled that list down to 155 semifinalists.

New, accurate way of viewing solar system turns data into images - Business Insider
On January 21, the American Museum of Natural History debuts a new planetarium show that displays the solar system with stunning accuracy.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon abort test was 'picture-perfect,' Elon Musk says -
Crew Dragon could carry astronauts for the first time in just a few months.

Scientists uncover new mode of evolution -
Scientists have discovered a form of natural selection that doesn't rely on DNA.

Low power metal detector senses magnetic fingerprints -
Most traditional electromagnetic methods for detecting hidden metal objects involve systems that are heavy, bulky and require lots of electricity.

Rocket Lab announces NRO mission as agency diversifies launch providers -
Rocket Lab has announced its first mission of 2020 – a dedicated launch for the…

Astrophysicists find massive black holes wandering around dwarf galaxies -
A new search led by Montana State University has revealed more than a dozen massive black holes in dwarf galaxies that were previously considered too small to host them, and surprised scientists with their location within the galaxies.

Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty -
Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around stars beyond the solar system. Life comes in v…

New Ultrafast Camera Snaps A Trillion Images A Second And Detects Movement In Transparent Materials - IFLScience
How do you take a picture of a shockwave rippling through water? Or movement inside almost entirely transparent objects like the teeny water-filled cells i

European Space Agency facility makes oxygen out of moon dust - New York Post
Humans are headed back to the moon. That much is abundantly clear, as NASA, the European Space Agency, China and others have either announced plans to send humans to Earth’s tiny neighbor or are at…

UW study finds disturbing climate change evidence in Arctic Ocean -
A joint study between the University of Washington and University of Alaska has uncovered the presence of 'pancake ice' and tall waves in the Arctic Ocean.

San Diego researcher discovers ‘dancing dragon’ fossil -
A San Diego researcher has discovered a fossil that could help bridge the gap in our understanding between dinosaurs and birds -- and they've named the creature "dancing dragon."

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir’s ISS Photos Of The Planet Being Round Triggers Flat Earthers On Twitter - BroBible
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted photos from the International Space Station of Earth looking round, Flat Earthers were not having it.

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