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For The First Time, Scientists Have Made Synthetic DNA With 4 Additional Letters - ScienceAlert
Earth might have a dizzying array of life forms, but our biology ultimately remains a solitary data point - we simply don't have a reference for life based on DNA different from our own. Now, scientists have taken matters into their hands to push the

SpaceX Falcon 9 Nusantara Satu rocket launch, live stream - CBS News
SpaceX readied a Falcon 9 rocket for launch from Florida on Thursday, preparing for a dramatic mission. The launch will boost an Indonesian communications sa...

Japanese startup plans to test an experimental battery on the Moon - The Verge
A type of battery still in development here on Earth could head to the Moon as early as 2021 on board a commercial lunar lander. Japanese startup ispace plans to be the first to test a solid-state battery on the Moon’s surface, in hopes that this emerging tec…

Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Far Beyond the Moon, Scientists Find - Motherboard
A group of researchers discovered that Earth’s atmosphere extends almost twice the distance to the Moon after analyzing data gathered in the 1990s.

CRISPR gene-editing experiment may have impacted twins' brains - Engadget
The gene scientists reportedly disabled has been linked with cognitive function, but the side effects of gene-editing largely remain a mystery.

NASA’s confidence in SpaceX and Boeing may be wavering - BGR
To say that NASA bet big on U.S. companies Boeing and SpaceX to provide solutions for manned spaceflight would be a colossal understatement. The space agency basically put all its eggs in two baske…

This Bird's Body Is Half Male, Half Female. So Is Its Brain. - Live Science
Male cardinals are red. Females are tan. This one is both at the same time.

Watch Israel's historic moon launch live - From the Grapevine
Watch Israel’s Beresheet ship hitch a ride from Cape Canaveral with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

World's Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades - NPR
The bee towers over its apian cousins. Females have been recorded as being at least an inch and a half long. Add to that a pair of gigantic mandibles, and it's a bee like no other.

Stunning New View of Mars Shows Where Ancient Flowing Water Once Carved Its Surface - Gizmodo
Dramatic dried-up river channels over a mile wide and 650 feet deep have been detected on Mars, showcasing how the Red Planet once hosted liquid water at its surface.

Researchers make coldest quantum gas of molecules -
JILA researchers have made a long-lived, record-cold gas of molecules that follow the wave patterns of quantum mechanics instead of the strictly particle nature of ordinary classical physics. The creation of this gas boosts the odds for advances in fields suc…

First Moon Landing By Private Company May Be Israel's SpaceIL - Investor's Business Daily
SpaceIL is poised to become the first private company to achieve a moon landing, after a SpaceX rocket launched its  Beresheet lunar lander Thursday.

Merging Neutron Stars Made An Unstoppable Jet, And It Moves At Nearly The Speed Of Light - Forbes
In 2017, we saw gravitational waves a neutron star merger for the first and only time. And it keeps getting more interesting.

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