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Starship Mk 1 Blows its Top During Testing - Universe Today
During a recent cryogenic loading test at Boca Chica, Texas, the Starship Mk 1 prototype experienced a sudden failure and is likely to be scrapped.

A Rare Meteor Shower May Grace The Skies Tonight - NPR
Some scientists predict the Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower will be visible at 11:50 p.m. ET. However, one NASA expert is skeptical of the forecast.

Simple model explains why different four-legged animals adopt similar gaits -
Most mammals walk at slow speeds and run or trot at intermediate speeds because these movement strategies are energetically optimal, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology by Delyle Polet and John Bertram of the University of Calgary in …

This is the first known galaxy to have three supermassive black holes - CNN
Supermassive black holes act as the engines powering the centers of galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. But in a first, scientists have observed that one galaxy contains three supermassive black holes at its core and they're surprisingly close toget…

Saturn's Moon Titan Mapped - Mental Floss
Scientists think Saturn's moon Titan may hold our best shot at discovering extraterrestrial life in the solar system. Recently, NASA published the first complete map of the Earth-like body.

Magnesium deprivation stops pathogen growth -
When pathogens invade cells, our body combats them using various methods. Researchers at the University of Basel's Biozentrum have now been able to show how a cellular pump keeps such invading pathogens in check. As the researchers report in Science, this pum…

Dung beetle discovery revises biologists' understanding of how nature innovates -
When studying how organisms evolve, biologists consider most traits, or features, as derived from some earlier version already present in their ancestors. Few traits are regarded as truly "novel."

Universality and diversity in human song - Science Magazine
It is unclear whether there are universal patterns to music across cultures. Mehr et al. examined ethnographic data and observed music in every society sampled (see the Perspective by Fitch and Popescu). For songs specifically, three dimensions characterize m…

NASA Photos Show Insect- and Reptile-Like Life Forms on Mars, Entomologist Says | Astrobiology -
Ohio University Emeritus Professor William Romoser has analyzed photos from NASA’s various Mars rovers, mostly from the rover Curiosity, and found insect/arthropod- and reptile-like organisms (both as fossils and living creatures) in the images.

The ‘X17’ particle: Scientists may have discovered the fifth force of nature - Big Think
A new paper suggests that the mysterious X17 subatomic particle is indicative of a fifth force of nature.

NASA underwater rover could aid in search for life - Fox News
NASA recently showed off its new underwater rover that it hopes one day could help in exploring alien ocean worlds in the search for life.

Your RNA May Have Come from Space, Meteor Study Suggests -
The discovery of ribose sugar in ancient meteorites just made space rocks a little sweeter.

Boeing rolls out Starliner passenger spacecraft ahead of December flight - The Verge
Early this morning, Boeing rolled its new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, out to the Florida launch site the vehicle is set to take off from next month. It’s the first time that a spaceflight-ready version of the capsule has exited the hangar.

Black hole measuring just 1mm would destroy Earth - terrifying scientist warning -
A BLACK hole just one millimetre in size would destroy Earth, ripping the planet up bit-by-bit and “completely killing us”, an expert has warned.

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