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Now you can put your name on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover (in teeny tiny letters) - GeekWire
Space fans have been sending names to Mars for more than two decades, and it’s that time again: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking names for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

MIT professor accused of claiming others' scientific discoveries as his own - STAT
Researchers have cast doubts on the integrity of work by professor Ram Sasisekharan, whose computational approach has been used to develop new treatments.

Our lopsided Moon was likely hit by a dwarf planet - Astronomy Magazine
After the Moon was forged in a cataclysmic collision between Earth and a Mar-sized planet, it apparently took a second blow from a dwarf planet.

'We as a species need to come to terms' with CRISPR technology as China awaits birth of third genetically modified baby - CNBC
The scientific community is now struggling to grapple with the ethics of human germline editing as another woman pregnant with a gene-edited baby is soon due to give birth.

Meteor shower 2019: Meteorite that hit Costa Rica found to be rare "extraterrestrial mud ball" - CBS News
"It formed in an environment free of life, then was preserved in the cold and vacuum of space for 4.56 billion years, and then dropped in Costa Rica"

SpaceX’s Starhopper moves closer to its first flight - The Verge
SpaceX hopes to launch its Starhopper test vehicle skyward on its first flights soon. The short tests, which will take place out of SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, will send the rocket to just under 1,640 feet (500 meters) high for its low-altitude…

Researchers create most complete model of complex protein machinery -
Environmental conditions, lifestyle choices, chemical exposure, and foodborne and airborne pathogens are among the external factors that can cause disease. In contrast, internal genetic factors can be responsible for the onset and progression of diseases rang…

What Prevents Pluto's Ocean from Freezing? - Scientific American
Layers of ice-like gas hydrates may insulate frigid ocean worlds across the cosmos

Ammonium fertilized early life on Earth: study -
A team of international scientists—including researchers at the University of St. Andrews, Syracuse University and Royal Holloway, University of London—have demonstrated a new source of food for early life on the planet.

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change -
Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land us…

Chang’e-4 Lander and its Rover Have Turned up new Mysteries on the Moon’s far side. The Moon’s Mantle Blasted Onto the Surface? - Universe Today
China's Chang'e-4 lunar mission recently gathered data that suggests that the impact that created the largest impact crater on the Moon could have blasted some of its mantle material onto the surface.

Mathematicians revive abandoned approach to the Riemann Hypothesis -
Many ways to approach the Riemann Hypothesis have been proposed during the past 150 years, but none of them have led to conquering the most famous open problem in mathematics. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests …

Climate change could raise sea levels by 7 feet by 2100, shocking study reveals - Fox News
Ocean levels are rising due to climate change and the long-held view is that sea levels would rise nearly three feet by the year 2100. A startling new study has suggested that view is woefully incorrect. Instead, sea levels could rise more than double that am…

Scientists Just Redefined the Kilogram - Futurism
It's no longer based on a metal cylinder in France.

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