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Stronger than aluminum, a heavily altered wood cools passively - Ars Technica
Boiled in hydrogen peroxide and compressed, the wood can passively manage heat.

Powering Our Return to the Moon - NASA
NASA announces the first partnership of its kind with MAXAR Technologies to power the future lunar orbiting station. For more information, visit: http://www....

Astronomers Spy Three Comets Circling a Nearby Star - Gizmodo
NASA’s exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft has spotted three comets orbiting a star 64 light-years away, according to a new paper.

Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18 -
On Aug. 17, 1959, back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the U.S. had yet to send a human to space and the nation's flag sported 49 stars, Yellowstone National Park shook violently for about 30 seconds. The shock was strong enough to drop the ground a …

Researchers create soft, flexible materials with enhanced properties -
A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer composites with enhanced electrical and thermal properties. These materials are promising candi…

Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth's Oceans - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
New observations reveal that water in comets and Earth's oceans may share common composition, suggesting more comets than previously thought could have delivered water to Earth.

Major Martian ice discovery thrills scientists - Fox News
Scientists have discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars’ north pole that could help unlock the Red Planet’s history.

Mile-wide asteroid will swing close to Earth this weekend - - WISC-TV3
A huge double asteroid is streaking toward Earth, but scientists say it will pass by with plenty of room to spare.

Building a better salt trap: Scientists synthesize a molecular 'cage' to trap chloride -
Indiana University researchers have created a powerful new molecule for the extraction of salt from liquid. The work has potential to help increase the amount of drinkable water on Earth.

Interplay between mitochondria and nucleus may have implications for new treatment -
Mitochondria, the 'batteries' that produce our energy, interact with the cell's nucleus in subtle ways previously unseen in humans, according to research published today in the journal Science.

Researchers May Have Solved Darwin's Paradox of How Reefs Are So Productive - Gizmodo
Cryptobenthic fish may sound weird, but they’re not so different from you and me. They’re vertebrates just like us, though their hearts, bones, and brains are quite tiny. But unlike us, they do two things extremely well.

Scientists create new standard genome for heavily studied worm -
A new Cornell University-led study finds that the genome for a widely researched worm, on which countless studies are based, was flawed. Now, a fresh genome sequence will set the record straight and improve the accuracy of future research.

Oldest meteorite collection on Earth found in one of the driest places -
Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's surface can be challenging, especially if you are interested in reconstructing how frequently they lan…

Asteroid KW4 1999: This week, a massive asteroid with its own moon orbiting it will pass by Earth, NASA reports - CBS News
Asteroid this weekend: KW4 1999 – A massive asteroid with its own moon trailing behind – will pass by Earth this weekend

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