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Live: Watch SpaceX launch 16th batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral - Florida Today
SpaceX launched a batch of 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral at 9:13 p.m. ET Tuesday, later landing the booster on a drone ship.

New X-ray technique reveals clues about ancient 1,900-year-old mummy - CNN
Scientists have pioneered a new technique that allows them to investigate the insides of a 1,900-year-old Egyptian mummy -- without having to open up and tamper with the ancient artifact.

T. rex had a teenage growth spurt — but not all dinos did - CNN
Researchers have long known the Tyrannosaurus rex had a teenage growth spurt, gaining around 35 to 45 pounds per week, to reach its colossal size. A new study shows that while some dinosaurs had an adolescent growth spurt, others grew slow and steady.

These Ants Suit Up in a Protective 'Biomineral Armor' Never Seen Before in Insects - ScienceAlert
Ants are pretty organised little creatures. Highly social insects, they know how to forage, build complicated nests, steal your pantry snacks, and generally look after the queens and the colony, all by working together.

Here's What We Know About Earth’s Second Detected ‘Minimoon’ - Gizmodo
Spotted earlier this year, asteroid 2020 CD3 is only the second temporary natural satellite, or minimoon, ever detected around Earth.

Astronauts going to Mars will need conscientiousness, experts say - Daily Mail
A study finds astronauts heading to Mars will need more than just the right stuff - they will need 'conscientiousness.' Experts say the individual trait is seen as a pooled team-resource.

Gemini North observations enable breakthrough in centuries-old effort to unravel astronomical mystery -
An international team of astronomers using Gemini North's GNIRS instrument have discovered that CK Vulpeculae, first seen as a bright new star in 1670, is approximately five times farther away than previously thought. This makes the 1670 explosion of CK Vulpe…

Optical illusions show how animals perceive the world - National Geographic
Many animals fall for the same optical illusions we do, providing clues about how evolution shapes visual perception.

Starship SN8 ready for final testing ahead of flight -
Following a slightly convoluted engine testing campaign, Starship SN8 is set to finalize its pre-flight…

Coronavirus survives on surfaces for hours by turning into a pancake-like film - Daily Mail
Indian researchers found the virus droplets evaporate dramatically and turns into a pancake-like film which allows the virus to stay on a surface for several hours.

PhD graduate develops sodium-coated mask that kills COVID-19 droplets - New York Post
A recent Ph.D. graduate won an award Tuesday for creating a reusable face mask that appears to kill infectious pathogens like the coronavirus — using a simple coating of salt. Ilaria Rubino, …

Don’t miss this: Jupiter, Saturn to appear as one for first time since 1623 in December - WSFA
The two gas giants will look like a single planet as they come extremely close next month!

Remarkable fireball captured breaking up on film - Fox News
An enormous fireball was caught on camera streaking across the night sky in Australia, before breaking up over the Tasman Sea.

“Pulling & Twisting” –Ongoing Contortions from Milky Way’s Ancient Collision with Neighboring Dark Matter Halo - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel
The long-held belief that the Milky Way, harboring Earth and our solar system, is relatively static has been dispelled. In a violent, dynamic dance between two galaxies, the dark-matter halo of Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) –a satellite galaxy one-hundredth as…

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