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Russian military satellite launch spawns space-junk fireball over Australia (video) -
The satellite is apparently part of Russia's missile-warning network.

The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is blinking at us - CNET
Intermittent signals from Sagittarius A* are spotted by one of the world's most powerful telescopes.

New Research Shows Electroceutical Fabric Eradicates Coronavirus Infectivity On Contact - Forbes
There’s a risk that a person removing their face mask could touch viral particles latched onto the outside and further spread the coronavirus. A study by scientists from Indiana University suggests a fabric which eradicates the infectivity of viruses on conta…

Space Station receives the last of NASA's science racks after 19 years - Engadget
NASA has sent the last of its science racks to the International Space Station, marking the end of an era.

Why those sometimes annoying launch, landing weather rules exist -
There’s an age-old joke amongst those who work with/launch rockets and those who cover their…

How to watch SpaceX launch NASA astronauts to the ISS in Demo-2 mission - CNET
A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to carry two astronauts from US soil to the space station. The last time the US launched astronauts from within its borders was 2011.

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket is loaded with pop-culture references - New York Post
Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is ready to launch — with some serious nods to sci-fi buffs and folk fans. The two NASA astronauts due to board the Tesla co-founder’s spaceship on Wedne…

Vast Mineral Deposits in the Atacama Desert Seen From Space - SciTechDaily
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of Chile's Atacama Desert, which is bound on the west by the Pacific and on the east by the Andes. The Atacama is considered one of the driest places on Earth – there are some parts of the desert where rain…

What Would Depletion of Earth’s Magnetic Field Bring? - Sputnik International
There has been much speculation about how lacunae in our planet’s magnetic shield could affect humans, and it appears that the comfort of our everyday lives - but...

Scientists Sequence Single-Celled Alga Genome | Genetics -
An international team of researchers has successfully sequenced the genome of Penium margaritaceum, a single-celled alga species that belongs to Zygnematophyceae, the sister lineage to land plants, provides many clues to how aquatic plants first colonized lan…

Person mobility data shows Jefferson Co. grades at an 'F' -
According to Unacast, a Norwegian software company, Jefferson County currently holds an 'F' grade when it comes to social distancing.

Lockdown strains another romance: California and Elon Musk - Hindustan Times
The love affair between California and Elon Musk has started to sour..Musk is considering Texas for a factory that would plant Tesla’s flag in a red state where trucks reign supreme and appeal to a new swath of customers: conservatives.

Masterful Illusionist: The European Viper Uses Cloak-and-Dazzle to Escape Predators - SciTechDaily
Research of the University of Jyväskylä demonstrates that the characteristic zig-zag pattern on a viper's back performs seemingly opposing functions during a predation event. At first, the zig-zag pattern helps the snake remain undetected. But upon exposure, …

New Portable Analyzer Can Detect Antivirus Antibody in Just 20 Minutes - SciTechDaily
Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid on-site bio tests. If a suitable reagent is developed, this technology could be used t…

Astronomer Calculates The Odds of Life Emerging on Earth, And We May Not Be So Special - ScienceAlert
Was life on Earth a fluke? Perhaps not. New research suggests that the emergence of life on Earth, while far from a guaranteed outcome, was in fact a probable event – although the odds of intelligent life evolving remain rather less favourable.

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