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NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk Over Spacesuit Sizes - The New York Times
The astronauts, Anne McClain and Christina Koch, will both walk in space — just not together, because only one medium-size torso component is available.

Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time - Gizmodo
Late last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm over the course of several years, offering new insights into these enigmatic and ephemeral …

Pence visit will lead to some I-565 backups Tuesday - WHNT News 19
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Huntsville Tuesday is expected to cause some traffic backups on Interstate 565. Pence, the chairman of the National Space Council, will be in town Tuesday for the council's fifth meeting. It takes plac…

Wood-based technology creates electricity from heat -
A University of Maryland-led team of researchers has created a heat-to-electricity device that runs on ions and which could someday harness the body's heat to provide energy.

Matter waves and quantum splinters -
Physicists in the United States, Austria and Brazil have shown that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) can cause them to either divide into uniform segments or shatter into unpredictable splinters, depending on the frequency of the shaking.

Ancient Garbage Heaps Show Fading Byzantine Empire Was 'Plagued' By Disease and Climate Change - Live Science
The decline of an empire was recorded in mounds of trash.

Here's the dirty little secret about Northern Lights forecasting -
You will be surprised at how a forecast is made for timing of Northern Lights

Why Twisted Graphene Is One of the Most Exciting Physics Stories of the Year - Gizmodo
Just a year ago, scientists presented results that seemed almost too good to be true: Carbon sheets only a single atom thick, called graphene, took on a pair of important physical properties when they were twisted at just the right “magic” angle relative to o…

Mount Everest: melting glaciers exposing bodies of climbers -
Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are exposing the dead bodies of climbers previously entombed in ice, as global warming causes temperatures to rise

Fossil barnacles reveal whales have followed same migration routes for hundreds of millennia - The Independent
Chemical traces in fossils allow scientists to track movements of ancient ocean giants

Yellowstone volcano: OVERDUE eruption FEARS addressed in critical USGS volcano update -
YELLOWSTONE volcano’s supposed “overdue” status was addressed by the US Geological Survey (USGS) in a crucial update regarding future Yellowstone activity.

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