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No, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is not disintegrating, physicist claims - Ars Technica
Amateur astronomers noted large red "flakes" being ripped from the red spot in May.

Bearing Witness to an Asteroid’s Assassination - The New York Times
At first astronomers thought they had spotted a comet, but it was really an asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter being struck by another object.

Astronomers reveal new image of interstellar comet visiting our solar system - CNN
Astronomers have captured the best and closest image to date of interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, a visitor that originated from outside of our solar system and is currently passing through.

Antarctica shock: Scientists drill out 2 million-year-old ice and make a major discovery -
ANTARCTICA researchers drilling out ice cores dating back two million years into Earth’s past have made incredible discoveries about the planet's climate.

Humans Alone Were Responsible For This Big Atlantic Seabird's Extinction, New Evidence Shows - Gizmodo
One of the northern hemisphere’s most famous extinct birds could have disappeared at the hands of humans and humans alone.

Astronomers Discover Vast Magnetic Filaments in a Galaxy’s Halo - SciTechDaily
This image of the “Whale Galaxy” (NGC 4631), made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), reveals hair-like filaments of the galaxy’s magnetic field protruding above and below the galaxy’s disk. The spiral galaxy is seen …

Coastal fog linked to high levels of mercury found in mountain lions, study finds -
Marine fog brings more than cooler temperatures to coastal areas. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have discovered elevated levels of mercury in mountain lions, the latest indication that the neurotoxin is being carried in fog, deposited on the land, and making i…

What keeps cells in shape? New research points to two types of motion -
The health of cells is maintained, in part, by two types of movement of their nucleoli, a team of scientists has found. This dual motion within surrounding fluid, it reports, adds to our understanding of what contributes to healthy cellular function and point…

Ice fossils found in 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite reveal building blocks of our solar system - CNN
A 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite landed in Algeria in 1990, the remnant of a larger asteroid born during the dawn of our solar system.

NASA’s giant ‘Super Guppy’ plane delivers the agency’s spacecraft to Ohio - The Verge
Transporting a large space capsule around Earth can be a daunting process, but NASA has its own various equipment for such jobs — one of which is a very big plane with a very big belly. Known as the Super Guppy, NASA’s cavernous plane is capable of carrying l…

Industrial bread dough kneaders could use physics-based redesign -
Bakers have been crafting bread for more than 6,000 years with four simple ingredients: flour, salt, water and yeast. Apart from using high-quality ingredients, the kneading process and amount of time the dough is given to rise ultimately determine the bread'…

Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and 'emotionally' bond with AI -
PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed.

Scientists inch closer than ever to signal from cosmic dawn -
Around 12 billion years ago, the universe emerged from a great cosmic dark age as the first stars and galaxies lit up. With a new analysis of data collected by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, scientists are now closer than ever to detecti…

India Acknowledges Lunar Lander Crashed - NPR
The robotic Vikram craft would have made India the fourth country to successfully land on the moon. Instead, contact was lost — and now, authorities have formally acknowledged it crashed.

'Killer' asteroids: How to decide if space rocks are as scary as they sound - msnNOW
The ones to worry about are almost never the ones in the alarmist headlines.

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