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Hubble discovers a mysterious dark spot on Neptune, and it’s getting bigger - BGR
The mighty Jupiter gets a lot of attention for its constantly-shifting face, but it’s not the only planet in our solar system with some serious personality. Neptune, the large frozen ball of …

NASA explains why it didn’t have enough space suits for an all-female spacewalk - BGR
This was supposed to be a history-making week for NASA, with the first all-female spacewalk originally planned to take place on Friday. Unfortunately, a last-second swap has led to one of the expec…

'The goal is to show that Israel can do it' - Arutz Sheva
SpaceIL President Morris Kahn explains what attracted him to the project of sending the Beresheet spacecraft to the moon.

An Alabama representative just let the cat out of the bag with the SLS rocket - Ars Technica
Rep. Aderholt says these programs provide a lot of jobs.

Exoplanet Observed for First Time With Optical Interferometry - ExtremeTech
The ESO has announced the first-ever observation of an exoplanet using optical interferometry, greatly improving our understanding of the world's atmosphere.

Ancient rivers raged on Mars, upsetting geological timeline - Astronomy Magazine is for anyone who wants to learn more about astronomy events, cosmology, planets, galaxies, asteroids, astrophotography, the Big Bang, black holes, comets, constellations, eclipses, exoplanets, nebulae, meteors, quasars, observing, telescopes, N…

60 days in bed pays $19,000 — and a chance to protect astronauts - NBC News
NASA and the European Space Agency are studying the effects of spaceflight by keeping participants on bedrest for two months, including in artificial gravity.

Greenland's most critical glacier is suddenly gaining ice, but that might not be a good thing - CNN
Greenland's largest and most critical glacier, Jakobshavn, is gaining ice, according to NASA researchers. While this finding is surprising and temporarily good news for the glacier, the reason for the ice accumulation might spell disaster in the long run.

See a kangaroo rat ninja-kick a rattlesnake in dramatic slo-mo video - CNET
Scientists capture kangaroo rats in action evading high-speed rattlesnake attacks, and it's super startling.

Here are cognitive scientist Steven Pinker's 13 tips for better writing - Boing Boing
Here are cognitive scientist Steven Pinker's 13 tips for better writing

This Newly Discovered Mastodon Species Roamed California for Millions of Years - Gizmodo
If you ponder mammoths, certain species of which died out a mere 3,000 or so years ago, their existence is but a breath away from our own. Echoes of their lives can be seen in today’s elephants, which lumber across our world in ways that might not be so diff…

Early Dinosaurs And Mammals Inhabited A Plain Like Nothing Since - IFLScience
If you like big things, the Triassic era might be for you. Not only were dinosaurs evolving towards world domination, but some of that occurred on a geolog

Researchers decipher and codify the universal language of honey bees - Phys.Org
For Virginia Tech researchers Margaret Couvillon and Roger Schürch, the Tower of Babel origin myth—intended to explain the genesis of the world's many languages—holds great meaning.

Explainer: What are black holes? - Science News for Students
Among the most extreme celestial bodies in the universe, black holes are dense, massive entities whose gravity can sometimes hold together an entire galaxy.

JWST review board raises schedule concerns - SpaceNews
The chairman of an independent review board said March 26 he’s concerned about the ability of JWST to remain on track for a launch in two years.

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