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SpaceX set for record-breaking 2020 manifest - NASASpaceflight.com
SpaceX completed its final mission of the year on Dec. 16 with the successful launch…
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/12/...


NASA's Spitzer telescope spots stunning image of 'cosmic snowflakes' in space - Daily Mail
Most of the world may not have had a white Christmas, but 'cosmic snowflakes' glimmered as pink and red specks were spotted by NASA's Spitzer telescope in a 'Christmas Tree Cluster'.
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Future Possibilities for Life on Mars Continue With New Discovery - IGN - IGN
Results from two new studies on Mars contain what experts are calling, "milestones for astrobiology."
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/12/27/...


‘Cotton Candy’ Planet Mysteries Unravel – Nothing Like Them Exists in Our Solar System - SciTechDaily
"Super-Puffs" may sound like a new breakfast cereal. But it's actually the nickname for a unique and rare class of young exoplanets that have the density of cotton candy. Nothing like them exists in our solar system. New data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescop…
https://scitechdaily.com/cotton-candy-pl...


China's Long March 5 rocket can fly - Aljazeera.com
The decade's final rocket launch puts China's moon and Mars missions back on track.
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/china...


Morocco's Anti-Atlas Mountains look otherworldly in new NASA images - New York Post
NASA released a gorgeous image of the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco on Thursday that uses infrared bands to depict different rocks and show complex folding. The mountains formed as a result of th…
https://nypost.com/2019/12/27/moroccos-a...


Evolution: A revelatory relationship - Phys.org
A new study of the ecology of an enigmatic group of novel unicellular organisms by scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich supports the idea hydrogen played an important role in the evolution of Eukaryota, the first nucleated cells.
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-evolution-...


Christina Koch, NASA astronaut, sets new record for longest single space flight by a woman – CBS News interview - CBS News
Christina Koch passes Peggy Whitson's 288-day mark on Saturday to set a new record for longest single space flight by a female astronaut.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/christina-k...


Mineral never before seen in nature is discovered in a meteorite from 1951 - ZME Science
A rare form of an iron-carbide mineral was found by researchers
https://www.zmescience.com/science/miner...


Calculating the time it will take spacecraft to find their way to other star systems - Phys.org
A pair of researchers, one with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the other with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CIT, has found a way to estimate how long it will take already launched space vehicles to arrive at other star systems. The pair, Coryn Bai…
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-spacecraft...


E-bike injuries found to result in more internal injuries than for scooters or regular bikes - Medical Xpress
A team of researchers from the NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center has found that people involved in e-bike accidents are more likely to have internal injuries than are those riding electric scooters or pedal-powered bicycles. In their paper p…
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-12-e...


Mindfulness video game changes areas of the brain associated with attention - Medical Xpress
With an estimated 97 percent of adolescents playing video games in their free time, there is growing potential to design games as tools for attention-building instead of attention-busting.
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-12-m...


Forces from Earth's spin may spark earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at Mount Etna - Phys.org
New research suggests forces pulling on Earth's surface as the planet spins may trigger earthquakes and eruptions at volcanoes.
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-earth-eart...


Waiting for Betelgeuse: what's up with the tempestuous star? - Phys.Org
Have you noticed that Orion the Hunter—one of the most iconic and familiar of the wintertime constellations—is looking a little… different as of late? The culprit is its upper shoulder star Alpha Orionis, aka Betelgeuse, which is looking markedly faint, the f…
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-betelgeuse...


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