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With Goals Met, NASA to Push Envelope with Ingenuity Mars Helicopter - NASA
Now that NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has accomplished the goal of achieving powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on the Red Planet, and with data from its most recent flight test, on April 25, the technology demonstration project has met or surpasse…

An Asteroid Impact Simulation Is Currently Underway—and It’s Absolutely Terrifying - Gizmodo
A fictitious asteroid is headed our way, and a group of real experts is currently doing their best to deal with the grim situation.

NASA Delays SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Return to Earth – Here’s Why - SciTechDaily
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is now targeting a return to Earth at 11:36 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 1, in the Gulf of Mexi…

Earth's axis has shifted due to melting ice in last 25 years - Business Insider
A recent study suggests that melting ice from polar glaciers has shifted Earth's axis — changing where the north and south poles are located.

Glowing Pumpkin Toadlet Can't Hear Its Own Tiny Scream - Gizmodo
Scientists in Brazil say they’ve discovered a new species of poisonous toad with fluorescent bones.

Woman swallows fish bone, it migrates into her neck -
The bone poked through her throat and became embedded in her neck muscles.

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins has died at age 90 - CNN
Michael Collins, the NASA astronaut who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, has died at age 90 after battling cancer.

‘Big-brained’ mammals may just have small bodies, study suggests - The Guardian
Examination of 1,400 living and extinct species finds evolutionary selection may not be reason for larger brains

Cave deposits show surprising shift in permafrost over the last 400,000 years -
Nearly one quarter of the land in the Northern Hemisphere, amounting to some 9 million square miles, is layered with permafrost—soil, sediment, and rocks that are frozen solid for years at a time. Vast stretches of permafrost can be found in Alaska, Siberia, …

Glaciers melting at a faster rate, new study finds - Al Jazeera English
Accelerating pace of melt contributing more than 20 percent to sea level rise, threatens populous coastal cities.

Earth's crust is way, way older than we thought -
Earth's continents have been leaking nutrients into the ocean for at least 3.7 billion years, new research suggests.

Physicists Harnessed Thousands of Molecules Into a Single Quantum State - ScienceAlert
In a major milestone for quantum physics, thousands of molecules have been induced to share the same quantum state, dancing together in unison like one huge super molecule.

Op-ed | Competition delivers the goods and the crew for all NASA commercial space services - SpaceNews
A member of the Trump administration's NASA transition team weighs in on NASA's decision to forgo additional competition by picking a single vendor, SpaceX, to develop a Human Landing System for the Artemis program.

Towards complete and error-free genome assemblies of all vertebrate species -
The Vertebrate Genome Project has used an optimized pipeline to generate high-quality genome assemblies for sixteen species (representing all major vertebrate classes), which have led to new biological insights.

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