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Here’s what NASA’s asteroid probe did to space rock Bennu

April 15th, 2021

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe is now in a holding pattern after a lengthy mission that visited the space rock known as Bennu. The probe is still in the vicinity of the asteroid that it sampled many months ago, and before it heads back to drop off its sample containers, NASA did a close flyby of …

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Scientists are now playing god with mosquitoes

April 15th, 2021

Preventing illnesses in humans is a high priority for scientists that devote their lives to finding cures and techniques that keep people healthy, but sometimes a plan comes along that is so wild it can cause even the most devoted science fans to furrow their brow. In Florida, dengue fever regularly sickens over 100 people …

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Noisy humans are preventing forests from regrowing

April 14th, 2021

Humans are great (well, that’s debatable) but we’re also super noisy. Think about all of the noise we make with our vehicles, machines, various types of entertainment devices, and even our voices and you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that humans as a species are one of the noisiest around. We’re so noisy, in fact, …

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UAE hires Japanese firm to launch its Moon rover in 2022

April 14th, 2021

A whole lot of science news has been focused on Mars as of late, and for good reason, but let’s not forget that Earth’s own moon still has many secrets left to unlock. The Moon is still the only other natural object in space that humans have ever visited in person, and while those missions …

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NASA’s Mars InSight lander may be in deep trouble

April 14th, 2021

Of all the missions that NASA has sent to Mars over the past decade, the InSight lander might be the one that has caused the most problems. The lander successfully touched down on Mars a couple of years back and it quickly became clear that something wasn’t working as intended when it deployed its self-hammering …

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Neanderthal kids were just as obnoxious as human children

April 13th, 2021

Neanderthals don’t exist anymore, and while there is a lot of debate over how they died out and what role our species of human ancestors might have played in their demise, as we learn more and more about how they lived, we’re realizing that they were a lot like us. A new research paper published …

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NASA now knows what went wrong with its Mars helicopter

April 13th, 2021

All eyes were on Mars this past weekend when NASA had scheduled the first flight of its Ingenuity helicopter. It was supposed to be a monumental moment for NASA, the scientific community, and humanity as a whole, but it ended with a whimper as NASA had to delay the test flight due to some messed …

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A glacier in Alaska is moving 100 times faster than it should

April 13th, 2021

Nature can be unpredictable at times, but some things are more reliable than others. Spring (usually) brings a lot of rain, birds migrate to warmer areas in the winter months, and glaciers move slow. These are trends that have been established and are expected, but they’re not always universally true. Sometimes spring is dry, sometimes …