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Why Did The Biggest Whales Get So Big? – The Atlantic

… and perhaps more importantly: when? Why Did The Biggest Whales Get So Big? – The Atlantic

Trump budget keeps NASA mostly intact but jettisons a few Obama priorities – USA TODAY

NASA wants to send astronauts to Mars within 20 years.(Photo: HANDOUT, AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON – This is no longer Obama’s NASA. Even though the space agency would get roughly the same $19 billion it received this year, key programs the former president championed – an asteroid mission, several climate change research projects, robust education outreach […]

Freeze-Dried Space Sperm Gives Rise to Healthy Baby Mice – Space.com

Mouse sperm preserved on the International Space Station for nine months gave rise to healthy pups, a new study reveals. This finding suggests that animals, perhaps including humans, can one day reproduce safely in space, researchers said. This work also raises the possibility of a “doomsday vault” for sperm in […]

Space Station Astronauts to Take Surprise Spacewalk Tuesday to Replace Failed Computer Relay – Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA astronauts will take an unplanned spacewalk Tuesday (May 23) to replace a failed data relay box outside of the International Space Station, restoring critical redundancy to the orbiting outpost, agency officials said Sunday (May 21). The failed device, known as a multiplexer/demultiplexer, or MDM, was installed on March […]

Humanity’s ‘doomsday’ seed vault is probably still safe – The Daily Herald

The Washington Post On Friday, a slew of alarming headlines emerged regarding the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Water had apparently breached this “fail-safe” trove of the planet’s seeds that is supposed to protect earth’s food supply in the event of a “doomsday” scenario. The alleged failure of the vault, buried deep into an Arctic […]

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Is at It Again with the Strange Dimming – Space.com

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Is at It Again with the Strange Dimming – Space.com

The perplexing cosmic object known as “Boyajian’s star” is once again exhibiting a mysterious pattern of dimming and brightening that scientists have tried to explain with hypotheses ranging from swarms of comets to alien megastructures. Today (May 19), an urgent call went out to scientists around the world to turn as many […]

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings – NPR

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings – NPR

Credit: University of Tokyo With the help of high-speed cameras, CT scanners and some nail-art supplies, scientists in Japan have managed to catch a glimpse of the elaborate way that ladybugs fold their wings to tuck them away. The research could have implications for everything from aeronautics to umbrellas. The study, published this week in […]

Norway’s ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Flooded by Melting Permafrost | The Weather Channel – The Weather Channel

Story Highlights Norway’s Global Seed Vault was partially flooded during the winter, and it’s believed melting permafrost was the culprit. The vault holds seed samples for thousands of crops in the event of a catastrophe. None of the seeds were harmed by the flooding, as the water froze quickly after it entered the entrance tunnel. […]

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Is at It Again with the Strange Dimming – Space.com

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Is at It Again with the Strange Dimming – Space.com

The perplexing cosmic object known as “Boyajian’s star” is once again exhibiting a mysterious pattern of dimming and brightening that scientists have tried to explain with hypotheses ranging from swarms of comets to alien megastructures. Today (May 19), an urgent call went out to scientists around the world to turn as many […]

Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor – Business Insider

First job, first car, first apartment: The smartest things to do with your money in your 20s Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor – Business Insider