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Mars 2020 Rover Will Visit The Perfect Spot To Find Signs Of Life

Mars 2020 Rover Will Visit The Perfect Spot To Find Signs Of Life

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post | Sunday November 17, 2019

On some sunny day next summer, in front of a crowd at Kennedy Space Center, a rocket carrying NASA's next, best hope at finding life on Mars will launch into the sky.

Meet Arrokoth, The Most Distant Space Object Ever Seen Up Close

Meet Arrokoth, The Most Distant Space Object Ever Seen Up Close

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post | Thursday November 14, 2019

The bundle of ice and rock was discovered using a telescope operated in Maryland. It was studied up close by a spacecraft built in the same state. So when NASA scientists had to choose an official name for the most distant object they had ever explored, they borrowed a word from the original inhabitants of this region: Arrokoth, the Powhatan/Algonquian term for "sky."

"Ghost" Footprints Hiding Since End Of Ice Age Found Using Special Radar

"Ghost" Footprints Hiding Since End Of Ice Age Found Using Special Radar

Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday November 12, 2019, New York

Using a special type of radar, researchers have discovered the invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age -- and what lies beneath them.

Rare Deer-Like Animal Rediscovered In Vietnam After 30 Years

Rare Deer-Like Animal Rediscovered In Vietnam After 30 Years

Agence France-Presse | Monday November 11, 2019, Paris

A very rare species of small, deer-like animal thought to be on the verge of extinction has been spotted in the northwestern jungle of Vietnam for the first time in nearly 30 years.

NASA Captures Record-Breaking X-Ray Burst From Thermonuclear Blast

NASA Captures Record-Breaking X-Ray Burst From Thermonuclear Blast

Indo-Asian News Service | Monday November 11, 2019, Washington

NASA has detected a massive thermonuclear explosion coming from outer space, caused by a massive thermonuclear flash on the surface of a pulsar -- the crushed remains of a star that long ago exploded as a supernova.

Mercury To Make A Rare Pass Across Sun Today For Last Time In 13 Years

Mercury To Make A Rare Pass Across Sun Today For Last Time In 13 Years

Matthew Cappucci, The Washington Post | Monday November 11, 2019

Mercury is set to make a transit across the sun on Monday morning for the last time until 2032. A pinprick of darkness will puncture a small hole in the sunlight as the planet traverses the solar disk during a 5.5-hour stretch, starting at 7:35 a.m. Eastern time.

This Flying Robot Can Clean Glass Curtain Walls In High-Rises

This Flying Robot Can Clean Glass Curtain Walls In High-Rises

Indo-Asian News Service | Sunday November 10, 2019, Beijing

Chinese researchers have designed a novel flying robot that not only climbs walls as seen in science fiction movies but is also capable of avoiding obstacles and even jumping over grooves on wall surfaces.

Mercury To Glide Across Sun On November 11

Mercury To Glide Across Sun On November 11

Indo-Asian News Service | Saturday November 09, 2019, Washington

Planet Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun on November 11, staging a rare celestial show.

NASA Probe Gives Insight On Solar System's Border With Interstellar Space

NASA Probe Gives Insight On Solar System's Border With Interstellar Space

Reuters | Tuesday November 05, 2019, Washington

The journey of NASA's dauntless Voyager 2 spacecraft through our solar system's farthest reaches has given scientists new insight into a poorly understood distant frontier: the unexpectedly distinct boundary marking where the sun's energetic influence ends and interstellar space begins.

Design For Deep Sea Vehicle's Crew Module Completed By Space Agency ISRO

Design For Deep Sea Vehicle's Crew Module Completed By Space Agency ISRO

Press Trust of India | Sunday November 03, 2019, Chennai

India's ambition to send men to the deep sea in a submersible vehicle appears to be one step closer to fruition with ISRO successfully developing a design for its crew module, a sphere shaped capsule.

Moon Landing Once Again? What ISRO Chief K Sivan Said About Agency's Plans

Moon Landing Once Again? What ISRO Chief K Sivan Said About Agency's Plans

Press Trust of India | Saturday November 02, 2019, New Delhi

The Indian Space Research Organisation will put in all efforts to demonstrate soft landing in space in the near future and Chandrayaan 2 is not the end of story, ISRO Chief K Sivan said today.

How Binge-Watching On Streaming Services Is Hurting The Environment

How Binge-Watching On Streaming Services Is Hurting The Environment

Agence France-Presse | Monday October 28, 2019, Paris

Movie nights once required driving to the local video store to rent, rewind and return the latest blockbuster. Now on-demand video content providers offer countless binge-worthy options at the touch of a finger.

NASA To Launch Golf Cart-Sized Rover On Moon To Search For Water

NASA To Launch Golf Cart-Sized Rover On Moon To Search For Water

Reuters | Saturday October 26, 2019, Washington

NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Google Scientists Claim Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google Scientists Claim Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post | Thursday October 24, 2019

For the first time, a machine that runs on the mind-boggling physics of quantum mechanics reportedly has solved a problem that would stump the world's top supercomputers - a breakthrough known as "quantum supremacy."

"No Reproduction": Warming Climate Turning Baby Sea Turtles Into 1 Gender

"No Reproduction": Warming Climate Turning Baby Sea Turtles Into 1 Gender

Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post | Tuesday October 22, 2019

She emerged from the ocean just before midnight, clambering up the shore as her ancestors have for 200 million years. Only stars glowed on this remote beach, where the sea turtle arrived to lay her eggs. She dodged plastic, fishing nets and oil spills to get this far. But another threat to her species lurks in the ground: sand temperatures that foster only one gender.