NASA’s Acting Chief Is Upbeat About Proposed $19.1 Billion Budget in 2018 – Space.com

NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, maintained a positive and hopeful tone today (May 23) in a speech regarding the agency’s newly released 2018 budget estimate. Although NASA is facing a 08-percent budget cut compared to 2017, Lightfoot said that considering the administration’s budget tightening across the board, he considers the White House budget proposal […]

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big – NPR

A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B hide caption toggle caption Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal […]

Did humans evolve in Europe rather than Africa? We don’t have the answer just yet – Phys.Org

Lower jaw of the 7.2 million year old ape species Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco) from Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece (today in metropolitan Athens). Credit: Wolfgang Gerber, University of Tübingen Charles Darwin believed that humans evolved in Africa, because that’s where our closest ape relatives the chimpanzees and gorillas live. And during the twentieth century he was […]

[ May 23, 2017 ] Astronauts replace failed computer in short spacewalk Mission Reports – Spaceflight Now

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION Astronaut Jack Fischer waves to a camera during Tuesday’s spacewalk. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now After a bit of a struggle with a balky bolt, space station commander Peggy Whitson replaced a failed external computer during a short, hurriedly planned spacewalk Tuesday while crewmate Jack Fischer installed a pair […]

Space-Based ‘Doomsday Vault’ for Sperm May Be Possible, Pup Study Shows – NBCNews.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 that could help preserve […]

Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa – Business Insider

A handout photo of the lower jaw of the 7.175 million year old Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco) from Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece Thomson Reuters By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on […]

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 […]

New data is in on mystery star’s recent weirdness – CNET

Artist’s representation of a crumbling Dyson sphere orbiting KIC 8462852 Danielle Futselaar/METI International We’re not saying it’s aliens, but I also can’t tell you it’s definitely not aliens. Late last week, astronomers around the world prepared to work through the weekend observing one of the most enigmatic stars known to humanity: KIC 8462852, better known […]

Nasa to launch emergency spacewalk after International Space Station computer breaks – The Independent

Astronauts are having to climb into space to fix a computer in an emergency move.  Two inhabitants of the International Space Station (ISS) will have to venture out on a spacewalk to repair a computer part – a data relay box – that broke over the weekend. The broken computer means that the lab is floating […]

Moon-Rock Bag That Brought First-Ever Lunar Samples to Earth Could Fetch $4M at Sotheby’s – Newsweek

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong was the first human ever to set foot on the surface of the moon, and he radioed his colleague, Buzz Aldrin, to describe it. “The surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it […]

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