SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Poised for 1st Reflight Thursday – Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — At first glance, the Falcon 9 rocket being prepared for launch this week from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida looks pretty much like the rest of the boosters in SpaceX’s growing fleet. On closer scrutiny, however, the pristine white upper stage doesn’t quite match the rocket’s lower section. […]

These scientists want to create ‘red teams’ to challenge climate research. Congress is listening – Washington Post

SUN VALLEY, CA – MARCH 10: The gas-powered Valley Generating Station is seen in the San Fernando Valley on March 10, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) This story has been updated. Prominent scientists operating outside the scientific consensus on climate change urged Congress on Wednesday to fund “red teams” to […]

Jeff Bezos Reveals ‘Sneak Peek’ of Blue Origin’s Space Tourism Capsule – Space.com

Want to take a trip to space?  Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, released new images today (March 29) of the interior of its New Shepard passenger capsule, which the company says will be used to send paying customers on brief trips into space. [How Blue Origin’s New Shepard Spacecraft […]

A 20-mile long ‘spacescraper’ dangling from an asteroid: Could it work? – Christian Science Monitor

March 29, 2017 —It’s a new approach to an old idea. While Jonathan Swift’s fantastical island city of Laputa stayed aloft via magnets, a New York City design firm envisions using an orbiting asteroid to hang a skyscraper above the Earth. Clouds Architecture Office espouses a dream-big-or-go-home philosophy with its plan to construct the world’s […]

Now space fans can search through a 100 years of NASA space photos online – Christian Science Monitor

March 29, 2017 —US government agencies have sponsored air and space research for more than a century. Since the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was established in 1915, it and its successor, NASA, have racked up thousands of images of their discoveries.   Many of these have become iconic. The “Blue Marble” photo, taken by […]

Dinosaur footprint may be largest ever discovered – CBS News

Researchers may have uncovered the largest dinosaur footprints ever found, measuring in at five feet, nine inches long and etched into the Earth millions of years ago by massive four-legged sauropod dinosaurs.  The footprints were discovered as part of a five-year excavation along a 16-mile stretch of coastline in Western Australia. Paleontologists say they’ve found […]

SpaceX is about to make history by relaunching a used Falcon 9 rocket – The Verge

On Thursday, SpaceX is set to launch yet another satellite into orbit from the Florida coast — but this mission will be far from routine for the company. The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX is using for the launch has already flown before. Around the same time last year, it sent cargo to the International […]

Study: Spiders eat up to 800 million tons each year – more than twice the weight of the entire human population – kfor.com

If you don’t yet suffer from arachnophobia – an abnormal fear of spiders, try this on for size! A new study states that the eight-eyed monsters arachnids eat between 400-800 million metric tons of insects, lizards, birds, and small mammals globally each year, which is about the same amount of food that whales consume! Compare that […]

FactCheck: Pruitt on the Paris Accord – Philly.com

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made two false claims about the Paris Accord, a global agreement aimed at addressing climate change: He claimed China and India are “the largest producers of CO2 internationally.” China is the biggest emitter […]

How the mouse came to live alongside humans – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption House mice are found in human homes throughout the world Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years, according to fossil evidence. This is earlier than previously thought – and predates the dawn of agriculture. Scientists believe wild mice crept into settlements in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) region […]

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