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 –

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 […]

A critical computer has failed on NASA’s $100 billion space station and astronauts are gearing up for emergency repairs – Business Insider

FILE PHOTO: A NASA image showing the International Space Station as it flew over Madagascar showing three of the five spacecraft docked to the station Thomson Reuters CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of […]

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

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 […]

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die – Gizmodo

Photo: AP It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking […]

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 […]

Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Gets Doused By Climate Change – HuffPost

The melting occurred during the recent extraordinarily warm Arctic winter but, since the facility was designed to require little monitoring and is unstaffed, officials just discovered it. Now the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, and Statsbygg, the agency that runs the facility, will closely monitor it for threats from climate change.  Arctic Doomsday Seed […]

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