The weirdest star in the sky is acting up again – Washington Post

The weirdest star in the sky is acting up again – Washington Post

If a distant sun were surrounded by a swarm of solar panels constructed to power an advanced alien civilization, it might look a bit like Tabby’s Star. The strange celestial object, located some 1,300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, behaves unlike any star scientists have ever seen. Several years ago, researchers working on […]

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big – NPR

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 […]

NASA officials detail FY 2018 budget proposal – SpaceFlight Insider

NASA officials detail FY 2018 budget proposal – SpaceFlight Insider

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot discusses the FY 2018 budget during a State of NASA address. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the federal government Tuesday May 23, 2017. Much of what was proposed for NASA remains the same as what was seen in […]

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 […]

Watch NASA’s emergency spacewalk to repair the International Space Station – Washington Post

Early Tuesday morning, NASA astronaut and expedition commander Peggy Whitson left the International Space Station for her 10th spacewalk, and flight engineer Jack Fischer for his second. While Whitson tended to a replacement for a faulty computer, Fischer installed wireless communications antennas. The repairs lasted for more than two hours — long enough for the ISS to circle the Earth […]

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

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 […]

‘Doomsday’ tunnel entrance in Arctic flooded by melting permafrost – Atlanta Journal Constitution

The storage facility, which opened in 2008, was supposed to be an impregnable rock vault protecting the world’s food supply in the event of a global catastrophe, either man-made or natural, but The Guardian reports permafrost meltwater inundated the entrance to the tunnel leading to the seed vault after extremely warm winter temperatures in the […]

Ape that lived in Europe 7 million years ago could be human ancestor, controversial study suggests – Washington Post

Lower jaw of Graecopithecus freybergi. (Wolfgang Gerber/University of Tübingen) In 1944, German soldiers constructing a bunker in Greece uncovered a fossilized jawbone. The specimen was in poor shape, just a curve of mandible with its teeth mostly chipped away. “It was considered to be a specimen that nobody really knew what to do with,” said paleobiologist David […]

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 […]

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