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A glimpse into the future? Fascinating visualisation shows how Greenland would look without its ice sheet – Daily Mail

December 14, 2017 11:39:00 pm | 0 Comments

Researchers have found if all the ice on Greenland melted it would raise sea levels by 24 feet (7.4 metres)  Greenland is losing 260 million tonnes of ice each year and melt-water continues to flow under glaciers Highest peaks are coloured in red, the lowest-lying land is coloured green, sea-level is coloured in blue  By…

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Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread' – BBC News

December 14, 2017 11:34:52 pm | 0 Comments

Scientists have decoded the genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros – one of the most threatened mammals on Earth. Its genetic blueprint shows that populations have been in decline for a very long time. The rhino’s troubles began during the last Ice Age, when its habitat shrunk, says a US team. Since then, human pressures have…

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Blue Origin teases rocket factory opening on Space Coast – Orlando Sentinel

December 14, 2017 2:05:00 pm | 0 Comments

Blue Origin has teased the opening of its new factory on Florida’s Space Coast in a Tweet. Over a picture of a toy rocket shuttle, hard hat from the groundbreaking in 2016 and other knickknacks, the company included the message: “The moment you know you’ve officially moved into the rocket factory. #NewGlenn” The company will…

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Major Discovery: NASA Finds 8 Planets Orbiting Distant Star – CBS Local

December 14, 2017 1:50:00 pm | 0 Comments

(CNN) — For the first time, eight planets have been found orbiting a distant star, NASA announced Thursday. The planets are orbiting Kepler-90, which is 2,545 light-years from Earth in the Draco constellation. It is the first star known to support as many planets as are orbiting our own sun, and researchers believe that this…

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Weather looks good for SpaceX launch to ISS and landing at Cape Canaveral – Florida Today

December 14, 2017 1:42:08 pm | 0 Comments

CLOSE Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, talks about SpaceX’s two operational pads. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A in June 2017 on a commercial resupply mission to the ISS. The booster from this mission will…

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Preliminary Scan Suggests This Interstellar Visitor Is Not an Alien Spaceship – Gizmodo

December 14, 2017 1:05:00 pm | 0 Comments

Artist’s impression of ‘Oumuamua (Image: ESO) On October 19, 2017, astronomers witnessed the first known interstellar asteroid—a bizarre, cigar-shaped rock that, just as quickly as it entered into our Solar System, exited in a hurry. Not satisfied that ‘Oumuamua, as it’s been named, is just an odd asteroid, astronomers from Breakthrough Listen recently tuned their…

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Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak – The Register

December 14, 2017 12:57:33 pm | 0 Comments

It says so right here, in this paper Scientists have solved a 60-year mystery by figuring out the source of harmful and highly energetic electrons whizzing around in Earth’s inner radiation belt. Space is more than the final frontier. It is treacherous beyond belief. Earth is circled by swarms of charged particles, starting from 500km…

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Record Breaker! 8th Alien Planet Found Around Distant Star – Space.com

December 14, 2017 12:12:02 pm | 0 Comments

The discovery of an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90 marks the first time a star system has been found to have the same number of planets as our own solar system. NASA unveiled the discovery Dec. 14, 2017. Our solar system is not alone atop the planet-harboring heap anymore. Scientists have discovered another world…

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Tick fossil found. Dinosaur DNA inside. Theme park doubtful – Digital Trends

December 14, 2017 12:08:53 pm | 0 Comments

Remember how Jurassic Park started with geologists finding chunks of amber containing mosquitoes filled with dinosaur blood? An international team of scientists led by researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford just made a similar discovery — evidence that ticks once fed on the blood of dinosaurs — after studying parasites preserved in a 99 million-year-old…

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Trump Wants to Go to the Moon. Do Private Space Companies? – Slate Magazine

December 14, 2017 11:49:26 am | 0 Comments

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Sergydv/Thinkstock and Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images. On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a new space policy directive, aimed at sending American astronauts back to the moon. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been obsessing over this goal for months now. In a recent interview with Scientific American, Scott…

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