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  • Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

    April 27, 2017 4:11 AM 63

    San Diego Natural History Museum Paleontologist Steve Walsh pointing at rock fragment embedded in caliche concretion. A view of two mastodon femur balls, one faced up and once faced down. Neural spine of a vertebra exposed (lower right) and a broken rib (lower left). San Diego Natural History Museum Paleontologist Steve Walsh holding a mastodon molar

  • Horny male seeks mate: Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder

    April 25, 2017 3:29 PM 35

    NAIROBI, April 25 (Reuters) - Like many guys using the Tinder dating app, Sudan loves the outdoors and travels widely. The catch: he's the world's last male white northern rhino and desperately needs to mate. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me," reads his profile. "I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass

  • Orbital ATK Composites Support Successful Launch to International Space Station

    April 24, 2017 5:57 AM 47

    Last week, Orbital ATK successfully launched its Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle. Orbital ATK’s composite structures and retro motors supported the launch of the ULA Atlas V rocket. The company manufactured a 10-foot wide composite heat shield for the launch vehicle

  • On Earth Day, following these Google Doodle tips can help you to conserve the planet

    April 22, 2017 4:01 AM 33

    To celebrate Earth Day, Google doodle team has created a slideshow of animated images from a children's book. The illustrations narrate the story of a fox dreaming about polluted oceans and the adverse impact of climate change. Upon waking, he and his friends find ways to protect and nurture the environment. In India, March for Science will be organised

  • In ‘grand finale,’ Cassini spacecraft sets off on collision course with Saturn

    April 21, 2017 11:24 AM 45

    Cassini is bravely going where no spacecraft has gone before — between Saturn and its rings. The probe, which launched in 1997 and has orbited Saturn since 2004, starts this daring expedition April 22. It will fly through the 2,400-kilometer-wide gap between Saturn and its rings 22 times before plunging into the planet’s atmosphere and burning up on Sept. 15. Mission

  • Newly discovered 'super-Earth' may be the 'most exciting exoplanet'

    April 19, 2017 7:02 PM 27

    An artist's concept image of the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. Of the seven exoplanets discovered orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, this one may be the most suitable for life. It is similar in size to Earth, is a little cooler than Earth's temperature and is in the habitable zone of the star, meaning liquid water (and even oceans)

  • Orbital ATK Set to Launch Cargo to Space Station on Tuesday

    April 18, 2017 6:14 AM 36

    A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, nestled atop an Atlas V rocket, is poised for take off during a 30-minute launch window beginning at 11:11am (8:41pm IST) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The cargo

  • NASA Says Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Conditions Necessary for Life

    April 14, 2017 5:43 AM 48

    An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency

  • NASA Reveals New Hints of Life in Space

    April 13, 2017 8:34 PM 37

    It was always clear Enceladus was up to something strange. From the moment astronomers began closely observing the small Saturnian moon, they noticed an odd bulge in the planet's outermost ring — the E ring — that seemed to be following Enceladus through its orbits. It was almost as if the little 313-mile (504 km) diameter world was outgassing something

  • NASA releases global maps of ‘night light’ on Earth

    April 13, 2017 5:21 PM 35

    Daily, high definition views may be available soon NASA scientists have released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. Satellite images of Earth at night have been a source of curiosity for public and a tool for fundamental research for nearly 25 years