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Water found an inch beneath the Martian surface could help future astronauts

Water found an inch beneath the Martian surface could help future astronauts

When the first astronauts land on Mars, they won’t be able to take everything they need with them. The logistics and weight of transporting so much material on one spacecraft, along with a crew, defies current technology. While scientists at NASA have discussed missions to deliver materials to the Red Planet ahead of a manned…MORE

Half-animal, half-human hybrids depicted on oldest discovered cave art

Half-animal, half-human hybrids depicted on oldest discovered cave art

Cave art depicting a hunting scene has been found in Indonesia dated to 44,000 years old, making it the oldest rock art created by humans. The painting itself is intriguing because it shows a group of figures that represent half-animal, half-human hybrids called therianthropes. The therianthropes are hunting warty pigs and dwarf buffaloes called anoas…MORE

Insects trapped in amber show that lice munched on feathered dinosaurs

Insects trapped in amber show that lice munched on feathered dinosaurs

Feathered dinosaurs were annoyed by tiny pests that are still familiar to many schoolchildren — and their horrified parents — today: lice. Scientists discovered previously unknown tiny insects similar to modern lice trapped in amber, along with a partially damaged dinosaur feather. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, provide the earliest…MORE

The real-life planets you may have first seen in a ‘Star Wars’ film

The real-life planets you may have first seen in a ‘Star Wars’ film

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a breathtaking diversity of planets. From the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, rebel ships and Imperial cruisers, we’ve seen a colorful variety of them come into view. Harsh deserts baked by twin suns, craggy caverns, lush forests, water worlds, mineral-coated surfaces, inhospitable ice,…MORE

Putin’s plan for America is working better than he could have hoped

Putin’s plan for America is working better than he could have hoped

A virus of misinformation and mistrust rages in America. On a melodramatic Monday, an independent report debunked Donald Trump’s claims that the FBI was biased in its investigation into his campaign’s 2016 links to Moscow. But the US President nevertheless bent the facts to say his suspicions had been vindicated. And the US Attorney General…MORE

The best science photos of the year, as decreed by the Royal Society

The best science photos of the year, as decreed by the Royal Society

Three bouncing oil droplets showing quantum physics in action. A clown fish peering out from the tentacles of a sea anemone affected by climate change. A cone-shaped cloud looming above a hill in the Yukon, Canada. Fish skirmishing in the wetlands of Hong Kong. A rare lunar phenomenon in Belarus. These are some of the…MORE

Authorities scrutinizing Twitter account in Florida naval air station attack

Authorities scrutinizing Twitter account in Florida naval air station attack

Investigators are scrutinizing a Twitter account they suspect is linked to the Saudi air force officer who carried out a deadly attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, a source familiar with the case tells CNN. Just minutes before authorities were first alerted to the deadly shooting carried out by Mohammed Alshamrani at Naval…MORE

How did Saturn’s moon get its tiger stripes? A ‘just so’ space story

How did Saturn’s moon get its tiger stripes? A ‘just so’ space story

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is an intriguing oddity. The tiny moon, only about 300 miles across, contains a rocky core and global subsurface ocean beneath an icy shell. Scientists believe the icy water world could be another potential spot for life in our solar system. And along the south pole, four “tiger stripes” can be seen.…MORE

Global weapons sales up as US manufacturers dominate world market

Global weapons sales up as US manufacturers dominate world market

The global arms industry continues to grow with total sales up 4.6% last year, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released Monday. The top 100 weapons companies sold $420 billion in arms and military services in 2018, and the top five companies are all from the United States, said SIPRI…MORE

Question of the Day

Dec 6

Q: In 1965 an astronaut smuggled a sandwich onto his spacecraft. What kind was it? A: Corned beef

Dec 5

Q: Scientists want to use parts of this critter to create a bio-degradable plastic substitute… A: Crustaceans (shells from the crabs, lobsters, shrimp we eat)

Dec 4

Q: 42,000 animals of this kind are on a dating app in the U.K… A: Cows