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Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars

Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars

A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the prospect of tiny, swimming Martian life. Italian scientists reported their findings Monday, two years after identifying what they believed to be a large buried lake. They widened their coverage area by a couple hundred miles, using...

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New dinosaur species found buried by volcanic eruption in China

New dinosaur species found buried by volcanic eruption in China

Archeologists in China have discovered two perfectly preserved fossils of a new 125 million-year-old dinosaur species. The new species of burrowing dinosaur was discovered in the Lujiatun Beds, the oldest layers of the famous Yixian Formation in northeast China, according to a news release. Scientists believe they were trapped by a volcanic eruption while resting...

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Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Paleontologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest animal sperm, frozen in tree resin 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in Myanmar. The oldest known examples of fossilised animal sperm were previously a mere 17 million years old, according to the team of experts led by Wang He of the Chinese...

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SpaceX gears up for 12-mile-high test flight with Starship SN8 prototype

SpaceX gears up for 12-mile-high test flight with Starship SN8 prototype

The next big leap for SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Starship spacecraft appears to be right around the corner. Two full-size Starship prototypes, known as SN5 and SN6, recently performed 500-foot-high (150 meters) test hops at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, near the village of Boca Chica. And the next vehicle in line is nearly ready to soar much...

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Greenland sharks could live nearly 400 years-study

Greenland sharks could live nearly 400 years-study

While time may feel like it’s standing still for many of us in 2020, this pandemic year is but a blink of an eye for the world’s longest-living vertebrates– Greenland sharks. Greenland sharks, which are found in north Atlantic and Arctic waters, can live for centuries. Some of the oldest known members of the species...

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US Air Force to Use ‘Robot Dogs’ for Base Security

US Air Force to Use ‘Robot Dogs’ for Base Security

The US Air Force will test “electric pets”, this time for base security. If you’re a fan of the Black Mirror series, the news about a robot dog being used to guard a military objective against intruders may sound like predictive programming, but here’s what reality will look like in a few short years: The...

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Space travel can lead to new motor skills but impaired vision—study

Space travel can lead to new motor skills but impaired vision—study

A recent study examined the brains of eight male Russian cosmonauts roughly seven months after they returned from lengthy missions to the International Space Station and it showed them develop new motor skills. The researchers in the study published last Friday discovered minor changes in the cosmonauts’ brains that suggested the men were more dexterous...

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Flying-V Airplane Makes Successful Maiden Flight

Flying-V Airplane Makes Successful Maiden Flight

An energy-efficient aircraft called the Flying-V has made a successful test flight in Germany last week. Researchers and engineers from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) conducted the successful test flight together with a drone pilot operator in a German airbase on September 1 The first real test flight of the scaled flight model...

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