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20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America's oldest marine mammal
sea cowWednesday February 20, 2019 5:30AM ET
Steven Manchester didn\'t set out to discover Central America\'s oldest known marine mammal. He was hoping to find fossil plants.
Confirming a source of the process behind auroras and the formation of stars
aurorasWednesday February 20, 2019 5:13AM ET
Fast magnetic reconnection, the rapid convergence, separation and explosive snapping together of magnetic field lines, gives rise to northern lights, solar flares and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt cell phone service and electric power grids.
Weak spots for mission to Mars revealed
MarsTuesday February 19, 2019 5:31AM ET
Northwestern University researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to Mars.
Russia to send tourists to near-Earth orbit on 'space yacht'
Moscow aviation instituteMonday February 18, 2019 5:31AM ET
Russia is developing a \"space yacht\" that is able to take off from ordinary airfields like an aircraft to send tourists to near-Earth orbit, a chief designer of NPO Aviation and Space Technologies told Sputnik news agency.
Great Barrier Reef hit by polluted floodwaters
Great Barrier ReefFriday February 15, 2019 5:30AM ET
Leading scientists have expressed concern after polluted floodwaters hit an \"extraordinarily large area\" of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Heart-shaped diamond found in Russia's Far East
Heart-shaped diamondFriday February 15, 2019 4:23AM ET
A heart-shaped rough diamond has been found at the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe in Russia\'s far-eastern Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian top diamond miner Alrosa said.
Paul Allen’s Petrel research vessel finds USS Hornet, 77 years after sinking
USS HornetWednesday February 13, 2019 6:42AM ET
Another historic shipwreck discovery for the Petrel, the research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen: This time it’s the USS Hornet, the World War II aircraft carrier that was sunk by Japanese forces in 1942.
World faces catastrophic risks over insect extinction
butterflyTuesday February 12, 2019 5:42AM ET
The world\'s insects are on the road to extinction and could vanish in 100 years, according to the first global review of decades of research into insect populations.
Liberal sprinkling of salt discovered around a young star
young starTuesday February 12, 2019 5:02AM ET
A team of astronomers and chemists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has detected the chemical fingerprints of sodium chloride (NaCl) and other similar salty compounds emanating from the dusty disk surrounding Orion Source I, a massive, young star in a dusty cloud behind the Orion Nebula.
Russia plans to land on moon in 2031 and build lunar base in 2034
TsNIIMashMonday February 11, 2019 6:05AM ET
Russia\'s first manned expedition to the moon will take place in 2031. Russia aims to send astronauts to the moon every year, RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a document by the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash), a subsidiary of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Name of UK Mars rover to be named after female scientist
Rosalind FranklinFriday February 8, 2019 6:12AM ET
The British built rover that will roam over the surface of Mars in 2021 has been named after the female scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA.
Fish recognize themselves in the mirror
Labroides dimidiatusFriday February 8, 2019 5:25AM ET
A species of fish, the cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), responds to its reflection and attempts to remove marks on its body during the mirror test, a method held as the gold standard for determining if animals are self-aware.
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