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Two US astronauts docked at International Space Station in SpaceX Nasa mission
Two US astronauts docked at International Space Station in SpaceX Nasa mission

Two US astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Their Dragon capsule - supplied and operated by the private SpaceX company - edged them into port on the high-flying lab's bow section. The men will have to wait for leak and pressure checks to be completed before they can disembark and join the Russian and American crew already on the ISS

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Sun May 31 - BBC
Pangolins played a major role in coronavirus transmission, study shows
Pangolins played a major role in coronavirus transmission, study shows

A team of researchers from Duke University and Los Alamos National Laboratory reported in the journal Science Advances that the novel coronavirus seems to have spent some time infecting both bats and pangolins before it jumped into humans. It is clear that coronavirus has swapped genes repeatedly with similar strains infecting bats, pangolins, and a possible third species, study shows.

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Sun May 31 - CNN
Sun unleashes biggest flare since 2017. Is our star waking up?
Sun releases biggest flare since 2017

On May 29, sun fired off its strongest flare since October 2017, an eruption spotted by NASA's sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). "However, it takes at least six months of solar observations and sunspot-counting after a minimum to know when it's occurred," NASA officials wrote today in an update announcing SDO's flare detection .

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Sat May 30 - Space
Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life
Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life

The announcement of the new Russian space station comes as NASA moves a step closer to ending its reliance on Roscosmos rockets to send astronauts to the ISS. After the ISS ends its life Roscosmos plans to take the modules it built for the station and use them as the base parts of its new orbiting space station - which will take a decade to build

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Fri May 29 - Dailymail
Tesla CEO Elon Musk awarded stock worth more than $700 million as electric car maker hits goals
Elon Musk's $700 million jackpot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has qualified for a compensation package worth about $770 million after the electric vehicle company hit certain goals reflecting its rapid growth in recent years. The company said he had received the right to buy about 1.688 million shares of Tesla stock at a price of $350.02, which is where the stock was trading when the compensation package was set.

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Fri May 29 - Usatoday
Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakens, Impacting Satellites and Spacecraft: Space Agency
Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakens

The Earth’s magnetic field is weakening between Africa and South America, causing problems for spacecraft and satellites, scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have said. “The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously,” said Jürgen Matzka, from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, in an ESA news release.

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Tue May 26 - Theepochtimes
China set to launch Mars probe and rover mission in July – TechCrunch
China's Mars probe and rover mission

China set to launch a Mars mission in July.This will be the first rover mission to Mars for China’s space program, and is one of the many ways that it’s aiming to better compete with NASA’s space exploration efforts. The nation’s space program also recently test-launched a new crew spacecraft, which will eventually be used in its mission to land Chinese astronauts on the surface of the Moon in July

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Tue May 26 - Techcrunch
A stitch in time: How a quantum physicist invented new code from old tricks
A quantum physicist invented a new code from old tricks

Dr. Benjamin Brown from the School of Physics has developed a type of error-correcting code for quantum computers that will free up more hardware to do useful calculations. "Because quantum information is so fragile, it produces a lot of errors," said Dr. Brown, a research fellow at the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

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Sat May 23 - Phys
NASA is looking for participants to isolate in a Russian lab for 8 months
NASA seeking participants for a new mission

NASA is seeking US citizens for an eight-month study on social isolation in preparation for missions to Mars and the moon. The research is being done to study the effects of isolation and confinement as participants work to complete simulated space missions. NASA will consider other participants with a bachelor's degree and other qualifications such as military or professional experience.

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Sat May 23 - Cnn
Climate change is causing Antarctica's snow to turn green, study says
Antarctica's snow is turning green, reason is climate change

According to a recent study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, the vibrant color is caused by microscopic algae blooming across the surface of the snow. Using satellite data and fieldwork observations, a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey have created the first large-scale map of the green algae and predicted the future spread of the bizarre snow.

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Fri May 22 - Cbsnews
NASA will pay you to spend 8 months locked in a Mars simulation
NASA is recruiting volunteers

NASA is recruiting volunteers to spend eight months locked up in a simulated spacecraft on its way to Mars. You might be asking yourself why any of this is necessary, especially when NASA already sends humans to the International Space Station for many months on end.

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Thu May 21 - Bgr
Earth’s magnetic north moving at a ‘rapid pace’: report
Concerns regarding Earth’s magnetic north pole

Concerns are rising regarding the movement of Earth's magnetic north pole. Actually, it’s been on the move for a few years, and, according to a Popular Mechanics report, it’s moving at “a rapid pace.” The magnetic north pole was first identified in Canada’s Nunavut territory in 1831, according to the report and scientists have measured it since.

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Sat May 16 - Pennlive
Covid-19 and swimming: The scientific factors you should know
Pool, Chlorine and COVID-19

"There's nothing about a pool that would eliminate the need for social distancing, avoiding contaminated surfaces, or not breathing air from somebody who's close by," Purdue University's Ernest Blatchley said . Currently, there's no data exploring how common water disinfectants affect the Covid-19 virus specifically. It's possible that the virus may be more sensitive to chlorine and other common water disinfectants than other viruses because it has an envelope structure.

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Sat May 16 - Inverse
Famous Mars meteorite discovered with interesting, new organics
New organic molecules discovered in famous Mars meteorite

According to a new study, Nitrogen, together with organic molecules , carbon-rich molecules that are considered the building blocks of life as we know it have been spotted in the Alan Hills meteorite.. Even though the Alan Hills sample has been in the news before, this was the first definitive evidence that there was nitrogen in the meteorite.

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Wed May 13 - Teslarati
4-year-old Port Orchard boy describes seeing meteor over Puget Sound
4-year-old Port Orchard boy describes meteor experience

Four-year-old Tobin was one of the few people to see the meteor that streaked through the sky this week and resulted in a loud boom heard around Puget Sound. People across Puget Sound heard the loud boom Wednesday evening that was the result of a meteor, but few people saw it as it streaked across the sky. The boy described it scary and horrific

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Sun May 10 - King5
'Jurassic Park' raptors may not have hunted in packs like they did in the movies
Interesting theory about Raptors

Raptors may not have hunted in packs, that's the finding of a new study that analyzed teeth from Deinonychus antirrhopus, wolf-sized raptors that lived in what is now North America during the Cretaceous Period more than 100 million years ago.

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Sat May 09 - CNN
Sea levels could rise more than a metre by 2100, experts say
Sea levels could rise as much as 1.3 meters, report says

According to a recent research report, In the worst-case scenario , with rising emissions and global heating of 4.5C above pre-industrial levels, the study estimates the surface of the world’s oceans in 2100 will be between 0.6 and 1.3 meters higher than today, which would potentially engulf areas home to hundreds of millions of people.

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Fri May 08 - Theguardian
When Did Mars Lose its Global Magnetic Field?
Mars and its Global Magnetic Field?

According to a recent study, Like Earth, Mars's global magnetic field is believed to have been the result of a dynamo effect caused by an action in its core. However, rock samples that were taken from three large Basins – Hellas, Argyre, and Isidis – which formed 3.9 billion years ago – led most scientists to the conclusion that the dynamo was inactive by this time

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Fri May 08 - Universetoday
Space agency: Human urine could help make concrete on moon
Urea could help make concrete on moon

The European Space Agency said researchers in a recent study it sponsored found that urea, the main organic compound in urine, would make the mixture for a “lunar concrete” more malleable before it hardens into its sturdy final form. “The hope is that astronaut urine could be essentially used as it is on a future lunar base, with minor adjustments to the water content,” study co-author Marlies Arnhof said

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Fri May 08 - Apnews
Scientists Just Found Closest Black Hole to Earth
Scientists Discovered Closest Black Hole to the Earth

The European astronomers have found the closest black hole to Earth yet, so near that the two stars dancing with it can be seen by the naked eye. The black hole is part of what used to be a three-star dance in a system called HR6819.

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Fri May 08 - Indiagoneviral
China’s new spacecraft—which resembles a Crew Dragon—just landed
China’s new spacecraft looks like a Crew Dragon

China's new spacecraft just landed and it looks like a crew dragon, The mission also served to test a new variant of the country's most powerful rocket, the Long March 5B, which also was deemed a success. This is on par with the high-speed return made by NASA's Orion spacecraft during its uncrewed Exploration Flight Test-1 mission in 2014, when the capsule reached a peak altitude of 5,800km.

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Fri May 08 - Arstechnica
China takes another major step toward space station with new rocket launch
China launches a new rocket, inching closer to the space station

According to the reports from stat-run news agency Xinhua, China's latest large carrier rocket made its first successful flight Tuesday, marks an important step in the nation's plan to build a space station. The new rocket model is a variant of the Long March-5 and can carry larger payloads -- up to 22 tonnes into low-Earth orbit.

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Thu May 07 - CNN
Ancient Earth-like rivers found on Mars are 3.7 billion years old
3.7 billion years old rivers found on Mars

NASA says some of the satellite images show the existence of mysterious streaks on Mars, caused by flowing water. New research has shown that billions of years ago, there wasn't just water present on Mars, but entire rivers and lakes!. This latest research shows the first ever evidence that there were rivers and lakes on Mars' surface around 3.7 billion years ago.

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Thu May 07 - BBC
Pentagon's new mission
Thu May 07
Pentagon announces new mission for secretive space drone
Pentagon's new mission

The US Air Force said Wednesday that it would be sending its high-tech X-37B space drone back into orbit this month, makes it the sixth trip for the reusable vehicle that maneuvers around the Earth on secretive missions. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a small version of the manned space shuttles retired in 2011, will be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on May 16, AirForce said.

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Thu May 07 - Yahoo
Other countries are also working on a similar vaccine, image via Getty Images
Coronavirus vaccine begins pre-clinical trials in Australia

Australia's national science agency has begun pre-clinical trials to find a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus. This stage will likely take three months and experts say the vaccine will probably not be ready until late next year. Although the process is going much faster than usual, it is unlikely that the vaccine will be available this year.

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Thu Apr 02 - Reuters