Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre – Space.com

In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have discovered a pair of space rocks, collectively called 288P, that don’t behave like anything previously observed in that region. The rocks’ strange characteristics could provide new clues about the formation of planets in the solar system, the scientists said. The two asteroids, collectively […]

This Neanderthal Child Grew Up Just Like Us – National Geographic

For more than 200,000 years, Neanderthals fanned out over Europe, at one time stretching from Britain almost to Mongolia. Once stereotyped as strong-browed brutes, our extinct cousins were more likely thoughtful, even sophisticated. This Neanderthal Child Grew Up Just Like Us – National Geographic

Most Powerful Cosmic Rays Come from Galaxies Far, Far Away – Space.com

The highest-energy cosmic rays to bombard Earth apparently come from galaxies far, far away, a new study finds. Cosmic rays are made of atomic nuclei of elements ranging from hydrogen to iron, and zip through outer space at speeds approaching that of light. Analyzing them gives scientists a way to examine matter from […]

Plant-eating dinosaurs ‘strayed from veggie diet’ – BBC News

Plant-eating dinosaurs ‘strayed from veggie diet’ – BBC News

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Duck-billed dinosaurs may have been tempted away from a vegetarian diet The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet has been called into question. New evidence suggests that some dinosaurs snacked on shellfish and insects as well as plant food. A study of fossilised droppings indicates […]

Scientists just discovered the first brainless animal that sleeps – Washington Post

A Cassiopea jellyfish rests upside-down on black sand and pulses, rhythmically contracting and relaxing its bell. At night, Cassiopea jellies pulse less frequently — a clue that they’re sleeping, researchers report. (Photo by JanEaster.com) It was well past midnight when Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath crept into the Caltech lab where they were keeping […]

The man whose biblical doomsday claim has some nervously eyeing Sept. 23 – Washington Post

Sept. 23 is 33 days since the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, seen here over Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Some people believe that is significant. (George Frey/Getty Images) David Meade, the self-described “specialist in research and investigations,” has earned a fair amount of publicity online for predicting that catastrophic events would soon befall […]

How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise – Smithsonian

How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise – Smithsonian

It was not yet dawn on the U.S. West Coast when the Cassini spacecraft sent its final message to Earth and began its suicide plunge into Saturn. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, scientists and engineers crowded into a packed mission control room, while others watched the signal unfold down the road on […]

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