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Fireball ‘as bright as the moon’ lands in Lake Huron - MLive.com
Some people on the Canadian side of Lake Huron got a good, quick view of this phenomenon before it disappeared.
https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/01/fi...


For hottest planet, a major meltdown, study shows - Phys.org
In the scorching atmosphere of exoplanet KELT-9b, even molecules are torn to shreds.
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-hottest-pl...


SLS Core Stage in Stennis B-2 Stand to start Green Run campaign - NASASpaceflight.com
The Green Run test campaign for the first NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage…
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/CO/...


NASA's resilient Curiosity Rover bounces back once more after attitude issue - Teslarati
NASA’s Curiosity rover had a little attitude problem earlier this week. The issue sidelined the rover for a brief time, but the golf cart-sized robot is back to roaming the red planet. In rover speak, “attitude” doesn’t mean Curiosity is being sassy, but rath…
https://www.teslarati.com/nasa-curiosity...


NASA is hiring someone to help figure out how to get Mars rocks back to Earth — and the position pays at least $182,000 - msnNOW
The Mars Sample Return mission aims to get pristine rocks from the red planet back to Earth, perhaps by the end of the decade.
https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-pos...


Dark Matter Detector Gets Life Extending Fix During Space Walk - NPR
Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station make their fourth foray outside the spacecraft to prolong the lifespan of a cosmic ray detector.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/MO/...


NASA scientists planning Mars 2020 mission say this planet could hold answers about Earth - CBS News
Venus' heat-trapping atmosphere – 97% carbon dioxide – and 900-degree average surface temperature present both a challenge and an opportunity for learning about Earth's formation.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/NE/...


Spacewalkers fix unexpected leak during final work to repair $2 billion cosmic ray detector - CBS News
The last in a series of spacewalks should put a $2 billion scientific instrument back in business.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacewalk-i...


Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared - WIRED
The Spitzer Space Telescope wasn’t big, but its view of the universe was certainly mighty.
https://www.wired.com/story/space-photos...


Advanced Timber Architecture Gives New Life To Wooden Structures - Hackaday
When it comes to building materials, wood doesn’t always draw the most attention as the strongest in the bunch. That honor usually goes to concrete and steel – steel embedded in concret…
https://hackaday.com/2020/01/25/advanced...


This vampire star is feeding on its companion to create a ‘super-outburst’ - Digital Trends
Astronomers have spotted a vampire star feeding on one of its brethren in a dwarf nova. A nova is marked by the sudden appearance of a bight, seemingly new star, which fades over a period of weeks or months. What is unusual about this particular nova is that …
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/...


The most complete brain map ever is here: A fly’s “connectome“ - Ars Technica
It took 12 years and at least $40 million to chart a region about 250 micrometers across—about the thickness of two strands of hair.
https://www.wired.com/story/most-complet...


Mysterious Footprints Indicate Neanderthals Climbed a Volcano Right After It Erupted - ScienceAlert
According to legend, the devil once took a walk down the side of a volcano in southern Italy, each step preserved forever in solid rock.
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of...


Astronomers worry think SpaceX's darkened Starlink satellites will work - Business Insider - Business Insider
Elon Musk has promised SpaceX satellites won't interfere with scientific discoveries — but scientists aren't so sure.
https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-d...


Has physicist's gravity theory solved 'impossible' dark energy riddle? - The Guardian
Prof Claudia de Rham’s ‘massive gravity’ theory could explain why universe expansion is accelerating
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020...


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