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Is the mission over for the Mars Opportunity rover?

Is the mission over for the Mars Opportunity rover?

It may be time to finally say goodbye to the Opportunity rover. NASA will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET today to discuss the results of recovery efforts since a dust storm encircled Mars last year. Opportunity hasn’t communicated with engineers since June 10. Dust has blocked out the sunlight, and even the…MORE

China and India are making the planet greener, NASA says

China and India are making the planet greener, NASA says

The Earth is facing a climate crisis, but it’s also getting greener and leafier. According to new research, the rise is largely courtesy of China and India. A study by NASA, based on extensive satellite imagery and published in the journal Nature Sustainability, has revealed that the two countries with the world’s biggest populations are…MORE

Newly discovered titanosaur fossil had a heart-shaped tail

Newly discovered titanosaur fossil had a heart-shaped tail

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, researchers have announced the discovery of a recently unknown dinosaur fossil hiding a heart-shaped surprise in its tail. The study detailing the fossil was published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday. The new species has been named Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia. In Swahili, this means “animal of the Mtuka with…MORE

Ancient mucus trail led to oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

Ancient mucus trail led to oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

A fossilized mucus trail led to the discovery of the oldest evidence for mobility on Earth, dating to 2.1 billion years ago, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, the oldest known traces of movement were dated to 570 million years ago, so this discovery…MORE

Migrant rescue ship renamed in honor of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi

Migrant rescue ship renamed in honor of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi

It’s been more than three years since the body of 3-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish shore, his lifeless body face down in the sand. The disturbing image of his death showed to the world the dangers that Syrian refugees faced as they fled their country amid a devastating civil war.…MORE

‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

Researchers have been investigating the incredible cargo from an 800-year-old shipwreck for years, trying to uncover its secrets. Now, with the help of what researchers called an X-ray gun, they know more about where the beautiful ceramics found on board were made and about the ship’s route. Fishermen found the wreck in the 1980s in…MORE

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

An odd kind of asteroid has been hiding out in our solar system, close to Venus, and it took a new state-of-the-art surveying camera to detect it. The Zwicky Transient Facility, known as ZTF, was installed on the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the California Institute of Technology’s Palomar Observatory in March. Since then, it has…MORE

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

When NASA’s InSight lander was on its seven-month trip to Mars, it wasn’t alone. Two suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, followed InSight on its journey. They were the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. And now, they’ve fallen silent. During InSight’s entry, descent and landing on November 26, the MarCO satellites received and transmitted…MORE

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

A day after Pope Francis created an international uproar by saying Catholics nuns had been subjected to “sexual slavery” by the founder of a French order, the Vatican sought to clarify his remarks. “When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of ‘sexual slavery,’ he meant ‘manipulation,’ a form of abuse…MORE

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