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NASA skywatcher says a brand-new 'meteor storm' from a shattered comet might blaze across night skies next week

NASA skywatcher says a brand-new ‘meteor storm’ from a shattered comet might blaze across night skies next week

Meteors of the Perseid Meteor Shower as they dart across the night sky, on August 14, 2016, in Terlingua, Texas.Future Publishing A meteor shower could light up skies over North America at the tail end of Memorial Day weekend. The shower could become a rare “meteor storm,” with at least 1,000 meteors each hour, experts …

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Robotic buoys developed to keep Atlantic right whales safe

Robotic buoys developed to keep Atlantic right whales safe

A Cape Cod science center and one of the world’s largest shipping businesses are collaborating on a project to use robotic buoys to protect a vanishing whale from lethal collisions with ships. A lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed the technology, which uses buoys and underwater gliders to record whale sounds in near real …

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An engineer who's booked to fly on Bezos' Blue Origin will become the first Mexican-born woman to fly to space.  She says she had to keep her career dreams secret because of discrimination in the space industry.

An engineer who’s booked to fly on Bezos’ Blue Origin will become the first Mexican-born woman to fly to space. She says she had to keep her career dreams secret because of discrimination in the space industry.

Katya Echazarreta next to Blue Origin’s New Shepard flying toward space on December 11, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.Space for Humanity/Mario Tama/Getty Images Katya Echazarreta will be the first Mexican-born woman to fly to space, via Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. She told Insider she’s kept her career dreams secret because people said she couldn’t accomplish …

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Moondust buster?  NASA funds far-out research projects, including four in Washington state

Moondust buster? NASA funds far-out research projects, including four in Washington state

An artist’s conception shows astronauts at work on the moon. (NASA Illustration) How do you keep moondust from gumming up the works in NASA’s future spacesuits and spacecraft? That’s one of the issues addressed in the latest batch of projects backed by NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. “NASA is working on ambitious, groundbreaking missions …

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Scientists fully sequenced DNA of a man who died at Pompeii and found he may have had a disease that hindered his escape

Scientists fully sequenced DNA of a man who died at Pompeii and found he may have had a disease that hindered his escape

Two individuals, a man and a woman, laying as they died in the House of the Craftsman in Pompeii, Italy.Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1934, p. 286, fig. 10. For the first time, scientists fully sequenced the genome of a man who died in the Pompeii eruption. Researchers think volcanic ash entombed the bodies and …

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A Los Angeles teen led a fight to shut down urban oil wells, survived cancer, and won a 'Green Nobel'

A Los Angeles teen led a fight to shut down urban oil wells, survived cancer, and won a ‘Green Nobel’

Naleli Cobo in front of the closed AllenCo site.Tamara Leigh Photography for the Goldman Environmental Prize Naleli Cobo has spent half her life fighting to end oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles. Cobo and her neighbors became sick as a nearby oil well site leaked potentially toxic gas into the air. The 21-year-old won …

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How do dolphins name themselves?  A study on signature whistles offers clues

How do dolphins name themselves? A study on signature whistles offers clues

Young dolphins, within the first few months of life, display their creativity by creating a unique sound. These bleats, chirps and squeaks amount to a novel possession in the animal kingdom — a label that conveys an identity, comparable to a human name. These labels are called signature whistles, and they play an essential role …

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