NASA’s 2018 mission to Mars will take along this giant laser flashlight – Blastr

When NASA finally gets around to sending an unmanned rocket to Mars in 2018, it will carry along this blinding laser flashlight in its payload as part of an exploratory tool box to deploy along the way.  Intended to be used in one of 13 different experiments initiated during the Space Launch System’s planned rendezvous […]

How indigenous land rights factor into climate goals – Christian Science Monitor

Recognizing the land rights and concerns of indigenous people should be a key part of global efforts to stop deforestation, an international network of forest policy groups said at a meeting in London on Wednesday. But the public and private sector businesses that are involved in producing and extracting commodities in developing countries need to […]

Deep Space ‘Flying Saucer’ is One Cool Planet-Forming Disk – Discovery News

Astronomers have found a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star with a rather chilly secret: the planetary building blocks it contains are cold, so cold in fact that it doesn’t jibe with current planetary formation models. The star, called 2MASS J16281370-2431391, is located some 400 light-years from Earth in the Rho Ophiuchi star formation region. […]

Cassini Finds Saturn’s Rings Are Weirdly Thin – Discovery News

If a material is thicker, it should be less transparent, right? It turns out that in Saturn’s rings, that’s not always the case. A new examination of the B ring shows that even though it’s the most opaque of Saturn’s rings, it’s not the densest one. ANALYSIS: Mysterious ‘Spokes’ in Saturn’s Rings are Still There […]

Prehistoric Humans Supplemented Their Diets With Tortoises – Tech Times

Turtle meat may be a delicacy today, but for early humans, tortoises were necessary for survival. A supplement to a diet of mainly large game, tortoises were found to have been consumed roasted in their shells.(Photo : Justin Ennis | Flickr) Turtle soup is considered a delicacy in East Asia today, but it turns out […]

Agency: North Korea plans satellite launch this month – FOX13 Memphis

by: HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Updated: Feb 2, 2016 – 10:09 AM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, in what critics see as a covert test of banned technology for a ballistic missile […]

Lost lion population discovered in remote Ethiopia park – CNN

And while the team did not see any lions, they were able to capture clear images of the big cats on overnight trap cameras, determining that they are most likely the rare Central African sub-species. It’s an exciting prospect for conservationists who have seen the number of lions steeply decline in recent years. The number […]

3D Printed Gel Unveils Secret Of How Human Brain Folds – Tech Times

Scientists used a 3D-printed gel model to reveal how the brain gets its signature wrinkled look. The fetal brain starts off with a smooth surface. Wrinkling or folding is nature’s way of packing a powerful, large processor in a small skull.(Photo : Popular Science Monthly Volume 46 | Wikimedia) Scientists have cracked how the human […]

What created the moon? Rocks suggest colossal impact. – Christian Science Monitor

The colossal impact that created the moon may have spawned the cosmic mashup between the rocks that ultimately became Earth and its lunar neighbor, researchers say. Previous research suggested that about 100 million years after the solar system formed 4.6 billion years ago, the newborn Earth was hit by a Mars-size rock named Theia, named after […]

Humans’ appetite for big eggs led to extinction of 500-pound bird – Christian Science Monitor

Ancient humans ate the eggs of gigantic, flightless birds, a recent study finds. The study was conducted by a team of Australian and American scientists, who analyzed burn patterns on eggshell fragments. The giant bird, which scientists have dubbed Genyornis newtoni, weighed roughly 500 pounds and stood about seven feet tall. Its eggs would have […]

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