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Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

We're learning today that things are looking grim for many species of nonhuman primates. A new report published in Science Advances says that more than half of primate species are facing extinction, and even more are experiencing declining populations. The report also pegs humans as the cause of the troubles our closest biological relatives are facing, which at this point may not come as much of a surprise.

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Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

The UK-based Antarctic research project MIDAS has issued an update about the Larsen C ice shelf rift, saying it grew by 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) over the course of January. The expansion was determined using the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and it brings the total rift size up to a scary 175 kilometers. Only 20 kilometers of ice connect the iceberg with the ice shelf’s edge.

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NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA has announced a pair of new space missions called “Lucy” and “Psyche,” the latter of which will investigate a never-before-studied asteroid that may be composed almost entirely of nickel and iron. That asteroid — described as being giant in size as well as heavily metallic — is named 16 Psyche, and is thought to have a composition not unlike that of the Earth’s core.

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2016 was the warmest year on record… again

2016 was the warmest year on record… again

This won't come as much of a shocker to most of you, but NASA and NOAA have announced that 2016 was the warmest year on record. Those of you who follow such news will know that 2016 is breaking a record set by 2015, which itself broke a record set by 2014. In other words, 2016 was the third year in a row to set surface temperature records.

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You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

Epic photos from NASA's space missions aren't a rare occurrence, but they don't come more dramatic than the latest image beamed back by the Cassini spacecraft. Currently in close orbit around Saturn, as it prepares to enter the final stages of its long mission, Cassini snapped the closest-ever photo of Daphnis, known as the planet's "wavemaker moon". The orbiting rock is just five miles across.

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Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Niantic has revealed their next sponsorship deal with a brand - Project Everyone, making a push for awareness of The Global Goals campaign at the World Economic Forum. Before now, Pokemon GO had only opened Sponsored Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms in the game Pokemon GO with consumer brands. With this sponsorship deal, Pokemon GO becomes an awareness partner for the support of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Pokemon GO might really, truly (help to) save the planet!

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Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

It's been a little while since we've heard from the Mars Curiosity rover, but over the past few weeks, it's been very busy examining what could be evidence of mud cracks in a slab of Martian rock. That slab of rock - dubbed Old Soaker by NASA scientists - features many raised ridges that could have been created by drying mud billions of years ago. If that's the case, then we'll have even more evidence for a wetter environment in the planet's past.

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NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA has released a video showing a simulation of the Huygens probe’s descent and landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan. This probe’s landing is notable as the most distant landing to ever take place on another celestial body, says the space agency, and is also the only time something like this has landed on a ‘body’ located in the outer solar system. The probe's landing happened back in 2005, though the video itself is new.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX's first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad explosion of their previous rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The world’s tightest knot is too small to see

The world’s tightest knot is too small to see

A group of researchers have achieved a new record, but you can’t see it with the naked eye. Scientists with the University of Manchester have formed the tightest knot to ever grace our blue marble, at least as far as humans are aware, and they did so using molecular strands. Though the final knot is only about 20 nanometers long, it could lead to the creation of new, more advanced materials.

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Researchers use salmonella to attack deadly brain cancer tumors

Researchers use salmonella to attack deadly brain cancer tumors

Researchers with Duke University have detailed a new project in which salmonella was successfully tapped to target cancerous brain tumors. According to the university, biomedical engineers set their sights on a solution for one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer, the glioblastoma. Patients have only a 10-percent chance of surviving five years following their diagnoses of this cancer, but a potential new treatment may double those numbers.

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Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Back in 1789, the Saturn moon Mimas was discovered by William Herschel, the man after whom the moon's Herschel Crater is named. This crater is massive and fairly round in shape, with rising walls around the edge and a large triangular peak in the middle...all of which are reminiscent of the Death Star, earning Mimas its nickname. NASA has just released a new photo showing off the moon and its giant crater with sharp, high-contrast clarity.

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