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Scientists claim Antarctica is losing six times as much ice today than 40 years ago

Scientists claim Antarctica is losing six times as much ice today than 40 years ago

Scientists from the University of California, Irvine, NASA's JPL, and the Netherlands' Utrecht University have found that Antarctica is losing six times more ice each year today than it did 40 years ago. The researchers say that the accelerating ice loss caused global sea levels to rise over half an inch during that time.

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Chinese Chang’e 4 lunar lander cotton seeds are growing

Chinese Chang’e 4 lunar lander cotton seeds are growing

Space fans who have been following the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission might have thought they knew everything about the mission at this point. Some don't know that the lander had a payload of six organisms on board to test out on the lunar far side. Among those organisms aboard the lander are seeds that could be the foundation for human settlement.

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Study finds extreme GM food critics overestimate their knowledge

Study finds extreme GM food critics overestimate their knowledge

A newly published study has found that opponents of genetically modified (GM) foods don't know as much about the topic as they think they do. As part of their work, researchers asked participants their thoughts on the existence of GM foods, as well as how much they know about the topic. The participants were also quizzed to determine their actual knowledge on the topic, and the results aren't terribly shocking.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

NASA has announced that a SpaceX cargo ship has departed the ISS. The spacecraft was released by the Canadarm2 robotic arm sending the Dragon on a course that will return it to Earth. Astronaut Anne McClain supervised the process from the cupola of the ISS.

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China shares Chang’e 4 moon landing video

China shares Chang’e 4 moon landing video

China successfully put a lander and rover combo onto the surface of the moon becoming the first nation to explore the far side of the moon from its surface. China shared the first images taken from the far side of the moon earlier this month. Now China has shared video footage of the landing of Chang'e 4 showing the first time that man put a vehicle on to the lunar far side.

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Keck Observatory captures a celestial birthing event for the first time

Keck Observatory captures a celestial birthing event for the first time

During the time it has been in service, the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has made some fascinating discoveries in the night sky on its exploration of the universe. Astronomers at the observatory have announced that they have come closer to understanding a phenomenon that appeared in the northern sky this summer. The phenomena was dubbed AT2018cow and is known a "The Cow" for short.

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UC Berkeley study claims oceans warming faster than previously believed

UC Berkeley study claims oceans warming faster than previously believed

A new study from researchers at UC Berkeley claims that the oceans of the world are heating up faster than previously believed. One of the publishers of the paper on the topic is Zeke Hausfather, a grad student in the energy and Resources Group at Berkely. He states that ocean heating is an important indicator of climate change, noting that there is "robust evidence" that oceans are warming more rapidly than previously believed.

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Aging Hubble telescope suffers another serious glitch

Aging Hubble telescope suffers another serious glitch

It's only been a few months since the Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations. In October normal operations resumed after a glitch with the gyroscope on the telescope forced it into safe mode. NASA has now announced that Hubble has another serious glitch that has left one of the cameras onboard unusable.

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Black hole spinning at half the speed of light is devouring a star

Black hole spinning at half the speed of light is devouring a star

Astronomers back in 2014 were searching the night sky for something cool and found what they were looking for. On November 22, 2014, astronomers discovered a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy that lies 300 million light-years from Earth. That black hole had captured a passing star and was ripping it apart.

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Astronomers detect another batch of mysterious repeating fast radio bursts

Astronomers detect another batch of mysterious repeating fast radio bursts

In 2007, an astronomy professor and his student detected a fast radio burst, a phenomenon that has been detected many times in the years since. The mystery deepened in 2015 when multiple bursts were discovered to have come from the same location, the origins of which are still unknown. A newly published study reveals that scientists have detected a second source of these repeat fast radio bursts, as well as multiple FRBs from different locations.

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OSIRIS-REx NavCam 1 image shows the Earth, moon, and asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx NavCam 1 image shows the Earth, moon, and asteroid Bennu

Back in September of 2016, NASA launched a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx that went off without a hitch. The mission of the spacecraft was to make a flyby of an asteroid called Bennu, grab a sample of the Asteroid, and return it to Earth for study. In December of 2018, OSIRIS-REx discovered that Bennu had water on its surface after only days on station.

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NASA’s TESS discovers a dense and gaseous world three times the size of Earth

NASA’s TESS discovers a dense and gaseous world three times the size of Earth

NASA has announced that TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has discovered a third "small" planet outside our solar system. The announcement was made by scientists this week, and the new planet is called HD 21749b. The planet orbits a bright dwarf star that is about 53 light-years away in the constellation Reticulum.

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