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The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had perfect timing, research shows

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had perfect timing, research shows

Despite all that we know about the dinosaurs, there's still a lot to learn, and today we're discovering more about their disappearance from our fair planet. New research that delves into the asteroid that hit Earth, making the dinosaurs go extinct as a result, is giving us a window into just what happened to make the impact so severe. As it turns out, the size of the asteroid and the force of the impact may not have been to blame, but rather where the impact occurred could be responsible for the dinosaurs dying out.

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Massive ‘sea monster’ carcass washes ashore in Indonesia

Massive ‘sea monster’ carcass washes ashore in Indonesia

The giant carcass of some creature being called a sea monster has washed ashore in Indonesia, stumping locals and renewing fear about the kind of beasts that may lie hidden in the depths of the ocean. The creature, which has been shown off on video, features pale white flesh that appears burnt on the surface, likely from sun exposure. Current estimates place the creature's length at a massive 50ft; no one knows the species at this time.

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Researchers find ‘warm Neptune’ with water in its atmosphere

Researchers find ‘warm Neptune’ with water in its atmosphere

Researchers have discovered a planet with an atmosphere that contains clouds foreign to the type we know as well as a 'strong water signature' and high levels of both helium and hydrogen. The planet is called HAT-P-26b, and it circles around a star that is about double the age of our own sun. Researchers with the University of Maryland and NASA describe this exoplanet as a 'warm Neptune' due to its similar size and the nature of its orbit relative to its star.

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SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

Elon Musk has always been ambitious, but sometimes ambition has to be tempered by reality and the limitations of current technologies. Those are pretty much the reasons, according to Musk himself, why his space-faring SpaceX company has delayed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch year after year after year. But to assure investors and fans alike that the Falcon Heavy is still a thing, SpaceX released a short clip showing its successful test of the large rocket's center core last week.

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NASA puts James Webb Space Telescope through final freeze before launch

NASA puts James Webb Space Telescope through final freeze before launch

It won't be long before NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is launched into space, but ahead of that event comes a final cryogenic test. The space agency has detailed this test, saying it is taking place at the Johnson Space Center following a long and careful transport process from the Goddard Space Flight Center. The test, once it is fully underway, will last for about 100 days before wrapping up.

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Deer caught on camera gnawing human bones is a first for science

Deer caught on camera gnawing human bones is a first for science

When most people think of deer, they imagine either something adorable like Bambi or something that exists mostly to destroy cars and backyard gardens. Few, though, think of a creature that would be interested in eating meat, let alone human remains. One such deer has bucked the trend, though, and was captured on camera by researchers rummaging through and otherwise gnawing on human remains in the wild, marking the first time ever such an observation has been made.

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NASA begins considering proposals for future New Frontiers missions

NASA begins considering proposals for future New Frontiers missions

NASA is looking toward the future, as it has received 12 proposals for future missions within our Solar System. These 12 proposals will be considered as part of New Frontiers, a program that has already given us some pretty impressive and informative missions. Don't expect to see the next mission launch anytime soon, though, as NASA says we likely won't see the next New Frontiers mission lift off until the mid-2020s.

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Air Force’s X-37B space plane sets 718-day flight record

Air Force’s X-37B space plane sets 718-day flight record

While companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are battling it out in the reusable rocket arena, the US Air Force is looking to space in a slightly different way. Just this weekend, the Air Force proudly announced that its unmanned orbital space plane, the X-37B, set two records. First, it had the longest unmanned orbital flight for the craft, circling the globe for 718 days. Second, it landed without a scratch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first landing at that facility in over half a decade.

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Crayola announces crayon based on newly-discovered shade of blue

Crayola announces crayon based on newly-discovered shade of blue

Crayon company Crayola revealed back in March that it was retiring the long-running shade of yellow known as Dandelion. Now it has announced that the crayon will be replaced by a new addition to the blue family, and it's based on an entirely new pigment that was only discovered recently, dubbed "YInMn."

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Science says swearing makes you stronger and better able to handle pain

Science says swearing makes you stronger and better able to handle pain

If you've ever stubbed your toe, only to follow it with a string of expletives, you're likely aware of the cathartic effect such verbal spewing can bring. Previous research has found that swearing has a pain relief effect, though the precise reason for that is unclear, and now a new series of experiments have found that dirty language can also make you stronger. The increased strength effect was found during two experiments.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

The Midwestern states have been slammed with storms in recent days leading to massive flooding in many areas. While the floods are tragic, the rain's overall effect on the Midwest landscape is stunning. New NASA photos of Earth taken from space show multiple Midwestern states covered in a thick blanket of bright green leaves and grass, covering the center of the country with a huge swath of fertile, robust vegetation. The photos hint at a promising summer as far as crop growth is concerned.

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