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China lands on the moon again – here’s what comes next

China lands on the moon again – here’s what comes next

It would appear that China has landed on our moon, once again. The Chang'e-5 mission (嫦娥五号) works with China's mission module ready to bring back samples from the surface of our nearest space neighbor. The landing was expected to take place near the mountain Mons Rumker, in the Oceanus Porocellarum region on our moon. The announcement was made in a statement from state-run CGTN news this morning.

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Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

A complete collapse of the instrument platform of the Arecibo Observatory's 305m telescope collapsed last night. The collapse was confirmed this morning by the National Science Foundation in a series of official messages. The NSF is working with stakeholders to "assess the situation", and no injuries were reported. Per an NSF representative: "Our top priority is maintaining safety."

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Solid phosphorus has been discovered in dust particles collected from a comet

Solid phosphorus has been discovered in dust particles collected from a comet

A study led by researchers from the University of Turku in Finland has discovered phosphorus and fluorine in solid dust particles that were collected from a comet. Scientists on the project say that their finding indicates that all the most important elements for life may have been delivered to Earth by comets. The discovery of phosphorus and fluorine in solid dust particles collected from the inner coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Researchers discovered a galaxy that could shed light on our solar system

Researchers discovered a galaxy that could shed light on our solar system

Researchers have discovered a unique stage of planetary system evolution by imaging a star system over 400 light-years away. Scientists on the project say the discovery provides an opportunity to study how our solar system developed. The discovery is of fast-moving carbon monoxide gas flowing out from a young and low-mass star.

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Massive collection of prehistoric rock art discovered in the Amazon rain forest

Massive collection of prehistoric rock art discovered in the Amazon rain forest

Scientists have discovered one of the world's largest prehistoric rock art collections in the Amazon rain forest. Some call it "the Sistine Chapel of the ancients," with tens of thousands of paintings on the cliff face. The art includes paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago.

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NASA turns Bullet Cluster galaxies and Crab Nebula into space music

NASA turns Bullet Cluster galaxies and Crab Nebula into space music

Using a technique called sonification, NASA has generated two new pieces of music based on data from notable celestial destinations: the Bullet Cluster and the Crab Nebula. As with previous sonification projects, these two videos present the data in an entirely new way, enabling the public to not only see the two regions, but also hear them as a form of music.

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DeepMind AI makes a science-shaking protein breakthrough

DeepMind AI makes a science-shaking protein breakthrough

Alphabet's DeepMind has used its AI system to figure out a five decade old mystery in biology, the company has announced today, using AlphaFold to help understand protein behaviors. The company came to notoriety for its neural network developments, which demonstrated their human-besting capabilities in playing chess, go, and shogi.

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Researchers create a cancer-fighting “stealth bomber”

Researchers create a cancer-fighting “stealth bomber”

Researchers have created something described as a cancer-fighting "stealth bomber" able to slip through the body's defenses unseen to fight cancer. For decades, scientists have been testing oncolytic viruses that preferentially kill cancer cells. The FDA approved an oncolytic virus to fight melanoma in 2015.

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Galaxy survives a ravenous black hole by birthing 100 stars a year

Galaxy survives a ravenous black hole by birthing 100 stars a year

The most active type of black holes are believed to consume so much material surrounding them that they could eventually eliminate their entire host galaxy. The process of consuming matter around the black hole is intense enough that, in some instances, it creates a highly energetic object called a quasar that is one of the brightest objects in the universe. Researchers have discovered a galaxy that survives the ravenous black hole at its center by creating new stars.

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NASA research finds mitochondrial changes may cause health issues in space

NASA research finds mitochondrial changes may cause health issues in space

The human body was designed for living on Earth, not in space. Living in space is difficult for people and other living things because of the harsh environment. NASA has been conducting research to figure out what causes health problems in space. Researchers believe they have now identified a possible underlying reason for health problems in space after discovering mitochondria experiences changes in activity during space flight.

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NASA offers a $25,000 prize to help design unloading systems for the moon

NASA offers a $25,000 prize to help design unloading systems for the moon

There are many challenges in front of the NASA Artemis mission that will put humans on the moon again for the first time in decades. While lots of aspects of the Artemis mission are still undecided, NASA is hard at work gathering data and companies to help it tackle obstacles to make the missions happen. The space agency recently offered a prize purse worth $25,000 to help design systems for astronauts to use for unloading cargo on the lunar surface.

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Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon

Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon

Less than a week ago, we mentioned China had launched its Chang'e 5 mission to the moon. The goal of the mission is to gather lunar samples and return them to Earth for study. China has announced that the spacecraft has now entered orbit around the moon.

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