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Northrup’s ISS cargo launch will happen Saturday if weather cooperates

Northrup’s ISS cargo launch will happen Saturday if weather cooperates

On Saturday, February 20, Northrup Grumman will launch its latest cargo resupply run for the International Space Station, delivering the supplies and other items astronauts need to live and conduct experiments. The launch will involve the Antares rocket and the Cygnus spacecraft -- but may end up delayed if the weather fails to cooperate.

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Nicaragua looks to space with new Extraterrestrial Affairs ministry

Nicaragua looks to space with new Extraterrestrial Affairs ministry

The small Central American nation Nicaragua has voted to form a new department called the National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, a mouthful that underscores the country's new focus on space and all the mysteries it holds. The ministry will be controlled by the Nicaraguan military, and it remains unclear exactly what they have planned for it.

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This adorable black-footed ferret is a rare cloning breakthrough

This adorable black-footed ferret is a rare cloning breakthrough

The first endangered US species to be successfully cloned, a black-footed ferret, could pave the way for at-risk animals to be brought back from the brink of extinction, scientists and conservationists hope as details of the breakthrough are shared this week. Elizabeth Ann may look like any other black-footed ferret, but the roughly two month old animal was actually created from frozen cells of an animal that lived three decades ago.

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Epic new photos show NASA Perseverance rover during its wild Mars landing

Epic new photos show NASA Perseverance rover during its wild Mars landing

NASA has released new photos of its Perseverance Mars Rover taken just moments before its six wheels hit the ground, an astonishing glimpse into the fiendishly complex descent on its innovative Sky Crane. The Perseverance rover - complete with its Mars helicopter companion - touched down on the surface of Mars on Thursday afternoon, February 18, the culmination of millions of miles of travel and years of work by NASA and its partners.

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US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

The US has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, with President Biden bringing America back into the collective of countries and states attempting to curtail rising global temperatures and the impact of climate change. The US initially joined the Agreement in 2016, but withdrew under the previous Administration.

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A new microfluidic sensor measures lactate concentration during exercise

A new microfluidic sensor measures lactate concentration during exercise

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have created a new wearable microfluidic sensor that can measure lactate concentration in sweat in real-time. Lactate is a compound present in sweat that's an important biomarker used to quantify exercise. Available wearable sensors are typically rigid devices that can cause skin irritation.

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Researchers were able to have a real-time dialogue with sleeping people

Researchers were able to have a real-time dialogue with sleeping people

Researchers have conducted an experiment that sounds like something out of the movie Inception. A group of researchers from Northwestern University has worked with independent laboratories in France, Germany, Netherlands, and the US on the study, which was able to have a real-time dialogue with people who were asleep and dreaming. Researchers say the dreamers were able to solve simple math problems and answer yes or no questions.

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Cygnus X-1 contains a surprisingly massive black hole

Cygnus X-1 contains a surprisingly massive black hole

The image below is an artist's impression of the Cygnus X-1 system, which contains the most massive stellar-mass black hole we have ever detected without the use of gravitational waves. The massive black hole in the system is 21 times the mass of the sun. Cygnus X-1 is one the closest black holes to Earth and was initially discovered in 1964.

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Study finds too much coffee can increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Study finds too much coffee can increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers from the Australian Center for Precision Health at the University of South Australia have published the world's first genetic study that found long-term, heavy coffee consumption can increase the amount of lipids in the blood and significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In the study, long-term heavy coffee consumption is considered six or more cups per day. The study points out that the correlation is positive and dose-dependent, meaning the more coffee you drink, the greater the risk of CVD.

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With Perseverance’s successful landing, NASA now has a helicopter on Mars

With Perseverance’s successful landing, NASA now has a helicopter on Mars

After a short, dramatic descent today, NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars, giving the space agency yet another suite of instruments to explore the Red Planet. As NASA previously revealed, Perseverance is carrying with it an experimental first-of-its-kind machine: Ingenuity, the only helicopter humanity has put on another planet.

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NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover just landed: These are the first images

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover just landed: These are the first images

NASA's Mars rover has successfully landed on Mars, with Perseverance managing a nail-biting descent and beaming back the first picture from the Martian surface. It's the dramatic culmination of a long journey that began on July 30, 2020, with Perseverance now being around 127 million miles away from Earth.

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NASA Perseverance landing today: When & how to watch the Mars rover

NASA Perseverance landing today: When & how to watch the Mars rover

It's the big day the plucky Mars 2020 rover Perseverance has been waiting for, with NASA preparing a nail-biting descent to the red planet today. If all goes to plan, it'll be a successful end to a very long journey: Mars is currently 127 million miles away from Earth, with Perseverance blasting off to begin its trip on July 30, 2020.

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