How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse
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“Never mind that studying chytrids was, to use Joyce’s own word, “useless,” at least by the usual standards of utility. Chytrids were interesting. ”
One spring day in 1984, Joyce Longcore got a phone call from Joan Brooks, a biologist at the University of Maine. Brooks had received a National Science Foundation grant to study the interactions of fungi and bacteria in peat bogs. She needed a hand, and she heard through the grapevine that...
A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon
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“In fact, Spivack isn’t even the first to leave DNA on the moon. This honor belongs to the Apollo astronauts, who left nearly 100 bags of human...”
It was just before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector screens. On the left screen was a stream of data being sent back to Earth by Beresheet, its lunar lander, which was about...
Why Does Presidio Have One of the Best High School Rocketry Clubs in the Country?
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“The West Texas border town is among the poorest places in the state. But year after year its rocketeers send wealthier teams crashing back to Earth.”
I love Texas Monthly, I find that at least once a month they match the Los Angeles Times for in depth non partisan stories that are intended to teach us about ourselves as a nation, past and present. They emphasize our strengths and weaknesses and how we use them to our advantage. If it's no...
Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King
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“Tan took one bite and was transfixed. Apart from the notorious aroma, which is often compared to rotting meat, it was nothing like the fibrous...”
Long before he was the Durian King, Tan Eow Chong was canvassing rural Malaysia for plants he could farm when he stumbled on a roadside stand selling a curiously golden-fleshed variety of the fruit. The seller, an elderly woman, urged Tan to have a taste, boasting that her durians were the same...
Amazon asks FCC for approval of Project Kuiper broadband satellite operation
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“GeekWire first reported news of Project Kuiper in April, when Amazon revealed plans to put more than 3,200 satellites in low Earth orbit for global...”
Amazon is asking the Federal Communications Commission for approval of its Project Kuiper satellite broadband venture, and referring to potential synergies with Amazon Web Services as a strong selling point. Related: GeekWire’s coverage of Project Kuiper GeekWire first reported news of...
U.S. Navy SEAL demoted for posing with dead prisoner
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“The same jury found Gallagher not guilty on Tuesday of murder, attempted murder and other charges, including deliberately shooting at unarmed...”
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon commander acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter but convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body was sentenced on Wednesday to a demotion in rank and pay. The penalty imposed by a seven-member jury of U.S....
What a Year in Space Did to Scott Kelly
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“An unprecedented and illuminating study monitored identical twins, one in space and one on Earth.”
In the debate over whether human beings should set off to other worlds beyond Earth, one of the most compelling cons is this: Our bodies don’t like it. Few people know this better than Scott Kelly, the NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year on the International Space Station from 2015 to...
Fifty shades of grey squirrel: Multi-coloured variety of the common rodent leaps from branch to branch as it looks for food in India
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“These exotic, giant squirrels with brightly-coloured three-tone fur coats make their British grey and red cousins look pale in comparison. ”
Malabar Giant squirrels have a patchwork of fur, with colours ranging from beige and tan to brown and rust The exotic rodents are double the size of their grey relatives and measure up to 36 inches from head to tail They prefer the tops of trees to the ground, foraging for nuts, fruits and...
BREAKING NEWS: Fossilized snapshot of mass death found on North Dakota ranch
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“The K-T boundary in the buttes around Bowman is easy to spot, a black band located near the surface in outcroppings.”
Intrigued, DePalma kept digging, and found a dazzling assortment of fossils, very delicate yet wonderfully preserved. He found a jumble of wood, cypress tree bundles, tree trunks coated with amber and fish, all entombed together in muddy sediment that hardened over the eons into mudstone....
“Troubled” Jussie Smollett Condemned by Chicago Police in Fiery Address
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““I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention that the hoax did,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie...”
Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki, who followed Johnson behind the lectern to run through the timeline of the police investigation, noted that authorities conducted more than 100 interviews, canvassed the area, and reviewed footage from more than 50 cameras belonging...