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{FD} Brother of African-American NASA astronaut pulled from historic space station mission blames racism

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The brother of NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was scheduled to be the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station (ISS), claims racism is the reason his sister was pulled from the mission. Continue reading

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{FD} Can hobbits swim? ‘Mordor under the sea’ found off Australia

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Today in news best suited for sneaky little Hobbitses and Shire-folk, scientists unveiled a map of a faraway volcanic realm that has a distinct look of Mordor about it. Unfortunately for any ring bearers, the molten landscape has probably been hidden u… Continue reading

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{FD} Christa McAuliffe’s lost Challenger lessons to be taught on Space Station

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Two educators turned astronauts will film science lessons while aboard the International Space Station that were originally planned to be performed by the late Christa McAuliffe, the first “teacher in space” who died on the space shuttle Challenger in … Continue reading

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{FD} Saturn’s moon Titan may have Earth-like ‘sea level’

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Saturn’s moon Titan and Earth are even more alike than previously thought: New research shows that the giant moon has a global sea level, just like our own planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Incredible pictures show cormorant catch massive rainbow trout

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A cormorant who realized he couldn’t quite eat his rainbow trout in one swallow has been captured in incredible pictures off the Gulf Coast of Texas. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian police discover crocodile in basement during weapons raid

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Authorities in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg had an unexpected surprise Thursday during a weapons raid when they discovered a crocodile in the basement. Continue reading

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{FD} Graphic images show dolphin that choked on octopus in Australia

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A dolphin was found off the coast of Australia dead after it apparently choked on a large octopus. Continue reading

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{FD} Meteorite hunters find first fragments of Michigan meteor

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Meteorite hunters who flocked to Detroit from across the U.S. after a meteor exploded are finding the fragments. Continue reading

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{FD} Meteorite hunters find first pieces of the Michigan fireball

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Meteorite hunters have found the first pieces of the fireball that streaked across the sky in Michigan this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronaut set to be first African American on Space Station crew removed from flight

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A NASA astronaut who was slated to become the first African American to serve as a member of the crew aboard the International Space Station has been removed from her upcoming mission. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient Greek ‘pyramid’ reveals its secrets

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Excavation work on the uninhabited Greek island of Keros has unveiled a stunning look at the start of the Cycladic Bronze Age, showing off technological sophistication, impressive masonry work and precision detail well before its time. Continue reading

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{FD} Lunar fountain? Accessible ice could lurk in Moon’s lava tubes

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New images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water. Continue reading

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{FD} Disabled hedgehog receives hydrotherapy treatment

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A young hedgehog that was unable to use its hind legs when it was found last year has been receiving hydrotherapy treatment from animal welfare experts. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists unravel bizarre mystery of mass antelope deaths

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An international team of scientists has unraveled the mystery behind the sudden deaths of 200,000 antelopes in Kazakhstan in May 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA test fires rocket engine with 3D-printed ‘shock absorber’ for deep space missions

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NASA tested its powerful RS-25 engine for the first time in 2018 with a new part that was made in an unconventional way. Continue reading

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{FD} Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps warming

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Continue reading

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{FD} Raccoon caught breaking into Tennessee cell phone store

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Authorities in Tennessee got an unexpected surprise when they responded to a burglary alarm at a cell phone store. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Potentially hazardous asteroid’ bigger than Earth’s tallest building will zoom past us next month

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A “potentially hazardous asteroid” known as 2002 AJ129 is set to fly by Earth at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour next month, there is no need to worry, scientists say. Continue reading

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{FD} Wreck of Dutch warship found buried beneath coral

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Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthro… Continue reading

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{FD} Alligator fights python on Florida golf course

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An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla. Continue reading

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{FD} Largest known underwater cave on Earth discovered in Mexico; holds clues to Mayan civilization

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A team of experts in Mexico has discovered two linked underwater caverns that are more than 4,000 years old and form the largest known such cave on earth. Continue reading

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{FD} Hidden cameras offer unique glimpse of animals in the wild

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Continue reading

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{FD} Earth resides in an oddball solar system

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Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. Continue reading

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{FD} Van Gogh discovery: Previously unknown drawings by Dutch master identified

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Experts in the Netherlands have identified two previously unknown drawings as works by Vincent van Gogh. Continue reading

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{FD} Discovery of organic molecules explains universe’s infrared glow

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The universe is filled with faintly glowing infrared light, and for decades, astronomers have been trying to figure out why. But now, they’ve finally determined the source of this strange cosmic radiation: It is emitted by an org… Continue reading

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{FD} Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

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The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor. Continue reading

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{FD} Chernobyl is getting a new lease on life – thanks to solar power

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More than 30 years after the catastrophic nuclear accident that led to 31 directly-related deaths and is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in recorded history, Chernobyl is getting a new lease on life thanks to a new as a 1MW solar powe… Continue reading

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{FD} Don’t blame rats for Europe’s Black Death

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Those poor, misjudged rats? Continue reading

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{FD} This bird’s ‘eyeball’ survived 120 million years

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Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient prince’s frozen tomb discovered in Siberia

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Experts have discovered an ancient prince’s tomb in southern Siberia that may contain treasures or even an ice mummy preserved in the region’s frozen soil. Continue reading

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{FD} 500 years later, scientists think they’ve solved germ mystery that nearly wiped out Mexican population

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In 1545, disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers and headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Continue reading

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{FD} Queen learns where crown jewels were hidden during WWII

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A BBC documentary that aired over the weekend about Queen Elizabeth had all kinds of interesting royal nuggets, but one revelation in particular was news to the queen herself. Continue reading

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{FD} Five-exoplanet system discovered thanks to citizen scientists

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A family of four planets orbiting a distant star was discovered last April, with the help of citizen scientists around the world. Continue reading

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{FD} WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: Brown snake devours tiger snake after a gruesome fight to the death

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WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: A gruesome video of two deadly snakes caught in a battle to the death outside a Victoria home is the definition of nightmare fuel. Continue reading

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{FD} This out-of-this-world diamond-studded rock just got even weirder

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A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought. Continue reading

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{FD} Eyes on the sky: When and where will China’s rogue space station fall to Earth?

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Scientists across the globe are carefully monitoring China’s discarded Tiangong-1 space station, which will plunge into Earth’s atmosphere at some point in the coming months. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Rainbow’ dinosaur discovery: Tiny dino had colorful feathers

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The fossilized remains of a tiny duck-sized dinosaur with rainbow feathers have been discovered. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands displaced as Philippine volcano erupts and lava flows

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LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines’ most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive. Continue reading

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{FD} Lunar lava tubes may provide access to vast polar ice reservoirs on the moon

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New image analysis by researchers at SETI indicate that there may be subterranean lava tubes in the polar region of the moon leading to massive underground glaciers, which could provide fuel for a long-term lunar base. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX dragon capsule returns to Earth after Space Station delivery

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A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station and returned to Earth Saturday (Jan. Continue reading

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{FD} Experts make incredible Turkey-sized dinosaur discovery

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Paleontoligists have discovered a new species of dinosaur in south-eastern Australia that was the size of a turkey. Continue reading

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{FD} How John Young smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space

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While John Young, who died on Jan. 5 at age 87 , is famous for his Apollo 16 moonwalks and his role as commander of the first space shuttle mission, the NASA astronaut is also remembered for a small scandal he triggered with a sneaky act: smuggling a c… Continue reading

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{FD} Pelican spiders lived 165 million-years-ago and they are ‘spider assassins’

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Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the pelican spider tiptoed under foliage in the leafy parts of the world, looking for prey to impale with the … Continue reading

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{FD} Big sheets of water ice lie just beneath the surface of Mars

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Sizable deposits of water ice lurk just beneath the surface in some regions of Mars, a new study reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Is ET real? Mysterious radio blasts from a distant galaxy draw attention of alien hunters

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Repeating bursts of radio waves coming from a distant dwarf galaxy probably aren’t signals from an extraterrestrial civilization, but that hasn’t stopped a group of E.T. hunters from investigating this peculiar phenomenon. Continue reading

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{FD} Monster black hole unleashes messy double ‘burp’

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The giant black hole at the center of a distant galaxy has been spotted taking in gas and letting out two mighty “burps” of high-energy particles, lending support to the theory that such galactic cores go through cycles of messy activity. Continue reading

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{FD} Giant extinct bat burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand

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Fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat, which lived on New Zealand between 16 and 19-million-years ago, have been found stunning an international team of scientists. Continue reading

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{FD} Giant extinct burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand

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Fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat, which lived on New Zealand between 16 and 19-million-years ago, have been found stunning an international team of scientists. Continue reading

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{FD} Pest-sniffing dog deployed at Boston museum to protect art from bugs

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The fight against pests at one of the nation’s premier art museums now has a new four-legged weapon. Continue reading

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{FD} Sea lion bites female swimmer in San Francisco Bay, the latest in a spate of attacks

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A woman swimming in the San Francisco Bay early Thursday became the latest person to be attacked by sea lion, as the spate of attacks in the area continued. Continue reading

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