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Power levels drop for NASA’s earthquake-hunting InSight lander

Illustration of NASA’s interior exploration using seismic, geodetic and heat transport surveys (InSight) Credit: NASA Dusty solar panels and darker skies should bring the[{” attribute=””>Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year. Venus, and even rocky planets in other solar systems.” InSight landed on Mars on November 26, 2018. Equipped with …

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Farm Vehicles Are Now Heavier Than Most Dinosaurs: Why That’s A Problem

Credit: Braslavets Denys/Shutterstock What do a modern combine harvester and a Diplodocus have in common? One answer, it seems, could be their large footprints on the ground. A new study by Swedish and Swiss researchers has found that the weight of agricultural machinery now approaches that of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth, …

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NASA and Boeing ready for long-delayed, high-stakes Starliner test flight – Spaceflight Now

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft was lifted atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket on May 4 at the Cape Canaveral space station. Credit: United Launch Alliance Years behind schedule, Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule program is set to make a crucial unmanned test flight to the International Space Station slated for launch Thursday, a resumption of a mission abbreviated …

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New silicon nanowires can really handle the heat

Transmission electron microscope image of a silicon-28 nanowire with a layer of silicon dioxide on the surface. Credit: Matthew R. Jones and Muhua Sun/Rice University Scientists have demonstrated a new material that conducts heat 150% more efficiently than conventional materials used in advanced chip technologies. The device, an ultrathin silicon nanowire, could enable smaller, faster …

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Bad news! This ‘gateway’ to Mars doesn’t look like much when zoomed in

It’s apparently “just a gap” – but we’re still going to care. open door Apparently this photo of a “gate” on the surface of Mars has been cropped such to make it look like something much cooler than it actually is. Over the weekend, a photo of NASA’s Curiosity rover went viral because it depicted …

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Bad news! This ‘gateway’ to Mars doesn’t look like much when zoomed in

It’s apparently “just a gap” – but we’re still going to care. open door Apparently this photo of a “gate” on the surface of Mars has been cropped such to make it look like something much cooler than it actually is. Over the weekend, a photo of NASA’s Curiosity rover went viral because it depicted …

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A new fundamental law releases fusion energy

Illustration of cloud-like ionized plasma in the tokamak of the ITER fusion reactor. Credit: ITER EPFL physicists, within a broad European collaboration, have revised one of the fundamental laws that was the basis of[{” attribute=””>plasma and fusion research for over three decades, even governing the design of megaprojects like ITER. The update demonstrates that we …

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150,000-year-old human tooth is rare evidence of Denisovan extinction

Denisovan’s presumed molar. Photo: F. Demeter et al., 2022 Paleontologists in Laos have discovered an ancient molar that probably belonged to a young girl from Denisovan. The discovery is significant, because the Laotian cave in which the molar was found is now one of only three places known to house these enigmatic humans. In addition …

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SpaceX is already raising the Falcon 9 rocket vertically for the next Starlink launch

Days after a pair of Falcon 9 rockets launched 106 Starlink satellites in less than 23 hours, SpaceX has already lifted another Falcon 9 rocket vertically for another Starlink mission – expected to be the fourth this month. This mission – Starlink 4-18 – will see SpaceX launch another batch of 53 Starlink satellites into …

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