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Mouse sperm survives in space, but could human babies?

A KEY component to colonising Mars would be having babies in zero gravity and a high radiation environment. But it’s “a completely unknown area of science”. FREEZE-DRIED mouse sperm that...

Trump’s 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions

Five NASA Earth-science missions are now on the chopping block. Four we already knew about; they were zeroed out in the White House's preliminary, or "skinny," 2018 budget request, which...

Don’t panic, humanity’s ‘doomsday’ seed vault is probably still safe. Probably

On Friday, a slew of alarming headlines emerged regarding the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Water had apparently breached this “fail-safe” trove of the planet’s seeds that is supposed to...

Apollo 11 artifact headed to auction, for astronomical profit

It took three auctions before anyone bought the "lunar sample return bag" the U.S. Marshal's Office put up for sale, unaware that astronaut Neil Armstrong had used it to...

Trump seeks $19.1 billion for NASA in budget request

The Trump administration's fiscal 2018 budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, a $561 million decrease over previously enacted levels that would reduce the number of Earth science missions,...

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

Whales are the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been giants. Fossil records show that ancient whales were much smaller than the currently living behemoths. So when...

Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from...
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EXPENDABLE FALCON 9 LAUNCHES INMARSAT-5 F4

Clear skies and a setting sun provided a stunning backdrop as SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 with the last of four Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress (GX) telecommunications satellites. The Falcon 9,...

NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

When NASA launches its new big rocket for the first time — more than a year and a half from now, at the earliest — there will be no...

Fossil Find Could Rewrite the Record of Life on Earth

Researchers have found 3.5 billion-year-old fossilized microbial deposits in Western Australia, which could provide clues on the emergence of life on Earth — and other planets. Ancient hot spring deposits...