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InSight mission is digging into Mars again

NASA’s stationary InSight lander is slowly but surely getting to know Mars on a deeper level. Since landing on Mars in November 2018, InSight has been taking selfies, providing daily Martian weather reports, detecting quakes on Mars and hearing strange sounds. But its heat probe experiment was struggling to burrow beneath the surface of the…MORE

Get a bird’s-eye view of NASA’s missions on Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been keeping an eye on its namesake planet since 2006. It’s searched for evidence of water, identified intriguing objects on the surface and acted as a communication link for surface missions. It also has been using its fantastic camera, called HiRISE, to capture stunning views of the Red Planet. Some…MORE

The ant that moves at 108 times its body length each second

Scientists have recorded the speed of the world’s fastest ant, which lives in the Sahara and is able to travel 108 times its own body length per second. Harald Wolf, a professor at the University of Ulm, Germany, and his colleagues found that the Saharan silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, can reach speeds of 0.855 meters…MORE

Three Trump call transcripts we’d like to see — Meanwhile in America

The biggest surprise about the Ukraine scandal is that Trump thought he could make it go away by releasing this suspicion-raising rough transcript of his call with President Volodymyr Zelensky. It’s got us thinking about other transcripts of calls that might be stashed away in a top-secret Situation Room computer system — here are a…MORE

Putin must be ‘tired of winning’ — Meanwhile in America

Vladimir Putin is doing so much winning, he must be getting tired of winning — to borrow a phrase from President Donald Trump. Russia’s President has swept into the vacuum left by the US in northeast Syria. In just days, he has presided over a deal between US-allied- Kurds and his own ally Syrian leader…MORE

This is the closest solar system to Earth containing multiple planets

Just 11 light years from earth is the GJ 15 A star system with two planets orbiting a red-dwarf star. This makes it the closest solar system to Earth that contains multiple planets. The Alpha Centauri system is only 4.3 light years away but only contains one exoplanet, called Proxima B. The planets in GJ…MORE

The world’s oldest leftovers stashed at Israel’s Qesem Cave

It seems stashing your leftovers from dinner is hardly a new concept. Humans have been storing food for 200,000 to 400,000 years, new research suggests. A bit like we would store our food in a Tupperware container, early humans stored marrow-rich deer bones for several weeks. Once the bones, skin and tendons had had time…MORE

Vatican launches $110 ‘click to pray’ wearable rosary

The Rosary is going mobile. The Vatican announced the launch of the “Click to Pray eRosary” Wednesday. October is the month of the Rosary. The eRosary is an app-driven device that can be worn as a bracelet. To activate it, all you have to do is make the sign of the cross, similar to how…MORE