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Astronauts begin spacewalk to install solar panels on International Space Station

Space is hard — and no one understands that better than astronauts. After facing “technical delays” during a spacewalk on Wednesday, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet are conducting a second spacewalk Sunday to continue the installation of new solar arrays. The panels will help provide a power boost to…

A tiny dinosaur trapped in amber turned out to be a ‘really weird animal’ instead

Scientists are explorers of the unknown, seeking to understand the world as it exists now and millions of years ago. It’s a complicated endeavor, and this means researchers sometimes get things wrong. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s great. Creative and systematic investigation is how science makes progress and we learn more about our planet…

Must-watch videos of the week

Joe Jonas crashes a SoulCycle class, Cristiano Ronaldo snubs Coca-Cola and Stephen Colbert welcomes back a live audience. These are the must-watch videos of the week. Time-lapse triumph Using a pre-fab, modular design, a developer constructed a 10-story apartment building in 28 hours and 45 minutes in Changsha, China. SoulCycle surprise Members of a spin…

Medieval Europeans regularly reopened graves — and not to rob them

Early Medieval graves in Europe were reopened as part of widespread burial traditions — not only by grave robbers, as experts previously thought. Hundreds of graves dating from the fifth century to the seventh century AD in an area stretching from Transylvania to England were opened as part of regular mortuary customs in order to…

New images help solve celestial mystery of Betelgeuse’s great dimming

Betelgeuse, a bright star visible in the Orion constellation in the night sky, has beguiled and puzzled space scientists since late 2019. The red giant, a star in the last stages of its life, experienced two significant drops in brightness, which caused some astronomers to believe that it was nearing its end and could explode…

Technical problems prevent astronauts from installing new solar panels on space station

The International Space Station was due to get a powerful upgrade on Wednesday, but “technical delays” during a spacewalk left the astronauts without enough time to install a new set of solar arrays, according to NASA. During the nearly seven-hour spacewalk, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet were slated to…

Watch astronauts give the International Space Station a power boost

The International Space Station is about to get a powerful upgrade. On Wednesday morning, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will conduct a spacewalk to begin the installation of new solar arrays. The panels will help provide a power boost to the space station. The walk is scheduled to begin…

New space telescope could spot potentially hazardous asteroids heading for Earth

A new space telescope that could spot potentially hazardous asteroids and comets heading for Earth is one step closer to reality. The Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope, or NEO Surveyor, has been approved by NASA to move forward to the design phase. The 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) infrared telescope would bolster planetary defense by helping astronomers find…

A New Zealand Muslim group wants to halt a controversial film about the Christchurch mosque shootings they say ‘whitewashes’ the tragedy

An upcoming film set to focus on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her response to the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings recently lost a producer in response to continued criticism from New Zealand Muslims and the prime minister herself. Since the film, titled “They Are Us,” was announced last week, critics have denounced it…

Songbirds act as one when they sing together, new study suggests

Singers performing a duet, jazz players riffing together effortlessly, paired-up dancers never skipping a step: great performers are so coordinated, they become one. What are the mechanisms that regulate coordination and cooperation? Neurobiologists are learning more from some of nature’s foremost musical performers: songbirds. The brains of duetting songbirds are linked together during performances, a…

Science and pop culture look to the skies to answer the ultimate question: Are we alone?

If you’re ever studied astronomy, you’ve probably been exposed to something called the Drake equation. One side of the equation posits the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which it might be possible to communicate. The other side gives all the variables that add up to that number, including the average rate of star…

She’s a priest. You’ll never guess her other job

When Rev. Pamela Conrad looks into the heavens, she really looks into the heavens. By night, and at odd moments during the day, Conrad moonlights as a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC. A member of the tactical operations team for the Mars Perseverance rover mission, she is a co-investigator…

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