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September 28, 2022


Moon’s best friend: Robot dogs could be future lunar explorers

The robot dog concept is called LEAP, or Legged Exploration of the Aristarchus Plateau; Aristarchus is one of the moon’s regions that the European Space Agency or ESA (which is funding the project) hopes to explore before too long.

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Scientific American

China’s Mars Rover Finds Hints of Catastrophic Floods

“It is a very interesting paper, and I was particularly impressed by how deep they can see with this radar,” says Svein-Erik Hamran, a planetary scientist at the University of Oslo, who analysed the only previous data from ground-penetrating radar used on …

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See the First Eerie NASA Images of DART’s Asteroid Crash Site

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test’s mission was simple: Crash into a large asteroid so scientists can see whether that impact nudges the space rock ever so slightly. If so, perhaps a future asteroid on a collision course …

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‘Incredible’: Astronomers hail first images of asteroid impact

Astronomers have hailed the early footage of the first time humanity has deliberately smashed a spacecraft into an asteroid. The asteroid is flying through space in the grainy black and white video, when suddenly a massive cloud of debris sprays out in …

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MIT News

MIT biologist Richard Hynes wins Lasker Award

MIT Professor Richard Hynes, a pioneer in studying cellular adhesion, has been named a recipient of the 2022 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Hynes, the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for …

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The Seattle Times

What NASA’s crash into an asteroid looks like

NASA’s DART spacecraft was not able to take pictures of the very moment it slammed into an asteroid on Monday at more than 14,000 mph. Or the aftermath. But telescopes on Earth, 7 million miles away, were watching. The images they recorded revealed a …

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NASA’s $325 Million Collision With an Asteroid Could One Day Save the World

NASA spent slightly more than $1 million for every day its DART spacecraft lived. From the time the ship launched on Nov. 13, 2021, to the time it deliberately smashed into the asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept.

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Fossils reveal the deep roots of jawed vertebrates

Scarce evidence indicates that key evolutionary steps for jawed vertebrates occurred during or before the Silurian period, 444 million to 419 million years ago. Fossil finds pull back the curtain on this interval.

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Quanta Magazine

Biologists Use Genetic Circuits to Program Plant Roots

Feynman may have been reflecting on the nature of scientific understanding, but the sentiment also reflects the spirit of synthetic biology. That scientific field is all about deconstructing and precisely manipulating biological processes to test our grasp …

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Crew-5 launch preparations continue amid hurricane threat

NASA held a flight readiness review Sept. 26 for the Crew-5 mission, at the time scheduled for launch Oct. 3. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna …

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