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October 18, 2022

Scientific American

Antarctica’s Collapse Could Begin Even Sooner Than Anticipated

Pettit was studying defects within the ice, akin to hidden cracks in an enormous dam, that will determine when the ice shelf might crumble. When it does, the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet behind it could flow right into the ocean, pushing up sea …

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Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Burst May Mark Birth of a Black Hole

On Oct. 9, an unimaginably powerful influx of X-rays and gamma rays infiltrated our solar system. It was likely the result of a massive explosion that happened 2.4 billion light-years away from Earth and it has left the science community stunned.

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Astronomy Magazine

Astronomers have a new theory for why Uranus spins on its side

One of the most bizarre phenomena in our solar system is the strange way that Uranus spins on its side. That’s a puzzle because all the other planets spin upright. What could have happened to make Uranus so different, particularly from its neighbor …

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Astronaut James McDivitt, who commanded NASA’s Apollo 9 mission, dies at 93

He later became the space agency’s program manager for five Apollo missions after the Apollo 11 moon landing. In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a.

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Astronaut James McDivitt, who led Gemini and Apollo missions, has died at 93

James McDivitt, a former NASA astronaut who commanded the Gemini IV and Apollo 9 missions, died in his sleep last week in Tucson, Arizona, NASA said in a statement Monday. He was 93. McDivitt was surrounded by his family and friends when he died …

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How to See the 2022 Orionid Meteor Shower Caused by Halley’s Comet This Week

Whenever the famed Halley’s Comet makes a trip through the inner solar system every 75 years or so, it leaves behind clouds of dust and cosmic detritus. And each year around this time, our planet floats through some of those clouds, producing what we …

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Former NASA astronaut Jim McDivitt, who led Gemini and Apollo missions, dies at 93

Jim McDivitt, an astronaut who played a key role in making America’s first spacewalk and moon landing possible, has died. He was 93. NASA confirmed his death to NPR on Monday, adding that he was surrounded by family and friends when he died on Thursday …

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Futurity: Research News

Did jerboa bones evolve more fusion than necessary?

The findings could inform the design of future robotic legs capable of withstanding the higher forces associated with rapid bursts of agile locomotion. Jerboas are desert rodents that hop erratically on two legs to avoid predators. Across …

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Science News

For the first time, astronomers saw dust in space being pushed by starlight

Shells of dust form when winds from these two stars (center) in the Cygnus constellation collide, as seen in this image from the James Webb Space Telescope. The shells are then blown outward by the pressure of light from those stars.

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Museum acquires recently fallen meteorite from Junction City, Georgia

A meteorite exploded over south Georgia during the overnight hours of September 26, 2022, spraying fragments across the small town of Junction City, Georgia, and Tellus Science Museum has already acquired a piece of the space rock.

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