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Decolonizing Mars: Are We Thinking About Space Exploration All Wrong? Decolonizing Mars: Are We Thinking About Space Exploration All Wrong?

Interplanetary travel is pitched to us as a good thing. Explorers will visit other planets, which settlers will then colonize. But colonization on our own planet led to the genocide and displacement of cultures and people, economic inequity, and the destruction of environments. What lessons from Earth’s colonialist…

Stunning Pinwheel Nebula Is a Cosmic Cataclysm in the Making Stunning Pinwheel Nebula Is a Cosmic Cataclysm in the Making

This image of a dusty, gas-rich nebula looks pretty, but appearances can be deceiving. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star system, it’s poised to unleash a catastrophic gamma-ray burst when it finally goes supernova. What’s remarkable about this particular Wolf-Rayet system, however, is that it’s the first to be discovered in…

Virgin Orbit Plane Completes Test Flight With Attached Rocket Virgin Orbit Plane Completes Test Flight With Attached Rocket

A Virgin Orbit plane took off with a rocket under its wing on Sunday, marking a successful test flight for the company that hopes to provide satellite-launching services.

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Will Land in Jezero Crater NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Will Land in Jezero Crater

NASA has announced the landing location of its upcoming Mars 2020 rover: Jezero Crater.

These 4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds Can Be Seen From Space These 4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds Can Be Seen From Space

Scientists have discovered an immense grouping of freakishly large termite mounds in northeastern Brazil. Obscured by trees, the previously undetected array occupies a space equal to the size of Great Britain.

Do Animals Grift Each Other? Do Animals Grift Each Other?

Ours is a dog-eat-dog world—but is the same true for dogs? I’ve seen dogs tussle over discarded bits of hamburger meat, but I’ve never seen one try to enlist another in a shady multi-level marketing scheme, nor have I seen one dog try to distract another dog while a third dog steals the second dog’s rat carcass or…

We Finally Know How Wombats Produce Their Distinctly Cube-Shaped Poop We Finally Know How Wombats Produce Their Distinctly Cube-Shaped Poop

A bold team of scientists has delved into the mystery of cube-shaped wombat poop, uncovering the physiological processes involved in this unique digestive trick.

NASA Image of Merging Galaxy Clusters Looks Suspiciously Like the USS Enterprise NASA Image of Merging Galaxy Clusters Looks Suspiciously Like the USS Enterprise

Humanity’s current understanding of physics may suggest faster-than-light travel is impossible, but researchers here on Earth can still observe happening in places much too far away to ever actually visit (and generally only what they looked like in the distant past). One of them is a galactic collision that, at least…

We Visited the World's Largest Digital Camera and Damn We Visited the World's Largest Digital Camera and Damn

The devil’s in the details when you head inside a cleanroom. Everything you plan on bringing inside, from your phone to your camera tripod, needs to be wiped down with lint-free wipes. You need to put on a special bunny suit. If you put the gloves on wrong, you need to throw them away and get a new pair. You…

Jennie-O Recalls More Than 91,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Turkey Amid Salmonella Outbreak Jennie-O Recalls More Than 91,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Turkey Amid Salmonella Outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey recalled more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey this week amid a nationwide Salmonella turkey outbreak. The move marks the first reported recall of non-pet food meat in the outbreak that’s sickened at least 164 people and is linked to one death.

Spacecraft Witness Explosion in Earth's Magnetic Field Spacecraft Witness Explosion in Earth's Magnetic Field

Magnetic fields around the Earth release strong bursts of energy, accelerating particles and feeding the auroras that glow in the polar skies. On July 11, 2017, four NASA spacecrafts were there to watch one of these explosions happen.

Bizarre Microbes Represent a Major New Branch on the Evolutionary Family Tree Bizarre Microbes Represent a Major New Branch on the Evolutionary Family Tree

Canadian scientists have identified microscopic creatures that are so unlike anything seen before, they had to create an entirely new branch on the evolutionary tree of life to slot them in.

A Planned FDA Study Could Clear the Way for Fewer Dogs Used and Killed in Animal Research A Planned FDA Study Could Clear the Way for Fewer Dogs Used and Killed in Animal Research

Dogs have been everything we’ve ever needed them to be, including volunteers for clinical trials of drugs meant for both people and pooches. Sadly, these furry test subjects are sometimes euthanized at the end of these experiments, because it’s deemed the only way to get the accurate test results scientists are…

Observations from Mariana Trench Show Inner Earth Is Sucking Up Far More Water Than Previously Thought Observations from Mariana Trench Show Inner Earth Is Sucking Up Far More Water Than Previously Thought

The Earth around the Mariana Trench, which contains the deepest point on the planet, could be slurping up at least 4.3 times more water than previously estimated, according to new research.

Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests

It’s a scene parents and caregivers are all too familiar with: an infant’s pacifier falls to the floor. When this happened with my first born, I rushed to clean the soiled soother by boiling it in water or carefully washing it in the sink. But by the time my second child was born, I was considerably more relaxed, and…

Should You Be Eating a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet Like Keto? Scientists Weigh In Should You Be Eating a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet Like Keto? Scientists Weigh In

Diet fads often make the lofty claim that adjusting food habits one way or another will produce the dieter’s desired results. More specifically: Eat this, not that, and watch the pounds fall off. But diets are hard to sustain, and it seems like diet debunking is constantly calling into question what and how much we…

FCC Approves Launch of Another 7,500 SpaceX Satellites for Space Internet FCC Approves Launch of Another 7,500 SpaceX Satellites for Space Internet

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has authorized part of SpaceX’s application to build and launch more than 7,500 satellites, according to a press release. These would make up part of a proposed constellation of almost 12,000 satellites designed to improve internet connectivity.

The FDA Will Restrict, but Not Ban, the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes in Stores The FDA Will Restrict, but Not Ban, the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes in Stores

The Food and Drug Administration has taken its hardest swing yet against teen vaping—though not as hard as we were expecting. On Thursday, FDA chief Scott Gottlieb unveiled a series of steps aimed at forcing the e-cigarette industry to work harder at keeping its products out of the hands of minors. Chief among them is…

First Major Rain in Centuries Triggers Wave of Death in Earth's Driest Desert First Major Rain in Centuries Triggers Wave of Death in Earth's Driest Desert

After not experiencing any meaningful amounts of precipitation for at least 500 years, Chile’s Atacama Desert is finally getting some rain. Quite unexpectedly, however, these rains—instead of fostering life—are doing the exact opposite.

Study Finds Weird Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Is Indeed a Smol Boi Study Finds Weird Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Is Indeed a Smol Boi

Scientists have learned more about ‘Oumuamua, the hunk of matter that is the first known interstellar object to ever be detected by scientists within the boundary of the solar system. Specifically, observations performed by researchers using the Spitzer Space Telescope and published in The Astronomical Journal have…

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