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New space telescope could spot potentially hazardous asteroids heading for Earth

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…MORE

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

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…MORE

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

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…MORE

This ancient dinosaur would give today’s blue whale a run for its money

This ancient dinosaur would give today’s blue whale a run for its money

The things that fascinate us most tend to be wonders we have never seen up close. It’s our natural response to be curious, to question what it must be like to fly by Jupiter and its moons or live among dinosaurs. Dinosaur bones have preserved information from millions of years ago, which scientists can use…MORE

Giant blinking star spotted near center of Milky Way galaxy

Giant blinking star spotted near center of Milky Way galaxy

A giant star is blinking near the center of our Milky Way galaxy like a stellar beacon, according to new observations by astronomers. The star is located more than 25,000 light-years away from Earth. Known as VVV-WIT-08, the star dimmed so much that it almost disappeared from view as astronomers observed it over time. It’s…MORE

Newly discovered planet could have water clouds

Newly discovered planet could have water clouds

Scientists have discovered an exoplanet located 90 light-years from Earth with an intriguing atmosphere — one that could contain water clouds. Exoplanets are planets located outside of our solar system. This exoplanet, called TOI-1231 b, completes a full orbit around its star every 24 Earth days. It orbits a red, or M-type, dwarf star, known…MORE

Russian court declares Navalny groups ‘extremist’ ahead of elections

Russian court declares Navalny groups ‘extremist’ ahead of elections

A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled that two organizations linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny are “extremist” groups — forcing them to shut down and rendering their members ineligible to run in upcoming elections. Wednesday’s ruling targeted both Navalny’s regional political offices and the Anti-Corruption Foundation which he founded. The foundation, known as FBK,…MORE