Humans didn’t outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them. – Washington Post

A reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, and a modern human skeleton, left, on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press) By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and […]

Living in Space Leaves Astronauts With Serious Neurological Issues Because The Brain Floats Out of Place – Newsweek

Long-term exposure to microgravity during space travel causes astronauts to develop a rare neurological syndrome in which the brain shifts upward crowding the cranium. Dr. Donna Roberts, lead author of the study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, said research has shown roughly 40 percent of astronauts return from space missions […]

Monster Planet, Tiny Star: Record-Breaking Duo Puzzles Astronomers – Space.com

A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at how the duo could have formed. The planet NGTS-1b is situated 600 light-years from our solar system, according to a statement from the University of Warwick, […]

Strange X-ray Auroras Seen Pulsating at Jupiter’s Poles – Newsweek

Normally, massive gassy planets do not produce any X-rays, but new research on the poles of Jupiter show the colossal giant is an exception. The question now is how the planet does this—and why? Observations from European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA space telescopes revealed that Jupiter does emit X-rays into its atmosphere, which cause […]

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency – FiveThirtyEight

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency – FiveThirtyEight

Before Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to lead NASA, he already had unorthodox ideas about what it should do. In 2016, as one of Oklahoma’s congressmen, he proposed the American Space Renaissance Act, which he called a “pioneering doctrine” that would refocus NASA’s mission. The space agency would concentrate on human spaceflight and “permanently secure […]

SpaceX Aces Another Rocket Landing After Launching Korean Satellite – Space.com

Another day, another rocket launch and landing for SpaceX. A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Koreasat-5A communications satellite lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida today (Oct. 30) at 3:34 p.m. EDT (1934 GMT). About 8.5 minutes after launch, the rocket’s first stage came down for […]

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