First Americans claim sparks controversy – BBC News

Image copyright San Diego Natural History Museum Image caption Purported stone tools can be seen alongside broken mastodon bones at the excavation site near San Diego A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in […]

‘Giant Hurricane’ on Saturn: 1st Images Back from Cassini’s Epic Ring Dive – Space.com

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn and its rings yesterday (April 26), snapping the closest-ever views of Saturn’s atmosphere. The raw images, which began to stream back early this morning, indicating the probe had survived its journey, show intricate structures and a dark, swirling storm-like feature (which NASA called a “giant hurricane”). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space […]

China and the European Space Agency discuss collaborating on a human outpost on the moon – Los Angeles Times

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China’s space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in […]

Cassini’s Grand Finale: Spacecraft Begins Its Death Dive Into Saturn – Newsweek

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It’s the slow beginning of what will be a violent end for the Cassini mission. At 10 a.m. GMT on April 26, the spacecraft became the first ever to dive between Saturn and its spectacular innermost ring. This marks the start of its “grand […]

The Lowly Wax Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic – NPR

The larvae of Galleria mellonella, commonly known as a wax worm, is able to biodegrade plastic bags. Wayne Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab People around the world use more than a trillion plastic bags every year. They’re made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene that can take decades to break down. […]

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