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NASA Spacecraft Buzzes Earth on Way to Distant Asteroid Bennu – Space.com

A NASA asteroid-sampling probe has just said goodbye to Earth for the second time. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft zoomed past our planet this afternoon (Sept. 22), a little over a year after launching on a mission to the big near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The probe’s closest approach came at 12:52 p.m. EDT (1752 […]

Nibiru, Planet X and Biblical prophecy: Will the world end Sept. 23? – AL.com

Nibiru, Planet X and Biblical prophecy: Will the world end Sept. 23? – AL.com

In the words of REM: It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, maybe. But probably not. The latest internet rumor has a rogue planet, dubbed either Nibiru or Planet X, striking the Earth on Sept. 23, wiping out mankind. It’s not the first time Nibiru has made it appearance in the world […]

Dinosaur dung reveals giant plant-eaters ate meat – Washington Post

A knobby crustacean shell embedded in fossilized dinosaur dung. (Karen Chin/Denver Museum of Nature & Science) Giant herbivore dinosaurs, despite a reputation as strict plant-eaters, did not always stick to their greens. Some of them ate crustaceans, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. Paleontologists discovered bits of animal shell embedded in fossilized dung. “We […]

Study Suggests Neanderthals Enjoyed Long Childhoods – NPR

Skeleton of the Neanderthal boy recovered from the El Sidrón cave (Asturias, Spain). Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC hide caption toggle caption Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC Nasty, brutish and short. Until about the last decade or so, that’s how many of us were accustomed to thinking about Neanderthal life. But a lot has changed since then, not least […]

Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre – Space.com

In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have discovered a pair of space rocks, collectively called 288P, that don’t behave like anything previously observed in that region. The rocks’ strange characteristics could provide new clues about the formation of planets in the solar system, the scientists said. The two asteroids, collectively […]

What an eight-year-old Neanderthal boy can tell us about how our extinct relatives developed – The Verge

A Neanderthal boy of around eight who died almost 50,000 years ago still has things to tell us: mainly that our extinct human relatives grew up at a pace similar to our own. Knowing that can give us clues to Neanderthal social structure, as well as how our hominid cousins raised their children. The surprisingly […]

Feeling Crabby: Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Snacked on Crustaceans – U.S. News & World Report

Feeling Crabby: Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Snacked on Crustaceans – U.S. News & World Report

Scientists just discovered the first brainless animal that sleeps – Washington Post

A Cassiopea jellyfish rests upside-down on black sand and pulses, rhythmically contracting and relaxing its bell. At night, Cassiopea jellies pulse less frequently — a clue that they’re sleeping, researchers report. (Photo by JanEaster.com) It was well past midnight when Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath crept into the Caltech lab where they were keeping […]

Most Powerful Cosmic Rays Come from Galaxies Far, Far Away – Space.com

The highest-energy cosmic rays to bombard Earth apparently come from galaxies far, far away, a new study finds. Cosmic rays are made of atomic nuclei of elements ranging from hydrogen to iron, and zip through outer space at speeds approaching that of light. Analyzing them gives scientists a way to examine matter from […]

The man whose biblical doomsday claim has some nervously eyeing Sept. 23 – Washington Post

Sept. 23 is 33 days since the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, seen here over Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Some people believe that is significant. (George Frey/Getty Images) David Meade, the self-described “specialist in research and investigations,” has earned a fair amount of publicity online for predicting that catastrophic events would soon befall […]

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