India has Located the Vikram Lander, But it’s Still not Communicating With Home
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India has Located the Vikram Lander, But it’s Still not Communicating With Home

On Sunday (Sept. 8th), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that they had located Vikram, the lander element of their Chandrayaan-2 mission. The search began almost immediately after the space agency lost contact with the robotic spacecraft, which occurred moments before it set down on the lunar surface (on Friday, Sept. 6th). The location…

EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections
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EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government. Timothy Gardner/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Timothy Gardner/Reuters EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government. Timothy Gardner/Reuters The Trump administration is changing the definition…

New metamaterial morphs into new shapes, taking on new properties
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New metamaterial morphs into new shapes, taking on new properties

A nanoarchitected metamaterial deforming to create the Caltech icon. Credit: Julia Greer/Caltech A newly developed type of architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion. While most reconfigurable materials can toggle between two distinct states, the way a switch toggles on or off, the new material’s shape can be finely tuned,…

Scientists dig genetic clues from 1.7m-year-old rhino tooth
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Scientists dig genetic clues from 1.7m-year-old rhino tooth

Genetic information has been 
extracted from a 1.7 million year old rhino tooth, raising hopes that crucial data about extinct animals could be 
retrieved, or lost species revived. The discovery is one million years older than the oldest DNA sequenced, from a 700,000-year-old horse, and is the earliest ever recorded. Researchers at the universities of Cambridge…

UN Scientists Just Endorsed a Piece of the Green New Deal to Fight Global Inequality
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UN Scientists Just Endorsed a Piece of the Green New Deal to Fight Global Inequality

Photo: GettyThe United Nations released a new science-based report Wednesday that shows the ways climate change can reverse the progress the world has made to end inequality through the U.N.’s sustainable development goals. The international institution offers plenty of solutions to combat this disappointing reality, but among them is a key piece of a proper…

Biology of bat wings may hold lessons for cold-weather work, exercise
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Biology of bat wings may hold lessons for cold-weather work, exercise

A new study shows that bats wing muscles operate at significantly lower temperatures than their bodies, particularly during flight. Understanding how bats get such high performance out of cold muscle could provide insights to human muscle performance in cold temperatures. Pictured is the fruit bat species Carollia perspicillata, which was used in the study. Credit:…