For the first time, an indigenous American tribe donates seeds to the doomsday vault
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For the first time, an indigenous American tribe donates seeds to the doomsday vault

This remote mountainside could be humanity’s salvation. Image: JUNGE, HEIKO / AFP / Getty Images By Siobhan Neela-Stock2020-02-09 21:18:43 UTC Millennia from now, future humans might be snacking on heirloom crops provided by the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation is the first indigenous American tribe in the U.S. to be invited to contribute its heirloom…

First evidence that Antarctica’s thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea
Nature & Science

First evidence that Antarctica’s thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

A detailed view of changes in ice flow around the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, due to thinning ice shelves. Pine Island Glacier is at the top right, with changes seen almost 100 miles inland. Credit: Northumbria University Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more…

Is This the First Fossil of an Embryo?
Nature & Science

Is This the First Fossil of an Embryo?

Mysterious 609-million-year-old balls of cells may be the oldest animal embryos — or something else entirely.A tiny fossil known as Caveasphaera is made up of hundreds of cells. It might be a 609-million-year-old animal embryo. Credit…Yin Zongjun and Philip DonoghueNov. 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ETA creature called Caveasphaera lived in China 609 million years ago, and…

First day of solar challenge begins
Green Energy

First day of solar challenge begins

More than 40 teams from 21 countries have started their gruelling 3000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide, in the World Solar Challenge.The smallest car competing, Solar Team Twente arrived at the first control stop of Katherine at 12.08pm on Sunday, several minutes ahead of compatriots Top Dutch Solar Racing.In third place is Belgian team…

First Arab astronaut set for International Space Station voyage, alongside a Jew
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First Arab astronaut set for International Space Station voyage, alongside a Jew

An Emirati astronaut who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station said Tuesday he had received support from around the world before his “dream” mission. Hazzaa al-Mansoori, 35, is set to blast into space accompanied by Russia’s Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir — a Swedish-American Jew whose…

This is our first picture of a second interstellar object as it zips through the solar system
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This is our first picture of a second interstellar object as it zips through the solar system

Astronomers have released the first image of only the second interstellar object we’ve ever seen passing through the solar system. And it’s almost certainly a comet.Meet the comet: Its name is C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), in provisional honor of the amateur astronomer who first discovered it. Follow-up observations revealed a few things about the object. First, it…