If at first you don’t succeed, fly, fly again: Boeing to repeat CST-100 test, Russia preps another ISS taxi
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If at first you don’t succeed, fly, fly again: Boeing to repeat CST-100 test, Russia preps another ISS taxi

A reflight beckons for Starliner as rival SpaceX admits: ‘Rockets are hard’ Boeing’s Starliner capsule Roundup Boeing is to repeat December’s CST-100 test while Russia prepares for what might be the last launch of its space station taxi monopoly in this week’s wrangling of rocket news. Boeing to refly Starliner Troubled aviation giant Boeing has…

Some of the first animals on Earth were physically connected by thread-like filaments
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Some of the first animals on Earth were physically connected by thread-like filaments

Primitive animals that dominated the seas half a BILLION years ago were connected by ‘a real-life social network’ of threads up to 13ft in lengthAnimals called rangeomorphs lived on the sea bed half a billion years ago  Scientists have now identified network of filaments connecting them together   Most filaments were a few inches long but some…

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

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
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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?
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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…