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Genome sequencing shows why these pests are so hard to kill

Cockroaches have been roommates of humanity for thousands of years, thanks to their amazing ability to survive even in the most adverse environments. These unwanted, spooky insects mostly survive in the fermentation of food in the sewage pipes of our homes. Cockroaches cause allergies, are a rich source of pathogenic bacteria and therefore a major nuisance to most of us. …

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Igloos on the Moon? This could be ISRO's new habitation experiment

The government on Wednesday , March 21, told the Lok Sabha that the ISRO was conducting experiments on potential structures for lunar habitation. (Representational Image: Reuters) Apart from experimenting with satellites, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working on a new project, which could be about building igloos on the moon. The government on Wednesday, March 21, told the …

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European Space Agency chooses exoplanet-studying spacecraft for 2028 launch

An illustration by an artist about a hot exoplanet that "wanders through" its host star. The European Space Agency's newly selected ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) mission will investigate such extraterrestrial worlds for guidance on the origins and evolution of exoplanets. Source: ESA / ATB medialab, CC BY-SA 3.0 19659004] A better understanding of the diversity and evolution of …

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Huge disco ball to topple back to Earth

The party comes to an end and much sooner than expected The Humanity Star, a reflective satellite launched by the private company Rocket Lab, is expected to go out sometime this week. It was launched in New Zealand in January and should have taken us to the skies for most of 2018. "In the coming days, the Humanity Star will …

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Veteran Crew launches today to the space station: Watch It Live

Three Space Aviation veterans take off today (March 21) with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and begin a 50-hour journey to the International Space Station. The start is set for 1:44. EDT (1744 GMT) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You can watch the launch here and on the Space.com home page, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA flight engineers Ricky Arnold and …

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ESA's next scientific mission focuses on the nature of exoplanets

In this artist image of an exoplanet system, a hot planet appears in front of its parent star. Credit: ESA / ATG medialab, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO The nature of planets orbiting stars in other systems is at the center of ESA's fourth scientific mission to be launched in mid-2028. Ariel, the Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Mission, has …

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"Oumuamua came from a binary star system, researchers say

There is a new update on the Journey to Earth's Galactic Neighborhood, which has made a foreign asteroid in October 2017. According to a new report, the interstellar visitor "Oumuamua", a mammoth, cigar-shaped stone, may have encountered us Solar system from the gravitational slingshot of a binary star system Oumuamua was the first interstellar asteroid to puzzle astronomers. The matter …

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The spacecraft that doubles as a weapon

A British company has announced it will launch two new "space tractors" that will be attached to old communication satellites, giving them life-prolonging thrust. But the Space Drone tugs, built by Effective Space, are capable of much more. They could help clean up space junk, endangering satellites and space stations. And under the right circumstances, they – and spaceships like …

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Wandering rogue moons can be as common as stars

An Exomoon orbiting a gas giant planet in the mind of this artist. What happens to exo moons when their planets interact? (NASA / JPL-Caltech) Mongols torn from their planets and thrown outward to drive in space could be as common as stars in the universe, a new study finds. Moons are common in the solar system, at least Jupiter …

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