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USGS Moffett Field Campus celebrates first arrivals

CLICK HERE if you have trouble viewing photos on a mobile device You need another sign that Menlo Park is becoming too expensive: USGS, one of the city's premier employers, is packing up its seismologists and geologists and went to Mountain View. The US Geological Survey broke the tie Wednesday at its new Moffett Field site, heralding the first phase …

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A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Implications Implications for Global Sea Levels

Melting ice sheets in the Antarctic, particularly one of the largest and most unstable glaciers in the region, could significantly accelerate global sea level rise. The climate scientists who measured likely outcomes of glacial melting at The bottom of the world focuses on the study on the Thwaites glacier, on area as large as Florida in western Antarctica that is …

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Launch of Arianespace Vega failed, lost satellite Emirati

WASHINGTON – The fifteenth launch of a European Vega rocket failed on July 10, resulting in the loss of an imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. The Vega rocket built by the Italian manufacturer Avio started at 21.53 clock. East of Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on the north coast of South America. Telemetry data indicated a deviation …

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The genetic breakthrough in cereal crops could help improve yields worldwide

Plant geneticist Rajan Sekhon conducts research in a field near Clemson University's Student Organic Farm. Picture credits: Pete Martin / College of Science A team of scientists at Clemson University has achieved a breakthrough in the genetics of crop aging that could dramatically impact the future of food security in the age of climate change. Collaborative research investigating the genetic …

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"Oldest remnants" outside of Africa reset the human migration clock

The Apidima 2 skull (right) and its reconstruction (left). Apidima 2 displays a number of features that are characteristic of Neanderthals and indicate that it belongs to the Neanderthal line. Picture credits: Copyright Katerina Harvati, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. A 210,000-year-old skull was identified as the earliest modern human being found outside of Africa, and humanity has returned to Europe …

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Two Supermassive Black Holes Are On A Devastating Crash Course

Collision Course Two supermassive black holes, each of them more than a million times lighter than our sun. Thankfully, the two black holes are both about 2.5 billion light-years The Astrophysical Journal Letters on Wednesday, so it will take long for astronomers to detect the cosmic waves given off by the collision. When the black holes reach the final days …

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Our moon could escape Earth orbit and become a "ploonet"

Meet the Ploonets Our moon may not always be the dedicated companion of the earth that it is now. An international research team has proposed a hypothetical new type of world known as the "Ploonet": a former moon that has escaped from its host planet's orbit and is instead orbiting its host star. The team believes ploonets could explain several …

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Apollo 11: "The Biggest TV Show in History"

image credits Getty Images Caption Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin deploy the US flag on the moon, 1969 The fascinating television coverage of the Apollo 11 lunar landing 50 years ago has brought unimaginable images and ideas into the homes of millions of people, leaving a profound impact on pop culture and the American psyche . When The spaceship Eagle …

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