SpaceX’s Falcon 9 wins launch of an asteroid-attacking NASA spacecraft – Teslarati
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 wins launch of an asteroid-attacking NASA spacecraft – Teslarati

Just minutes before SpaceX began fueling Falcon Heavy for its commercial launch debut, NASA announced that the company had won a contract for its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, to be launched by Falcon 9 for the low cost of $69M. Designed to cost less than $250M total, the DART mission will aim to…

Chinese Scientists Implant Human Brain Genes into Monkeys – The Epoch Times
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Chinese Scientists Implant Human Brain Genes into Monkeys – The Epoch Times

Chinese scientists have implanted human brain genes into monkeys, taking another step into what has been described as the “ethical nightmare” realm of gene-editing. In a study published last month in Beijing’s National Science Review, the journal of the state-sponsored Chinese Academy of Science, scientists inserted the human gene, MCPH1, which has been linked to brain…

Scientists think a new ‘super-Earth’ planet is possibly orbiting the nearest star to our sun – Daily Mail
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Scientists think a new ‘super-Earth’ planet is possibly orbiting the nearest star to our sun – Daily Mail

Scientists think a new ‘super-Earth’ planet – six times larger than our own -is possibly orbiting the nearest star to our sun – but it would be too cold for life to existAstronomers say they may have detected a second planet around Proxima Centauri, our solar system’s nearest neighboring starThe planet’s existence remains unconfirmed, for…

SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’ – The Times of Israel
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SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’ – The Times of Israel

Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.” The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon…

Science behind black hole image may have far-reaching applications – WRAL.com
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Science behind black hole image may have far-reaching applications – WRAL.com

By Tony Rice, WRAL contributorThe first image of a black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy published this week is amazing. The technology developed to create it is just as amazing. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project brought together a network of 10 telescopes across the globe to see, as project director…

Doomed Beresheet spacecraft snapped this picture moments before crashing into Moon – Fox News
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Doomed Beresheet spacecraft snapped this picture moments before crashing into Moon – Fox News

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft snapped a stunning picture of the Moon moments before it crashed into the lunar surface Thursday.The spacecraft experienced an engine problem seconds before it was expected to reach the Moon. Beresheet was just a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the probe.The…

Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. – The New York Times
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Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. – The New York Times

matterNASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space. ImageAstronaut Scott Kelly in the cupola of the International Space Station in 2011.CreditCreditJSC/NASAFor 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself.He drew…

Forget The Black Hole Picture — Check Out The Sweet Technology That Made It Possible – FiveThirtyEight
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Forget The Black Hole Picture — Check Out The Sweet Technology That Made It Possible – FiveThirtyEight

Today, a black hole observed … tomorrow, a pothole avoided? On Wednesday, researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope project released the first images ever taken of a black hole — a gravitational sinkhole in space powerful enough to suck in even light itself. Capturing those images was an amazing feat. But the technologies developed to…

Production of phosphorene nanoribbons – Nature.com
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Production of phosphorene nanoribbons – Nature.com

AbstractPhosphorene is a mono-elemental, two-dimensional (2D) substance with outstanding, highly directional properties and a bandgap that depends on the number of layers of the material1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. Nanoribbons, meanwhile, combine the flexibility and unidirectional properties of one-dimensional nanomaterials, the high surface area of 2D nanomaterials and the electron-confinement and edge effects of both. The structures of nanoribbons…

The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics – Science News
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The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics – Science News

Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available. This is what a black hole looks like.A world-spanning network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope zoomed in on the supermassive monster in the galaxy M87 to create this first-ever picture of a black hole.“We have seen what we thought…