Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out – Washington Post

Stephen Hawking on a New York stage during the announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative in April 2016. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Humans are overdue for a return trip to the moon, Stephen Hawking has just opined. Speaking on Tuesday at the Starmus Festival, a science-slash-musical gathering, the astrophysicist offered two parts doom cut with one part […]

August solar eclipse may be most viewed ever – CBS News

August solar eclipse may be most viewed ever – CBS News

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that will race across the heartland of America at some 1,500 mph, moving over 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina as the United States experiences its first total eclipse of the sun since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast […]

NASA’s Mars rover is really good at laser-blasting rocks without human input – The Verge

NASA’s Mars rover is really good at laser-blasting rocks without human input – The Verge

For the last year, the Curiosity rover has been studying the surface of Mars with more independence than ever before, saving human time and energy. The partly autonomous exploration is also helping people sidestep the constraints of working across vast distances in space. This new capability is powered by software called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering […]

European deep-space probe will seek out strange new worlds, alien life – PRI

Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. “The PLATO mission will address fundamental questions such as ‘How common are Earth-like planets?’ and ‘Is our solar system unusual or even unique?’,” said the University of Warwick, whose […]

How cats conquered the ancient world – BBC News

How cats conquered the ancient world – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The tabby is prized for its beauty The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice – in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild […]

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that’s bad news – CNN

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