Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected so much rock from asteroid Bennu that bits are leaking out.

Oct. 24, 2020 ~2 min

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Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Was our planet always wet?

The building blocks of our planet may have been the source of water on Earth rather than comets or asteroids from faraway, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Dwarf planet Ceres may have salty water inside

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres point to briny resevoirs below its surface, researchers say.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~11 min

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Meteorites from Mars contain clues about the red planet's geology

Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.

Arya Udry, Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology, Planetary Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Can space rocks on a distant asteroid explain Earth’s water?

Tiny meteoroids on a far off asteroid could explain how we got both water and "stardust" on Earth.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

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Collision may explain asteroid Bennu’s ‘spinning top’ shape

Simulations may solve the mystery of why some asteroids like Bennu have a "spinning top" shape. The work points to the origins of these kinds of asteroids.

U. Arizona • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

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