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'Wonderchicken' fossil from Belgium reveals dawn of modern birds

A fossil unearthed in Belgium dubbed the "Wonderchicken" is providing a rare glimpse into the early evolution of modern birds at the twilight of the age of dinosaurs, right before an asteroid impact altered the course of life on Earth.

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9:09am PDT - March 18th, 2020

Fossil 'wonderchicken' could be earliest known fowl

A newly discovered fossil bird could be the oldest-known ancestor of every chicken on the planet.

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9:03am PDT - March 18th, 2020

Comet 67P is hiding nitrogen that could solve a solar system mystery

The Rosetta spacecraft’s measurements of comet 67P have revealed a hidden source of nitrogen that may help us learn how giant planets – and even life – formed

asteroid - New Scientist
11:00am PDT - March 12th, 2020

Dinosaurs had shorter days and longer years, according to new study

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth 65 million years ago, but they did so when a day was shorter than it is now, according to newly published research.

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8:45am PDT - March 12th, 2020

World's smallest dinosaur discovered: 'We've never seen anything like it'

The world's smallest dinosaur has been found, a two-inch bird-like creature that "looks like it just died yesterday."

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9:58am PDT - March 11th, 2020

Astronomers photographed a possible 'mini-moon' orbiting Earth — though it might just be space debris

Astronomers recently photographed a small object in a chaotic orbit around Earth. It might be a mini-moon — a former asteroid temporarily in Earth's orbit. If so, it would be only the second such object astronomers have seen. It could also be space debris — 5…

asteroid - Business Insider
5:43am PST - March 3rd, 2020

NASA's Psyche asteroid mission will use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX has won the contract for NASA's Psyche mission, and it's using the Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the spacecraft and ferry it to its target asteroid. NASA first approved plans to visit Psyche back in 2017 before finalizing them last year. Scientists wan…

asteroid - Engadget
6:03pm PST - February 28th, 2020

SpaceX wins the $117 million launch contract to explore Psyche’s heavy metal asteroid

SpaceX has won the launch contract for NASA’s 2022 mission to explore the mineral-rich asteroid known as Psyche, the space agency announced today, including launch services and other mission-related costs valued at $117 million — remarkably low for a mission …

asteroid - TechCrunch
1:57pm PST - February 28th, 2020

Scientists say Earth has two moons now

Astronomers from the Catalina Sky Survey yesterday announced they’d found a second natural satellite orbiting the Earth. It looks like our planet and its long-standing partner Luna have decided to explore polyamory. The newcomer is a small asteroid that was a…

asteroid - The Next Web
1:31pm PST - February 26th, 2020

An Object from Deep Space Has Entered Earth's Orbit

The possible 'mini-moon' quietly started orbiting Earth three years ago, and was just detected by astronomers.

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9:30am PST - February 26th, 2020

Earth has acquired a brand new moon that's about the size of a car

Astronomers have spotted an asteroid that has been captured by Earth's gravity, making it a temporary mini-moon. It will probably fly away again in April

asteroid - New Scientist
8:24am PST - February 26th, 2020

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ offers spooky delights

At times, it can be hard to tell exactly who “Locke & Key” was made for. Adapted from a comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, the show tells the story of the Locke family after they move into the mysterious Keyhouse, wher…

asteroid - TechCrunch
10:01am PST - February 22nd, 2020

MIT system predicts the best way to deflect an Earth-bound asteroid

We’re not in immediate danger of any asteroids colliding with Earth – at least not as far as anyone’s aware. But it’s not like it hasn’t happened before, and there is an expected near-miss coming up in 2029. Accordingly, it’s probably best to be prepared, and…

asteroid - TechCrunch
11:22am PST - February 19th, 2020

Perfectly preserved 6,000-year-old leaf that fell from elm tree discovered by archaeologists

A leaf that fell from an elm tree more than 6,000 years ago was discovered intact by archaeologists in the United Kingdom.

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11:02am PST - February 18th, 2020

When the Sun expands, it will trash all the asteroids

Light from stars at the end of their lives is intense enough to rip asteroids to bits.

asteroid - Ars Technica
9:01am PST - February 18th, 2020

Dinosaurs were warm-blooded, shocking study says

Despite most scientists generally accepting that dinosaurs were cold-blooded creatures, a new study suggests they were in fact warm-blooded.

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7:39am PST - February 18th, 2020

Massive asteroid will swing by Earth after Valentine's Day

Not long after Valentine's Day ends, a massive asteroid estimated to be between 1,443 feet and 3,248 feet long will pass by Earth around 6:05 a.m. ET on Saturday. Based on the size range, it could be anywhere between the size of a suspension bridge to taller …

asteroid - CNN
8:09am PST - February 14th, 2020

NASA’s next science missions will head for Venus, Io, or Triton

The four Solar System exploration proposals selected to move to the next stage of NASA’s Discovery Program were VERITAS, DAVINCI+, Trident, and IVO.

asteroid - The Verge
2:45pm PST - February 13th, 2020

Potentially hazardous asteroid that zipped past Earth has its own 'moon'

A "potentially hazardous asteroid" that whizzed past Earth earlier this month is so large it has its own "moon."

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7:11am PST - February 13th, 2020

NASA Spots 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Rapidly Approaching Earth

NASA has confirmed that an asteroid larger than the tallest man-made structure in the world is hurtling towards Earth at an incredible speed.

asteroid - IGN
3:32am PST - February 13th, 2020

Mars may have formed 15 million years later than we thought

Young Mars may have endured a series of huge collisions that smashed its mantle, throwing off our measurements of when it formed by up to 15 million years

asteroid - New Scientist
11:00am PST - February 12th, 2020

'Weird' reptile with long snout that lived 200M years ago discovered in Alaska

The fossils of a "weird" and bizarre-looking new reptile species from 200 million years ago have been identified after they were first discovered in Alaska nearly a decade ago.

asteroid - Fox News
6:42am PST - February 7th, 2020

'Bonecrushing' crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

The fossils of a "bonecrushing" ancestor of the modern-day crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230 million years ago have been discovered in Brazil, stunning researchers.

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5:36am PST - February 6th, 2020

New species of meat-eating dinosaur discovered in Utah

Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new species of meat-eating dinosaur in Utah.

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12:17pm PST - January 27th, 2020

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Wall-E syndrome

This is the second article in TNW’s “A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse” series highlighting the potential existential threats AI poses to humankind. Read the first article, “Misaligned objectives,” here. Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize…

asteroid - The Next Web
1:22pm PST - January 23rd, 2020