This week you can listen to the sound of Earth’s largest living organism, NASA is struggling to open the lid on its asteroid sample, and a lost continent has been located 155 million years after it broke from Australia. Finally, we look at the only known physical remains of a first-generation human hybrid.
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Cosmonauts Find Growing Blob Outside International Space Station
Cosmonauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) conducted a spacewalk in order to fix a leaking radiator on Wednesday. Inspecting the source of the leak, the cosmonauts were equipped with a cloth towel to soak up any escaping liquid but were told to leave the area immediately after encountering a blob of coolant, which had moved onto one's safety tether. Read the full story here
Listen To The Eerie Sounds Of Pando, Earth’s Largest Living Organism
The sounds of Pando, the tree that is its own forest, have been released in an effort to promote awareness of this astonishing organism and the threats it faces. At a conference in May, Jeff Rice and Lance Oditt of Friends of Pando presented what they call Pando’s “acoustic portrait”. At the time, only those who attended the conference got to hear the sounds, but they have now been released to the world. Read the full story here
NASA Brings Back Actual Sample Of Asteroid But Can't Open The Lid
In a historic first for the US, NASA successfully returned a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth last month. Since then, scientists have been working to open the sample, ensuring it it cannot be contaminated by anything on Earth, but unfortunately, they have hit a slight snag. They cannot open the sample canister and can only use tools already inside the contamination-free box. Read the full story here
Lost Continent Argoland Located 155 Million Years After It Broke From Australia
Geologists believe that around 155 million years ago, a 5,000-kilometer (3,107-mile) long chunk of land, dubbed Argoland, broke off from Western Australia, but what happened to it after that was unknown – until now. Read the full story here
The Acid-Spraying Giant Vinegaroons Just Gained Three New Members
If a skunk had a baby with a scorpion, you might just end up with something like a giant vinegaroon. These bizarre arachnids are named after the potent acid they spray that stinks to high heaven of acetic acid, the same thing you get a whiff of from vinegar. Now, three new members have joined the clan following a study that’s uncovering the diversity of giant vinegaroons in Mexico. Read the full story here
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Meet Denny, The Only Human Hybrid Remains Ever Unearthed
Born as a result of a Neanderthal breeding with a Denisovan, the bones of “Denny” are the only known physical remains of a first-generation human hybrid. But as exceptional as her remains may be, research suggests there were once plenty more just like her. Read the full story here
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