Genetic diversity can flag species in trouble

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A new method identifies vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss. The measurement could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or...

Arsenic attaches to water that’s ‘too pure’

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Can water ever be too clean? If the intent is to store it underground, the answer, surprisingly, is yes. In a new study, scientists show that recycled water percolating into underground storage aquifers in Southern...

Mission team ready for Galileo launch

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When the next pair of Galileo satellites is boosted into orbit next Friday, a team of mission control experts in Darmstadt, Germany, will spring into action, working around the clock to bring the duo...

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen begins busy International Space Station tour

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ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen arrived at the Internation Space Station today after a two-day flight with Soyuz spacecraft commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Their flight to the International Space Station in the...

‘Squid teeth’ plastic self-heals with water

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Scientists derived the genetic code of squid ring teeth to develop a polymer that self-heals with a single drop of water. The material potentially could extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic cables, and other...

Why cameras are taking thousands of mosquito pics

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Engineers and entomologists have teamed up to capture and analyze lots of high-resolution images of mosquitoes in a swamp in Tanzania. They want to use the data to develop better netting and physical protection against Anopheles gambiae...

LISA Pathfinder set for launch site

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LISA Pathfinder, ESA’s demonstrator for spaceborne observations of gravitational waves, is ready to leave for Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Scheduled for launch on a Vega rocket later this year, the spacecraft was on...

Latest Galileos closing in on launch

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Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have been attached to the dispenser that will hold them during their flight up into space, then release them into their planned orbits. Galileo 9 and 10 are due...

Plastic bits have been in 90% of seabird bellies

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A new study estimates that 90 percent of individual seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic. “This is a huge amount and really points to the ubiquity of plastic pollution,” says lead author...

Team uses laser to de-spin a tiny ‘asteroid’

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Imagine this science fiction scenario: We harness the sun’s immense power and convert it into a massive phased array of laser beams that have the potential to intercept and deflect asteroids heading toward Earth. This...
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