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NASA’s New Mars Rover Gets a Name — Percy, For Short

NASA’s New Mars Rover Gets a Name — Percy, For Short

First came Sojourner. Then Spirit and Opportunity. Curiosity followed. And now there’s Perseverance. NASA unveiled the name for the next Mars rover on Thursday, the culmination of the agency’s “Name the Rover” essay contests that kicked off last August. The winning name was sent in…

Oceans Can Be Successfully Restored By 2050, Say Scientists

Oceans Can Be Successfully Restored By 2050, Say Scientists

Despite being treated as humanity’s rubbish dump for decades, the oceans of the world are proving remarkably resilient, says a new scientific review. Building on that resilience could lead to a full recovery within three decades, the researchers argue. Climate change, and the challenges of…

Volcanic Activity Likely Changed The Earth’s Climate 200M Years Ago, Study Says

Volcanic Activity Likely Changed The Earth’s Climate 200M Years Ago, Study Says

A new study suggests that volcanic eruptions severely altered the climate of the planet at the end of the Triassic period, at the height of the age of dinosaurs, more than 200 million years ago. The research, published in Nature Communications, highlights the “deep” levels…

Possible Superstar Comet Atlas Looks Like It’s Breaking Up Already

Possible Superstar Comet Atlas Looks Like It’s Breaking Up Already

Comet Atlas has the potential to put on one of the best shows by a melting space snowball in years, but there’s some early indications that it might be breaking up early and cruising towards a spectacular fizzling instead. In a note shared via The Astronomer’s…

The Navy Is Arming Nuclear Subs With Lasers. No One Knows Why.

The Navy Is Arming Nuclear Subs With Lasers. No One Knows Why.

Laser weapons can strike at the speed of light, and they’re quickly deploying to every possible fighting domain, whether on land, in the air, and at sea. But what about under the sea? Open-source budget documents, the earliest of which date back to 2011, show…

This Is How It Feels to Fly the F-35

This Is How It Feels to Fly the F-35

Lots of people love the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, one of the most advanced, stealthiest warplanes on the planet. And lots of people loathe it, pointing to the ballooning costs and arguing America’s newest fighter is more flash than function. But what’s it like to…

Coal Plant Developers Could Be Wasting Billions By Not Switching To Renewables

Coal Plant Developers Could Be Wasting Billions By Not Switching To Renewables

It may be cheaper to generate electricity by building new renewable sites than to run existing coal-fired power stations by 2030. Coal plant developers could be wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewable power facilities are now cheaper. In all major markets including…

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

Our personalities were long thought to be fixed by the time we reach our 30s, but the latest research suggests they change throughout our lives – and bring some surprising benefits. “Mr. President, I want to raise an issue that I think has been lurking…