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European Built Service Module for NASA's Orion Capsule is Delayed 3 Months

The European-built service module for NASA’s Orion crew-transport vehicle will be three months late in being shipped to the United States following modifications to the design recommended by a June 16 program review, a senior European...Show More Summary

Are you considering starting a home aquarium? Here’s some advice...

Are you considering starting a home aquarium? Here’s some advice on how to do it the right way, courtesy of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory? and featuring our own Education Specialist, Claudia P. Tibbs!

Stealth Saga #46

Taranis: More on Britain's consideration of flying the Taranis demonstrator again. (video of taranis' first flight)Avenger: General Atomics will be flying an improved Avenger with better sensors in October.KF-X:Work on the KF-X's radar is set to begin.FCAS: The Brits are working with the Germans on the Tornado-replacing Future Combat Air System. Show More Summary

noaasanctuaries: A day octopus or he’e mauli (in Hawaiian),...

noaasanctuaries: A day octopus or he’e mauli (in Hawaiian), sits pretty at Kure Atoll in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.  Many cephalopods have special cells in their skin tissue called chromatophores that enable them to change color very rapidly. Show More Summary

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Predatory Dinosaurs of the World - Part 2

It's back - Greg Paul's 1988 magnum opus, Predatory Dinosaurs of the World. As we established in the first post, it's long deserved its prime position in the Palaeoart Hall of Fame, having been not only highly prescient but also hugely influential on almost everyone interested in reconstructing Mesozoic theropods. Show More Summary

Want to join the cephalopod decathlon? It’ll take some...

Want to join the cephalopod decathlon? It’ll take some training—and a few extra body parts!  See cephalopods walk, swim, and jet propel in our special exhibition Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.

nationalaquarium: Did you catch the cownose rays in the Inner...

nationalaquarium: Did you catch the cownose rays in the Inner Harbor last weekend? They’re seasonal visitors to the area!  Learn more about their recent visit here. 

Evidence of Wild Fires From Barremian Cretaceous Jordan

Fire in a Weichselia-dominated coastal ecosystem from the Lower Cretaceous (Barremian) of the Kurnub Group in NW JordanAuthors:Abu Hamad et alAbstract:Large intervals of the Cretaceous are considered as a ‘high-fire’ period in Earth's history. Show More Summary

cephalopodweek: smithsonianlibraries: Many cephalopods have...

cephalopodweek: smithsonianlibraries: Many cephalopods have the unique ability to change color and pattern. If you’ve ever been curious as to how they do it, the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal has you covered. The source of this octopus image is The Cephalopoda by Carl Chun, which was translated from the German by Albert Mercado in 1975. Show More Summary

Can an extract from hops flowers reduce breast cancer risk?

Some sort of Hops Flowers Substance is a common dietary supplement used by post-menopausal women. A recent study looks at one molecule extracted from hops to see if it could help reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. The paper is in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, and is called Hop (Humulus lupulus L.)…

Pixar draws inspiration from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for new movie "Finding Dory"

Pixar draws inspiration from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for new movie "Finding Dory": Fintastic!

16 common grammatical mistakes or problems

Certain things that come across one’s desktop, on the internet, are hard to turn away from. Train wrecks, for example. For me, this list includes commentary about grammatical errors and proper language use. I find this sort of discussion interesting because I’m an anthropologist, and probably also because I’ve spend a lot of time 100%…

Pluto must have liquid ocean or it’d look like an overripe peach

If Pluto’s inner sea froze recently, we should see ridges popping up in the dwarf planet's outer shell. Since we don’t, it's probably still liquid

Mercury Increased in Three Different Spikes From Deccan Traps Across the K-T/K-Pg Boundary

Mercury enrichment and Hg isotopes in Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary successions: Links to volcanism and palaeoenvironmental impactsAuthors:Sial et alAbstract:We investigate the use of Hg as a proxy for volcanism by studying four distal...Show More Summary

Evidence of Ectasian/Stenian MesoProterozoic River Morphology

Deeply channelled Precambrian rivers: Remote sensing and outcrop evidence from the 1.2 Ga Stoer Group of NW ScotlandAuthors:Ielpi et alAbstract:The current paradigm on Precambrian fluvial sedimentology assumes that pre-vegetation environments did not allow for the establishment of deep, stable channels. Show More Summary

Were the Very First Snakes Marine Animals?

New Research on Ancestral Snake Suggests Marine Origins Scientists from the University of Alberta (Canada), in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Toronto Mississauga, as well as with researchers from a number of academic...Show More Summary

Taiwan Wants "Jeep" Aircraft Carrier, Aegis Destroyers

link. Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Pai Hunghui brief[ed] legislators on the Republic of China Navy’s ship building plans for the long-term on Jun. 20. He was questioned by lawmakers in the morning after the local media reported in advance the previous day on what the Navy plans to reveal at a press event later that afternoon. link.

Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

Bots are flooding Twitter with messages promoting both camps in the EU referendum. But their potential to influence the way we vote reaches far beyond social media

Is Cancer an Evolutionary Mechanism to Prevent Faulty Genes From Being Passed on?

Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to stop.Maybe, they suggest, cancer's not working against us. Maybe the disease is actually an evolutionary 'final checkpoint' that stops faulty DNA from being passed down to the next generation. link.

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