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Russia casts star for movie shot in space as it races to beat Tom Cruise, NASA

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced Thursday that it had selected its crew to headline the film, which will be called "Challenge."
Image:  International Space Station
Image:  International Space Station

CDC officials made a breakthrough decision on masks. This is what convinced them.

The decision was guided by scientific evidence that the vaccines have played a major role in curbing both infections and transmission of the virus.
Mohammed Aliyu, left, and Henok Gemeda, right, style customers' hair at K Signature Slice Barber Shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis on July 13, 2020.
Mohammed Aliyu, left, and Henok Gemeda, right, style customers' hair at K Signature Slice Barber Shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis on July 13, 2020.

'We need to know': Covid vaccine trial launched for people with immune disorders

Millions of Americans have immune disorders, autoimmune diseases or have received an organ transplant.
Image: Vaccine needle
Image: Vaccine needle

Covid deaths in U.S. hit lowest level in 10 months

Vaccines have been crucial to declining deaths and coronavirus cases, experts say.
A group of friends, who said they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19, relax on the beach in the Venice section of Los Angeles on May 5, 2021.
A group of friends, who said they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19, relax on the beach in the Venice section of Los Angeles on May 5, 2021.
3d ago

NASA spacecraft detects a constant 'hum' deep in the cosmos

The faint vibrations were first picked up in 2017 by the Voyager 1 probe, which has spent almost a decade journeying through interstellar space.
Image: Voyager 1
Image: Voyager 1
3d ago

NASA's James Webb Telescope undergoes final tests ahead of October launch

With its infrared eyes, the next-generation observatory will be able to study some of the oldest and most distant stars in the universe.
Image: The conclusion of this test represents the team’s final in a long series of checkpoints designed to ensure Webb’s 18 hexagonal mirrors are prepared for a long life of profound discovery.
Image: The conclusion of this test represents the team’s final in a long series of checkpoints designed to ensure Webb’s 18 hexagonal mirrors are prepared for a long life of profound discovery.

Shrunken head artifact used as prop in John Huston film revealed to be human

Researchers say their tests show the object is what it was supposed to be — a genuine shrunken human head — opening the door to its return to Ecuador.
Image: The tsansta was used as a prop in the 1979 John Huston movie Wise Blood.
Image: The tsansta was used as a prop in the 1979 John Huston movie Wise Blood.

Ceremonial shrunken head returning to the Amazon after being displayed in U.S.

Researchers at Mercer University are sending a shrunken head back to Ecuador after discovering the head, called a “tsantsa” in Amazonian languages, is genuine. The head had been on display in the U.S. for decades and was even used as a film prop in 1979. 
Ceremonial shrunken head returning to the Amazon after being displayed in U.S.
Ceremonial shrunken head returning to the Amazon after being displayed in U.S.
5d ago

China defends handling of rocket that fell to Earth

Booster rockets usually fall back to Earth soon after takeoff. China’s space agency hasn’t said why the Long March was sent temporarily into orbit.
Image: Long March 5B rocket
Image: Long March 5B rocket

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

This month, SpaceX has already launched dozens of satellites. It is all part of a plan to bridge the digital divide and bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.
A string of SpaceX StarLink satellites passes over an old stone house near Florence, Kan., on May 6, 2021.
A string of SpaceX StarLink satellites passes over an old stone house near Florence, Kan., on May 6, 2021.

A giant sequoia in California is still smoldering from last year's wildfires

The burning tree was found by the National Park Service during surveys in the area to assess damage from the 2020 Castle Fire.
A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park.
A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park.

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