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5d ago

A helium leak in Boeing's spaceship will further delay its first flight with astronauts

The Starliner's launch, previously scheduled for Saturday, is now on hold, with the next possible launch date still under discussion.
Boeing's Starliner capsule atop an Atlas V rocket.
Boeing's Starliner capsule atop an Atlas V rocket.

Hundreds of mountain goats were flown to a new home. Very few survived.

After mountain goats were moved into Washington state's Cascade Mountains, most died within a few years — bringing scientists' attention to a broader threat to the species.
a "mugger" hands off a kid mountain goat to Olympic National Park Wildlife Branch Chief
a "mugger" hands off a kid mountain goat to Olympic National Park Wildlife Branch Chief

Turbulence-related deaths are rare, but climate change is making for bumpier air travel

From 2009 to 2023, turbulence resulted in 185 serious injuries aboard commercial planes, but there were no turbulence-related deaths in the U.S. in that time, officials said.
The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport
The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Blood-sucking body lice may have spread plague more than thought, science suggests

Lab experiments support the possibility that the blood-sucking bugs may have played a role in the rapid spread of the plague in the Middle Ages.
Light micrograph of female of human body louse
Light micrograph of female of human body louse

Threatened howler monkeys are dropping dead from trees as heat toll mounts in Mexico

In the state of Tabasco, temperatures are forecast this week to surpass 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dozens of howler monkeys have died due to drought and high temperatures in Comalcalo, Mexico.
Dozens of howler monkeys have died due to drought and high temperatures in Comalcalo, Mexico.

These Mexicans are trying to save the volcano axolotl, a beloved and endangered amphibian

Drying rivers threaten the endangered salamander-like amphibian, which is a crucial part of the region's ecosystem and has been part of Mexican mythology and culture since pre-Hispanic times.
salamander volcano
salamander volcano
7d ago

Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, becomes oldest person to reach space

Dwight was an Air Force pilot when President John F. Kennedy championed him as a candidate for NASA’s early astronaut corps.
Blue Origin flew adventurers to the final frontier on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, reigniting competition in the space tourism market after a rocket mishap put its crewed operations on hold.
Blue Origin flew adventurers to the final frontier on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, reigniting competition in the space tourism market after a rocket mishap put its crewed operations on hold.

New research could solve the mystery behind the construction of Egypt's pyramids

Why are Egypt’s pyramids in a remote desert? New research says the Nile used to flow there.
egypt giza pyramids camels tourists
egypt giza pyramids camels tourists

World's oceans have gone 'crazy haywire,' officials warn, with majority of coral reefs in peril

Conditions last year were so unusually warm in some waters that heat stress levels were literally off the charts of NOAA's alert system.
Reef fishes swim over a reef
Reef fishes swim over a reef

Cities look for new ways to keep people safe — and alive — as extreme summer heat looms

Preparations for severe heat waves have been underway for many months in parts of the country that were hit hard last year.
A Jet takes flight from Sky Harbor International Airport as the sun sets over downtown Phoenix, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Millions of people around the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave. Phoenix is currently America's hottest large city with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Jet takes flight from Sky Harbor International Airport as the sun sets over downtown Phoenix, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Millions of people around the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave. Phoenix is currently America's hottest large city with temperatures forecast to hit as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
12d ago

Mona Lisa's mysterious background decrypted by art-loving geologist

“When I came to Lecco, I realized he had painted the 'Mona Lisa' here,” said Renaissance specialist Ann Pizzorusso.
Over 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, an academic believes she has unraveled the mystery about the backdrop to one of the world’s most famous works of art.
Over 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, an academic believes she has unraveled the mystery about the backdrop to one of the world’s most famous works of art.

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