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Rocket Lab Plans To Catch Its Reusable Rockets In Midair With A Helicopter

Rocket Lab Plans To Catch Its Reusable Rockets In Midair With A Helicopter

Two years ago, aerospace manufacturer SpaceX stunned the world by landing its reusable booster engine — the biggest and most costly part of the rocket used to power spacecrafts into low orbit — on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Now, California-based startup Rocket Lab, has come up with an even bolder idea: using parachutes and helicopters to capture the returning booster, or first stage as it is often called, in midair!

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Adorable Vietnamese Mouse-Deer Rediscovered In The Wild After 30 Years!

Adorable Vietnamese Mouse-Deer Rediscovered In The Wild After 30 Years!

Endemic to the forests of south and southeast Asia, the silver-backed chevrotain, or Vietnamese mouse-deer, is one of the world's most elusive animals. The rabbit-sized critter is only known to science through five specimens, four of which were recorded by researchers in 1910. The fifth was killed by a hunter and donated to scientists in 1990. Since then, there have been no recorded sightings of the animals, leading many to fear they had gone extinct. Now, thanks to the efforts and persistence of a team led by biologist Andrew Tilker, the species has not only been rediscovered but also photographed in the wild for the first time!

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ISS Astronauts May Soon Be Enjoying Freshly-Baked Cookies

ISS Astronauts May Soon Be Enjoying Freshly-Baked Cookies

Unlike early space travelers, who had to consume mysterious powders, purees, and freeze-dried cubes, today's astronauts enjoy a variety of freeze-dried meals, snacks, and desserts that can be commonly found on Earth. However, delicious as the cuisine is, it pales in comparison to a freshly-cooked meal. Though the ability to cook an entire spread in space may take a few years, astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) may soon be able to enjoy freshly-baked cookies, thanks to a newly-acquired space oven.

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Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

By Crispin Boyer

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Zeus: The Quest for the Mighty Fleas, the first in this middle grade fact-based fiction series, introduces kids to Zeus, a tiny hamster with a mighty appetite for power and his crew of critter companions at the Mount Olympus Pet Center. In this humorous retelling of the classic Golden Fleece tale, the animals eavesdrop on a podcast called Greeking Out and since the owner has named them all after Greek gods and goddesses, that’s who they think they are. The story follows their epic—and potentially perilous—adventures across the kingdom to find out if Zeus can save the day. Educator resources include a Truth behind the Fiction section in the back of the book and an educator’s guide.
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The Amazon's White Bellbirds Shatter Record For World's Loudest Bird "Song"

The Amazon's White Bellbirds Shatter Record For World's Loudest Bird "Song"

Most male birds try to attract mates with elegant gestures. Seabirds bob their heads and flutter their wings, while peacocks fan out their beautiful feathers. However, the white bellbird, endemic to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, dispenses with the pleasantries and cut to the chase by shrieking in its prospective "date's" face at a deafening 125 decibels (Db)— the loudest bird call ever recorded. To put it in perspective, that is 40 Db higher than the safe hearing range for humans! Prior to this, the honor belonged to another Amazon-dweller — the aptly-named screaming piha — which has a peak recorded "song" volume of 116 Db.

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Don't Miss The Rare Transit Of Mercury On November 11, 2019

Don't Miss The Rare Transit Of Mercury On November 11, 2019

On Monday, November 11, 2019, stargazers will be treated to an unusual sight: our solar system's smallest planet, Mercury, passing between the Earth and the Sun. The rare event, called a transit, will be the fourth of just 14 transits of Mercury that will occur during the 21st century. The last one took place on May 8, 2016, and the next will not occur until November 13, 2032. However, it will not be visible from North America, which means the continent's residents will have to wait until May 7, 2049, to observe the celestial delight again.

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Veterans Day Celebrates Our Real-Life Superheroes

Veterans Day Celebrates Our Real-Life Superheroes

Always wanted to meet a real-life superhero? Then you are in luck for November 11 is Veterans Day, an opportunity to thank the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who often risk their lives to protect our freedom. This includes all those who have served in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

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NASA's "Galaxy Of Horrors" Is Perfect For Halloween!

NASA's "Galaxy Of Horrors" Is Perfect For Halloween!

Looking for something spookier than your neighborhood haunted house this Halloween? Then you may want to take a peek at some of the ghostly space images NASA scientists have been able to capture through various missions, like the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Delivery Drones May Finally Become A Reality In The US Skies

Delivery Drones May Finally Become A Reality In The US Skies

On October 20, 2019, Wing, a subsidiary of American multinational conglomerate Alphabet Inc., began the most advanced trials of commercial drone delivery in the US yet in Christiansburg, Virginia. Residents can now use a smartphone app to order items from Wing partners such as pharmacy giant Walgreens and local specialty chocolate and popcorn retailer Sugar Magnolia. A Wing drone will pick up the order and gently lower the package with the help of a tether outside the customer's door within an hour!

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