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Elephants look tiny from space, but scientists figured out how to count them

Elephants look tiny from space, but scientists figured out how to count them

The world's largest land animal is still hard to monitor in the wild, but satellites could make it easier.People like to talk about landmarks that can be "seen from space," from the to the . But what about something much smaller, like elephants? They can be spotted, too, with the help of satellites and an algorithm trained to look for them.A team led by researchers with the University of Oxford and the University of Bath in the UK developed a method for counting African elephants using , opening up a new way to monitor vulnerable and endangered animals.From the lab to your inbox. Get the...

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NASA says you're about to get a rare chance to spot elusive planet Uranus

NASA says you're about to get a rare chance to spot elusive planet Uranus

Uranus is usually faint, but the moon and Mars will help guide your eyes on Jan. 20., Uranus isn't known as one of the most glamorous planets, but it's an underappreciated gem. The ice giant has a lovely blue color and . While our eyes are often drawn to brighter planets like Mars and Jupiter in the night sky, Jan. 20 will give us a decent shot at spotting elusive Uranus.You'll need binoculars or a telescope to aid in your hunt for Uranus, but says Jan. 20 represents an "easy opportunity" to spot it. From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.includes an...

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3,000 days on Mars: NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates with must-see panorama

3,000 days on Mars: NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates with must-see panorama

What's the right gift for a 3,000-Martian-day anniversary? Rocks?Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 and it just celebrated a milestone anniversary of 3,000 Martian days of living the good science life on the red planet.A Martian day -- called a "sol"-- is slightly longer than a day on Earth, clocking in at just over 24 hours and 39 minutes. Scientists track Curiosity's activities based on sols. For example, raw images taken by the rover are tagged with the sol number, so a photo snapped on its anniversary would be tagged with "Sol 3000" as well as the corresponding Earth...

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NASA set to fire up massive SLS moon rocket for final 'Green Run' test

NASA set to fire up massive SLS moon rocket for final 'Green Run' test

Before the first major Artemis mission takes off, NASA needs to prove its huge rocket system is up to the task. That calls for a hot fire test., with one of its main goals to launch Artemis I, an uncrewed moon mission meant to show its Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket can send humans to our lunar neighbor. But first, NASA plans to make some noise with a fiery SLS test this month.NASA is nearing the end of the Green Run test series that puts the core stage -- which the agency describes as "the backbone of the SLS rocket" -- through its paces before it actually launches off...

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Strange new star created by colliding white dwarfs is like nothing we've seen before

Strange new star created by colliding white dwarfs is like nothing we've seen before

The aftermath of a white dwarf collision shows a never-before-seen type of star in a neon green nebula.Far, far into the future, our sun will become a white dwarf star, a dense, dead remnant of itself. There are many white dwarfs lurking out in the cosmos and, . Astronomers think the merger of two white dwarfs may have produced a previously unseen type of star, a type of zombie furnace risen from the dead. When seen in X-ray light, the nebula around this new star glows an eye-popping green thanks to neon gas.The on Monday, saying "this image shows a new type of star that has never been seen...

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Total solar eclipse 2020 to darken the sun Monday: How to watch from anywhere

Total solar eclipse 2020 to darken the sun Monday: How to watch from anywhere

If you're not one of the lucky few on the eclipse path, you can still enjoy the solar show online thanks to livestreams.The only total of 2020 is coming up in a couple of days. The remarkable celestial event on on Monday, Dec. 14 will happen when the moon blocks the sun, blotting out the fiery disk and creating a temporary darkness along its path of totality. The eclipse will track across the southern end of South America, with people in certain regions of Chile and Argentina able to witness the full eclipse in person if the weather's clear. Well-placed boats or ships in parts of the...

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Mesmerizing NASA video captures decades of the sun's spitting fury

Mesmerizing NASA video captures decades of the sun's spitting fury

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againNASA and ESA salute 25 years of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory with a stunning timelapse.Cancel what you're doing. Grab a hot beverage, put up your feet and hit play on eye-searing video of our moody sun and what it's been up to for the last couple decades.Dec. 2 is the (SOHO), a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency. To celebrate, the agencies released a dramatic, nearly 50-minute-long video showing the sun blasting out solar material from 1998 through 2020.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest...

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Scientists spot 'fossil galaxy' lurking in the heart of the Milky Way, name it Heracles

Scientists spot 'fossil galaxy' lurking in the heart of the Milky Way, name it Heracles

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againSay hello to Heracles, a previously hidden galaxy that likely smooshed into the Milky Way billions of years ago.Our very own Milky Way galaxy had a dramatic childhood. Astronomers have unveiled a new chapter in its memoir with the discovery of a likely "fossil galaxy" hidden near its heart.The proposed fossil galaxy is named Heracles for the Greek hero. It probably tangled with the Milky Way around 10 billion years ago, back when our galaxy was a baby.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every...

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Scientists make disheartening discovery of plastic fragments near top of Mount Everest

Scientists make disheartening discovery of plastic fragments near top of Mount Everest

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againIncreased tourism on the mountain will likely cause a rise in plastic fragments, researchers say. Dammit, humanity.Humanity's obsession with plastic products has left a trail of to the highest mountains. A research team from the has discovered microplastics near the top of the legendary Mount Everest. A  on Friday describes the disheartening findings.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.Everest has been a popular, though sometimes deadly, destination for climbers looking to summit one of...

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Scientists discover beautiful new blue mineral petrovite that could find a use in next-gen batteries

Scientists discover beautiful new blue mineral petrovite that could find a use in next-gen batteries

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againIt's not just a pretty face. The mineral could find a use in next-generation rechargeable batteries.The world of minerals is just as wild as the world of animals when it comes to discovering new specimens. A research team led by crystallographer (crystal specialist) at St. Petersburg University found a lovely new entry into the world of minerals: petrovite. Petrovite is beautiful to look at, but it could also help inspire advancements in next-generation batteries.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET...

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Looks like that 'Election Day asteroid' didn't smack us after all

Looks like that 'Election Day asteroid' didn't smack us after all

We and our partners use cookies to understand how you use our site, improve your experience and serve you personalized content and advertising. Read about how we use cookies and your choices . By continuing to use this site, you accept these cookies.AcceptRejectUpdate ConsentChances were slim asteroid 2018 VP1 would turn into a shooting star.Oreo stashed its for nothing. There's been and how its path was going to bring it super close to Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the contentious . That timing earned it the not-quite-accurate nickname "Election Day asteroid."It appears the asteroid...

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ISS oxygen supply system fails in Russian module, but NASA and Roscosmos crew is OK

ISS oxygen supply system fails in Russian module, but NASA and Roscosmos crew is OK

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againFirst a pesky air leak on the space station and now this.The International Space Station is all about redundancy. There's more than one , and there's more than one oxygen supply system that provides precious air for the crew in orbit. It's still not great when one of those systems fails. An oxygen supply system in the Russian-built Zvezda module of the station failed Wednesday, . It's , so the crew of six -- which includes -- is not in danger.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.A...

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Scientists find promising 'superhabitable' planets that may be 'better' than Earth

Scientists find promising 'superhabitable' planets that may be 'better' than Earth

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe search for paradisiacal exoplanets is on.When you title a research paper "," you're not messing around. Earth, the only place we know for sure hosts life, sets a high bar for all other planets.  published in the journal Astrobiology last month. The paper identifies two dozen exoplanets (planets located outside our solar system) that could be "superhabitable" worlds more suitable for life than our own.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.The researchers created a set of criteria for...

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See a supernova go from bright to oblivion in striking Hubble Space Telescope time-lapse

See a supernova go from bright to oblivion in striking Hubble Space Telescope time-lapse

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againNASA and ESA watched the remnants of a star go from the radiance of 5 billion suns to almost nothing over the course of a year.Titanic, runaway thermonuclear explosion. A disappearing act. Nature's atomic bomb. sure knows , the final moments of a star's existence.Seventy-million light-years away in the scenic spiral galaxy NGC 2525, a white dwarf exploded and the Hubble Space Telescope witnessed its last days. NASA and the , which jointly run Hubble, released a rare . From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from...

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ISS successfully performs last-minute dodge to avoid 'unknown piece of space debris'

ISS successfully performs last-minute dodge to avoid 'unknown piece of space debris'

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againSpace junk was coming too close for comfort to the International Space Station, so it got out of the way.With space junk piling up around our planet, the  Tuesday to steer clear of an "unknown piece of space debris expected to pass within several kilometers."Mission Control in Houston conducted the move at 2:19 p.m. PT using the Russian Progress resupply spacecraft docked to the ISS to help nudge the station out of harm's way. From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week."Out of an abundance of...

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This tiny edible sofa was 3D-printed from milk

This tiny edible sofa was 3D-printed from milk

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againYum. Turns out you just need the right form of milk to 3D-print objects at room temperature.Science has been steadily working its way through various food groups when it comes to 3D printing. So far, we've got ,  and even . Now it's time for milk to shine.A team led by by turning powdered milk into "ink."From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.The researchers had a goal of developing a milk printing process that wouldn't require heating the dairy product up and destroying some of its key...

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Scientists investigate diamond planets 'unlike anything in our solar system'

Scientists investigate diamond planets 'unlike anything in our solar system'

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againA new experiment shows some exoplanets may be full of Earth's most wanted gemstone.Diamonds might be a rare commodity here on Earth, but the wider universe doesn't seem to have any shortage of them. Just imagine the outrageous bling-rings you could make from an entire planet packed with the sought-after gemstone.Researchers at Arizona State University and University of Chicago led a new study on carbon-rich exoplanets (planets located outside of our solar system) and found that some of these wild worlds might be made up of...

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It's alive: NASA powers up first Mars helicopter during Perseverance rover's space flight

It's alive: NASA powers up first Mars helicopter during Perseverance rover's space flight

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againFeel free to get hyped about flying a helicopter on another planet.already has some good news to share about its Mars Ingenuity helicopter, the high-risk, high-reward experiment that's destined for a date with the red planet. in July.The small helicopter, which is currently zipping through space tucked into the belly of the , is alive and well. that it had successfully recharged the helicopter on Aug. 7 while in mid-spaceflight. "This marks the first time the helicopter has been powered up and its batteries have been charged in...

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NASA shows off Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's wildest snaps from the last 15 years

NASA shows off Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's wildest snaps from the last 15 years

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Ancient 'terror crocodiles' had teeth the size of bananas, ate everything in sight

Ancient 'terror crocodiles' had teeth the size of bananas, ate everything in sight

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againScientists take a new look at the extinct, jumbo Deinosuchus and find it truly lived up to its name.Let's turn the clock back millions of years to a time when crocodiles as long as buses lived in the Americas. A new study of Deinosuchus fossils reveals more details of what these mind-boggling predators looked like, and how they behaved.Deinosuchus, which can be translated as "terrible crocodile" or "terror crocodile," ate dinosaurs, . The massive animals lived between 75 million and 82 million years ago and would have been at the...

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NASA astronauts say they made prank calls from SpaceX Crew Dragon once it splashed down in the water

NASA astronauts say they made prank calls from SpaceX Crew Dragon once it splashed down in the water

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againAnd the phone bill should go to Elon Musk.You've as part of the crew of the first commercially built and operated US spacecraft to ferry astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station. You're splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico and are waiting for your ride. What do you do? Make some prank calls, of course. NASA's Doug Hurley and his crewmate Bob Behnken had a satellite phone at their disposal after splashdown on Sunday. , Hurley filled us in on what they did with their spare time as they floated around. "Five hours...

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Mysterious elongated Mars cloud reappears over a massive volcano on the red planet

Mysterious elongated Mars cloud reappears over a massive volcano on the red planet

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againMars isn't erupting, but this odd cloud still puts on quite a show.The towering Arsia Mons volcano on Mars reaches over 12 miles (20 kilometers) high. It's impressive enough on its own, but it looks extra wild when a strange cloud forms above it. The European Space Agency Mars Express spacecraft has been keeping an eye on a "a mysteriously long, thin cloud" that periodically appears over Arsia Mons. On Wednesday, from observations made in July.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week."This...

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NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars 'summer road trip' designed to bypass perilous sands

NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars 'summer road trip' designed to bypass perilous sands

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againGet in the rover, kids. We're going to the sulfate-bearing unit!Mars Curiosity rover will be the envy of all road trippers. It won't have to hear "Are we there yet?" There won't be any gas station bathroom pit stops. It will just wind its way across the Gale Crater on Mars, heading for new adventures at the much-anticipated "sulfate-bearing unit."The space agency on Monday . "By trip's end, the rover will be able to ascend to the next section of the 3-mile-tall Martian (5-kilometer-tall) mountain it's been exploring since 2014,...

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How to watch the 'buck moon' lunar eclipse over the July 4 weekend

How to watch the 'buck moon' lunar eclipse over the July 4 weekend

Esto también se puede leer en español.Don't show this againThere's a partial penumbral eclipse on tap for the US on the night of July 4 and morning of July 5.Along with the Independence Day fireworks this year, skywatchers in the US may get to take in a bonus celestial show. A "buck moon" lunar eclipse is set for the night of July 4 and the morning of July 5, depending on where you are.The eclipse will be visible across most of North and South America as well as parts of southwestern Europe and Africa. This NASA map shows visibility for the globe.  for your specific location. A penumbral...

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NASA Perseverance rover and its epic Mars mission: Everything you need to know

NASA Perseverance rover and its epic Mars mission: Everything you need to know

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againNASA is returning to the surface of Mars with a fancy new rover and a daring helicopter.Perseverance rover hopes to answer our biggest burning question about Mars history: ?The dry, dusty Mars we know today was very different in the deep past. Humanity's latest rover is making a beeline for an area of Mars that was once home to a lake, a perfect place to look for signs of ancient microbes.Since Sojourner in 1997, NASA has sent a succession of increasingly sophisticated wheeled explorers to Mars. Perseverance is the latest and...

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