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U.S. space program may be at risk due to faulty Russian rocket engines

U.S. space program may be at risk due to faulty Russian rocket engines

U.S. space agency NASA and the U.S. military may be at risk because of a major Russian scandal in which rocket engines were built out of cheap and potentially defective metal.

NASA uses Russia’s Proton-M rockets to launch cargo and well as crews to the International Space Station (ISS). But, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin recently revealed that Proton-M rockets would be out of service for the next 3½ months because of engine issues.

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Tourists let baby dolphin die on Argentina beach

Tourists let baby dolphin die on Argentina beach

A baby dolphin died last Sunday after a mob of tourists dragged it from the sea of San Bernardo in Argentina and didn’t allow it to return to the water.

The beach where the baby dolphin died is located nearly 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. A footage posted on YouTube shows a number of tourists standing or kneeling around the small marine creature, petting it and taking selfies with it.

An observer said the crowd could have allowed the baby dolphin to return to the water while it was still breathing, but they let it die.

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UC Irvine team’s Hyperloop pod ready to race in SpaceX contest

UC Irvine team’s Hyperloop pod ready to race in SpaceX contest

A 50-member team of UC Irvine students is ready with its project to participate in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, which is scheduled to take place at the space firm’s headquarters in Hawthorne on Sunday.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the Hyperloop project, a concept for a really high-speed ground transport system, in 2013. When UC Irvine students heard about it, they started working on their own designs to build a prototype for future transportation system.

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Doomsday Clock is now just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight’

Doomsday Clock is now just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight’

The Doomsday Clock has just advanced, virtually bringing earthlings just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight,’ the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned.

Scientists behind the so-called Doomsday Clock announced Thursday that it was adjusting the countdown to the “End of it All” by advancing the clock’s hands 30 seconds closer to midnight.

With just 2½ minutes to the midnight, the clock is now closest to the doomsday since 1953, when the U.S. had tested its first thermonuclear bomb and was followed by the Soviet Union’s hydrogen bomb test.

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Ancient, scary specimen placed in a new scientific order

Ancient, scary specimen placed in a new scientific order

A recently discovered well-preserved 100-million-year-old insect is so different from already identified more than one million insects that a new scientific order has been created to describe it.

The alien-looking specimen was discovered by a team of researchers from Oregon State University in semi-precious stone amber. It has a triangular head, almost-alien appearance along with so unusual features that scientists have called its discovery as "incredibly rare" event.

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Ancient explosion of ocean life wasn’t triggered by space rock bombardment: study

Ancient explosion of ocean life wasn’t triggered by space rock bombardment: study

Explosion of ocean life nearly 471 million years ago, known as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), wasn’t triggered by a meteorite bombardment of Earth, an international team of researchers found in a new study.

Challenging the widely-accepted theory, the new study by researchers from Sweden and Denmark suggested that the ancient ocean creature expansion started roughly 2 million years before the space rock bombardment.

Debris created by prehistoric space collision still falling on Earth

Debris created by prehistoric space collision still falling on Earth

A Connecticut-sized space rock’s collision with another object millions of years ago sent shrapnel raining down on Earth; and even today, they make up the biggest group of meteorites that land on our planet.

That 466-miillion-year-old collision, which is considered to be the biggest cataclysm to occur in our celestial neighborhood in nearly 3 billion years, broke the large space rocks into millions of pieces. Those pieces continued to slam into one another, creating more debris.

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SpaceX to launch disposable rocket

SpaceX to launch disposable rocket

Following its successful return to flight on Jan. 14, Elon Musk-led SpaceX is now preparing to its next launch from a new launch pad at Cape Canaveral on or around January 30. It will loft a heavy communications satellite to geostationary orbit.

Musk revealed that the new launch mission to loft the EchoStar 23 communications satellite to the orbit will take place from a new pad at Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral.

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U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

U.S. Air Force’s missile-detection satellite successfully put in orbit

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully put the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite (SBIRS Geo-3) in high orbit, on its way to a surveillance post more than 22,000 miles above Earth’s surface.

The Atlas V rocket took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:42 p.m. ET on Friday, and dropped off the missile detection and early warning satellite in orbit 44 minutes later.

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NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

NASA video allows viewers to make virtual landing on Pluto

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has released a video depicting what a landing on the distant dwarf planet of Pluto would look like.

The renowned space agency created the video using more than one hundred images taken by its New Horizons spacecraft six weeks of its approach and close flyby the dwarf planet in summer 2015.

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