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    Boa constrictor awakens New York man after falling from bedroom ceiling

    A man in Pulaski, New York awoke to an unsettling surprise late last month: a boa constrictor. The snake fell from the ceiling and landed on the man, who was not identified, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday. Matt Foster, a department agent, arrived at the home on June 29 after “a […] More

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    Earliest evidence of our human ancestors outside of Africa found

    One of the artifacts gets excavated from a layer that is 2.1 million years old. The artifact here is a stone from which three flakes were removed. Credit: Zhaoyu Zhu Our ancient human relatives got around more than scientists previously thought. Researchers in China excavated stone tools that were likely made by our human ancestors […] More

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    ‘Superstar’ Eta Carinae acts like a ginormous cosmic-ray gun, but why?

    The star system Eta Carinae erupted in the 1840s, from Earth’s perspective, creating the Homunculus Nebula visible in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope. New work shows the system spitting ultrafast cosmic rays. Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team A huge star system 7,500 light-years away is shooting out radiation at […] More

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    Mysterious giant sarcophagus discovered in Egypt

    The giant black granite sarcophagus discovered in Alexandria, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities) A mysterious ancient black granite sarcophagus has been discovered in Egypt. The tomb, which dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 B.C. and 30 B.C., was uncovered in the city of Alexandria. In a Facebook post, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, general secretary […] More

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    Great white shark sneaks up on California kayaker fishing for halibut

    A California kayaker fishing for halibut got a surprise visit from a 12-foot great white shark off the coast of Monterey this week. Eddy Willis, a California native who now works for the Department of Wildlife in Nevada, captured the exciting encounter on video.  “Great white shark. There he is!” Hill exclaimed, while dipping the camera […] More

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    Opportunity Mars rover still silent beneath raging dust storm

    Pre-launch photo of NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  (NASA) NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover remains silent as a giant dust storm continues to swirl on the Red Planet. The storm began on May 30 and grew to encircle the entire planet a few weeks later. With so much dust in the air, the […] More

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    IMAGE: Private Japanese rocket crashes to Earth in fiery launch failure

    A private Japanese rocket bursts into flames as it crashes to Earth after a failed launch attempt in Taiki, a town on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, on June 30, 2018. The rocket, Momo-2, would have been the first privately built Japanese rocket to reach outer space.  (Kyodo News/Getty)   A private Japanese rocket crashed […] More

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