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Liquid blood taken from 42,000-year-old frozen horse that scientists hope to clone

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Scientists were able to extract liquid blood from the heart of a 42,000-year-old foal that had been frozen and preserved in permafrost in Siberia.

The scientists are hoping to clone the prehistoric horse — which was discovered in the Siberian region of Yakutia last summer — and bring it back to life, according to The Siberian Times.

“We can now claim that this is the best-preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world,” Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum in the regional capital of Yakutsk, told the outlet.

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The foal, which is believed to be from the extinct species Equus lenensis, or Lena horse, was discovered with its skin, hair, hooves and tail all preserved. The foal was believed to be just weeks old when it likely drowned in the mud which later froze and turned to permafrost.

Grigoryev told Russian news agency TASS that finding a preserved horse’s hair was almost unheard of.

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In this image made from video, scientists examine the foal carcass that was found last summer in the Siberian region of Yakutia. (AP Photo)

“Having preserved hair is another scientific sensation as all previous ancient horses were found without hair,” he said.

He attributed the preservation of the liquid blood to the favorable burial conditions and permafrost, adding that the internal organs were “beautifully preserved.” Even the muscle tissue maintained its natural reddish color, he said.

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Scientists with the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk (NEFU) and Sooam Biotech in South Korea are collaborating to extract cells in order to clone the horse. According to The Siberian Times, they are “confident of success.”

They are even reportedly trying to find a surrogate to give birth to the horse.

According to Gizmodo, scientists began a detailed analysis of the foal last month that is predicted to last until the end of April. The scientists have reportedly tried 20 times to extract and grow cells from the animal’s tissue, but those attempts have been unsuccessful.

The foal was discovered in the Batagaika crater, a huge 328-foot deep depression in the East Siberian taiga. The giant crater is known locally as the “doorway to the underworld.”

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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829-year-old ‘Viking-style’ shipwreck reveals its secrets

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The wreck of a 12th-century ‘Viking-style’ ship discovered in a German port is revealing its secrets thanks to high-tech 3D-scanning technology.

The shipwreck was found in just 10 feet of water when workers were extending the Baltic Sea port of Wismar. Thanks to the seawater and harbor silt, the ship’s timbers are perfectly preserved, according to archaeologists.

Measuring almost 80 feet by 13 feet, the ship’s remains have been dated to around 1188. Experts used 3D scanner technology to reveal that the open-decked ship was constructed entirely with axes and adzes.

FEMALE VIKING WARRIOR’S REMARKABLE GRAVE SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON ANCIENT SOCIETY

Analysis of the ship’s timbers revealed that they were from Western Sweden. Maritime Archaeologist Dr. Jens Auer, who led the project, described the ship as a descendant of Viking vessels. “It was a heavy, load-bearing cargo ship, of Nordic design, built with great care and durability…with overlapping pine planks, clinker-style, with a beautiful curved construction…made during a relatively peaceful period of time,” he explained, in a statement.

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A diver examines the wreck. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

The ship likely carried cargoes such as timber, stones, or even beer, Auer added.

Experts estimate that the ship had a crew of 8 to 12 men.

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“The Wismar wreck is of great importance because it tells us about the type of vessels that were crossing the seas of Northern Europe during the high medieval period,” Massimiliano Ditta, maritime archaeologist at the Stavanger Maritime Museum told Fox News, via email. “Historically we were in a period of transition and a shift of economic power. This is reflected in the construction of the ship, and due to its incredible state of preservation, it is a treasure trove of information not otherwise accessible.”

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A diagram of the shipwreck. (Massimiliano Ditta)

After lifting the wreck out of the Baltic waters, experts used an Artec handheld 3D scanner technology to scan the timbers at a warehouse in the German city of Schwerin. The scanning process took one month, with the scans used to create a 3D-printed small scale model of the ship.

Ditta, who oversaw the 3D scanning of the wreck, says that the ship offers a glimpse into Baltic trade before towns in the region formed a powerful trading group known as the Hanseatic League.

VIKING LONGSHIP DISCOVERY THRILLS ARCHAEOLOGISTS

“The ‘Big Ship of Wismar’ not only shows us how bulk trade was carried out between Scandinavia and the Baltic shores prior to the rise of the Hanseatic League but also sheds light on the early history of Wismar as a maritime town,” he said.

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One of the ship’s timbers recovered from wrecksite. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Viking-era discoveries have thrilled archaeologists across Scandinavia and the Baltic in recent years. An incredible Swedish grave containing the skeleton of a Viking warrior, long thought to be male, was recently confirmed as female.

Last year, a Viking “Thor’s hammer” was discovered in Iceland and archaeologists in Norway used ground-penetrating radar technology to reveal an extremely rare Viking longship.

VIKING ‘THOR’S HAMMER’ DISCOVERED IN ICELAND

Also in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and an incredible trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls, and bracelets were found on the German island of Ruegen.

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The ship’s timbers were perfectly preserved, according to archaeologists. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

In 2017, an incredibly well-preserved Viking sword was found by a reindeer hunter on a remote mountain in Southern Norway. In 2016, archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway, unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.

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A 3D scan of one of the ship’s timbers. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Separately in 2016, a tiny Viking crucifix was found in Denmark.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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NASA mission finds its first Earth-sized alien planet

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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched to much fanfare in April 2018, as the $200 million spacecraft took over planet-hunting duties from its predecessor, the Kepler space telescope.

Seven months after finding its first exoplanet, TESS has found its first Earth-sized planet.

“It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” the study’s co-author, Johanna Teske, of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) at the Carnegie Institution for Science, said in a statement. “The spacecraft surveys the sky and we collaborate with the TESS follow-up community to flag potentially interesting targets for additional observations using ground-based telescopes and instruments.”

PLANET NINE MAY EXIST, BUT IT MIGHT BE HIDING BEHIND NEPTUNE

Unfortunately, the newly found Earth-size world, known as HD 21749c, does not appear to be a candidate to host life. It orbits its star approximately once every eight days, likely making it too hot to support life. The star, HD 21749, has approximately “80 percent of the mass of our Sun and is found about 53 light-years distant from Earth,” researchers added in the statement.

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Artist’s conception of HD 21749c, the first Earth-sized planet found by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS), as well as its sibling, HD 21749b, a warm sub-Neptune-sized world. (Credit: Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science.)

“Measuring the exact mass and composition of such a small planet will be challenging, but important for comparing HD 21749c to Earth,” said Wang. “Carnegie’s PFS team is continuing to collect data on this object with this goal in mind.”

Even though HD 21749c does not appear to be a candidate to host life, there is hope that TESS will find planets that may have conditions to support life, said the study’s lead author, Diana Dragomir.

“For stars that are very close by and very bright, we expected to find up to a couple dozen Earth-sized planets,” Dragomir said in the statement. “And here we are — this would be our first one, and it’s a milestone for TESS. It sets the path for finding smaller planets around even smaller stars, and those planets may potentially be habitable.”

NASA IS HEIGHTENING THE SEARCH FOR ALIEN LIFE USING ‘TECHNOSIGNATURES’

The findings were published in the scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

A “warm sub-Neptune-sized world,” known as HD 21749b, which takes 36 days to orbit HD 21749 and was previously discovered in January, was also mentioned in the study.

TESS revealed its first images in September, becoming the next-generation craft to look for exoplanets, following Kepler, which discovered more than 2,600 confirmed planets during its lifespan, according to Space.com.

TESS’ background

NASA’s astrophysics director, Paul Hertz, said missions like TESS will help answer whether we’re alone — or just lucky enough to have “the best prime real estate in the galaxy.”

The exoplanet count, from all observatories in space and on Earth over the past couple of decades, stands at more than 3,700 confirmed with 4,500 on the strong contender list.

About 50 are believed to potentially habitable. They have the right size and the right orbit of their star to support surface water and, at least theoretically, to support life.

Scientists speculate that the habitable or so-called Goldilocks zone — the distance from a star where it’s neither too hot nor too cold to support life, but just right with the potential for liquid water at the surface — should be much closer to red dwarfs than it is in our own solar system. The orbits of any planets in these systems should be fairly short.

NASA and others stress that TESS will not look for atmospheric or other signs of life; it can’t do that.

That all-important job will be left to the James Webb Telescope, the next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that’s grounded until at least 2020.

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Fox News’ James Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Rare baby T-Rex skeleton listed on eBay for $3M infuriates paleontologists

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A fossil hunter is being blasted for putting the skeleton of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex — claimed to be “the only one in the world” — on eBay for a whopping $3 million.

It’s unclear why archaeologist Alan Detrich, who discovered the 15-foot-long baby T. rex near Jordan, Montana, about six years ago, suddenly decided to put skeleton up for auction earlier this month.

The 68-million-year-old dinosaur was still on exhibit at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Lawrence when it was first listed on the e-commerce site. Detrich, a Kansas native, donated the fossil to the museum in 2017. The museum said it has since cut ties with Dietrich and confirmed it was not connected to the sale following backlash from patrons.

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“The KU Natural History Museum does not sell or mediate the sale of specimens to private individuals,” museum director Leonard Krishtalka said in a statement. “Accordingly, the specimen on exhibit-loan to us has been removed from exhibit and is being returned to the owner. We have asked that the owner remove any association with us from his sale listing.”

On eBay, Detrich describes the baby T. rex as one of a kind.

“This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater.  It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX, if they did not grow quickly they could not catch prey and would die. Histology shows the specimen to be approximately 4 years old upon death,” he explained in a description of the listing, crediting Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology from Florida’s Natural History Museum for reconstructing the 21-inch skull. “Many of the bones are waiting to be identified, but every day more and more are being tagged.”

On average, 30 people view the post every hour and hundreds more have been documented “watching” the sale at the same time. According to the listing, worldwide expedited shipping would cost an additional $65,555.

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Alan Detrich listed the 68-million-year-old T-Rex on eBay for nearly $3 million. (eBay/Screenshot)

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Despite the interest, paleontologists are not pleased with the idea that the skeleton could remain in a private collection indefinitely.

The Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP), a professional organization of scientists that advocate for the preservation of vertebrate fossils, wrote an open letter to Dietrich last week criticizing his decision to sell the priceless skeleton.

“The [SVP] is concerned because the fossil, which represents a unique part of life’s past, may be lost from the public trust, and because its owner used the specimen’s scientific importance, including its exhibition status at KU, as part of his advertising strategy,” the organization wrote. “These events undermine the scientific process for studying past life as well as the prospect for future generations to share the natural heritage of our planet.”

The group then argued that if the fossil is removed from public access then it hinders the opportunity to study it further, potentially drawing vital conclusions about history from its bones.

“Scientific practice demands that conclusions drawn from the fossils should be verifiable: scientists must be able to reexamine, re-measure, and reinterpret them (such reexamination can happen decades or even centuries after the fact),” SVP added, in part. “Furthermore, technological advances, new scientific questions, and opportunities for synthetic research mean that new research often utilizes fossils that were originally collected with other purposes in mind.”

Earlier this month, in an interview with The Wichita Eagle, Dietrich, too, marveled at the idea paleontologists might learn more about the life of the fascinating creature.

“Science and paleontology is live fast, die young, make a pretty corpse. That’s what this baby T. rex did — died young and made a pretty corpse,” Dietrich told the newspaper. “But because he did, we’ll learn things that we didn’t know before.”

As of Wednesday morning, the baby dinosaur was still listed on eBay, but had not received any bids.

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The Moon loses water when meteoroids smack the lunar surface

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Meteoroid impacts regularly liberate puffs of water vapor from the moon, suggesting that minuscule amounts of water may lurk just under the entire lunar surface, a new study finds.

When the Apollo missions brought lunar rocks to Earth, scientists found evidence that the moon was devoid of water. However, in the past decade, data from a bevy of spacecraft — including NASA’s Cassini, Deep Impact and Lunar Prospector missions, and India’s Chandrayaan-1 probe — revealed trace amounts of water on the surface of the moon. Even more intriguingly, they found water across the moon’s surface, not only at the poles, as was previously expected.

But scientists still have many questions about the source and extent of lunar water. To learn more, researchers analyzed data from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which orbited the moon from October 2013 to April 2014.

Related: Watch Two Meteorites Hit the Moon!

The scientists behind the newly published research found that the moon released numerous puffs of water vapor from near its surface into its exosphere, the very tenuous layer of molecules comprising the closest thing that the moon has to an atmosphere. These outbursts coincided with 29 known meteoroid streams that passed near Earth during that eight-month span of time, including the Leonids, Geminids and Quadrantids.

“Most of the geological processes we deal with in planetary science are very slow — we almost never get to see something respond dynamically over the scale of hours like we did here,” lead author Mehdi Benna, a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, told Space.com.

The researchers suggested that meteoroid impacts kicked up these puffs of water from the moon, and said that four of these puffs were apparently caused by previously undetected meteoroid streams.

“One would think we know all of the meteoroid streams that are out there, but apparently we don’t,” Benna said.

By analyzing the amount of water released by meteoroid streams of different sizes, the scientists estimated that the uppermost 3.15 inches (8 centimeters) of lunar soil is dehydrated — any less, and smaller meteoroids would have excavated more water. Below this desiccated layer, the researchers suggest, water comprises up to about 0.05% of the weight of the rock up to at least 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

“With our measurements, we could see exactly the water extracted from the moon in a very dynamic way by micrometeroid impacts, and by analyzing the data, see how much water was stored in the lunar reservoir and where it was going,” Benna said.

The researchers estimated that meteoroid impacts cause the moon to lose as much as 220 tons (200 metric tons) of water annually. To sustain this amount of loss over time, they suggested that this water either was present when the moon formed, about 4.5 billion years ago, or was delivered by cosmic impacts from water-laden rocks soon after the moon was born.

The lunar samples from the Apollo missions may have appeared devoid of water because the water on those rocks was likely not incorporated into the rocks themselves, but only weakly coated them. As such, any water on the rocks was likely fragile and difficult to hold onto during the return trips, Benna said.

Future research can examine how deep water actually extends on the moon, Benna said. He and his colleagues detailed their findings online today (April 15) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Original article on Space.com.

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Mysterious interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth in 2014

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Oumuamua, the first interstellar object detected, has made headlines since it was discovered in 2017. Since then, researchers have theorized what it could be, with some suggesting it could be a light sail from another civilization, while others have suggested it could be a comet or an asteroid.

But now, a new study suggests that Oumuamua isn’t alone – another interstellar object disintegrated in Earth’s atmosphere five years ago.

The study, which has been submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters and can be read at arXiv.org, suggests NASA may have already detected an interstellar object, a 3-foot meteor that was detected on Jan. 8, 2014 over Papua New Guinea. The speed of the object, which has been cataloged with the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, indicates it may have originated outside the solar system, according to the study’s authors, Amir Siraj and Avi Loeb.

ALIENS? HARVARD PROFESSOR DEFENDS CLAIM MYSTERIOUS INTERSTELLAR OBJECT COULD BE EXTRATERRESTRIAL PROBE

“Based on the [Center for Near-Earth Object Studies’] catalog of bolide events, we identify the ∼0.45m meteor detected … as originating from an unbound hyperbolic orbit … outside of the solar system,” the researchers wrote in the study.

They continued: “Its high LSR speed implies a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy.”

Loeb is no stranger to interstellar objects, having previously authored a study that there may be a great number of objects similar to Oumuamua floating around the Milky Way galaxy, but humanity has yet to find them.

The chair of astronomy at Harvard University, Loeb is also the researcher who suggested Oumuamua is an extraterrestrial probe.

Speaking with Space.com, Loeb said that the velocity of the 2014 meteor may indicate it received a proverbial gravitational push from outside the solar system.

“You can imagine that if these meteors were ejected from the habitable zone of a star, they could help transfer life from one planetary system to another,” Loeb told the news outlet.

In addition to the 2014 meteor that flew over Papua New Guinea, Loeb and Siraj discovered two other meteors in the CNEOS catalog that traveled at similar speeds, ultimately analyzing 30 years worth of data. One of the meteors was likely bound gravitationally to the Sun, (because of its orbit) while the other is undetermined, LiveScience reported.

Along with John Forbes, Loeb has previously written that it is possible that interstellar objects “collide with the Sun once every 30 years, while about 2 pass within the orbit of Mercury each year.”

MYSTERIOUS INTERSTELLAR OBJECT IS NOT AN ALIEN PROBE, SAYS ASTRONOMER WHO DISCOVERED IT

At its closest approach, Oumuamua was approximately 0.26 astronomical units (AU) away from the Sun or approximately 24.2 million miles. One AU is approximately 93 million miles.

Another astronomer, Greg Laughlin from Yale University, also believes that there may, in fact, be trillions of objects similar to Ouamuamua in the Milky Way, according to Space.com.

Oumuamua, the Hawaiian name for “pathfinder” or “scout,” was discovered in October 2017 by the PanSTARRS1 telescope after it spotted a new spot of light coming from a strange direction at an unusually fast speed.

For its part, NASA has said that it is a “metallic or rocky object” approximately 400 meters (1,312 feet) in length and 40 meters (131 feet) wide. However, the government space agency said in November it did not originally see the object, perhaps adding some credence to Forbes and Loeb’s theory.

Oumuamua is scheduled to enter Neptune’s orbit in 2022 and in approximately 20,000 years, will make its way out of the solar system for good.

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When you die ‘you know you’re dead because your brain keeps working’, scientist claims

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We know we are dead when we die because our brains keep working to make us aware of what’s happening around us, haunting new research suggests.

Top medical experts have forever been at loggerheads over what happens when humans die, with anecdotal evidence of bright lights and flashes reported by people who have ‘come back’ being the cause of much debate.

However, a new study suggests your consciousness carries on functioning after your heart stops beating and your body movements fail.

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This means you are essentially ‘trapped’ inside your dead body with your brain still working, if only for a short time.

Survivors of cardiac arrest were aware of what was going on around them while they were ‘dead’ before being ‘brought back to life’, the study revealed.

More surprising still, there is evidence to suggest the deceased may even hear themselves being pronounced dead by doctors.

Dr. Sam Parnia is studying consciousness after death and examining cardiac arrest cases in Europe and the US.

He says people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness.

The expert ventured that people who have survived cardiac arrest later accurately described what was happening around them after their hearts stopped beating.

He said: “They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working, they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.”

Explaining when a patient is officially declared dead, he said: “It’s all based on the moment when the heart stops.

“Technically speaking, that’s how you get the time of death.”

His study is examining what happens to the brain after a person goes into cardiac arrest – and whether consciousness continues after death and for how long – to improve the quality of resuscitation and prevent brain injuries while restarting the heart.

Unlike the plot in Flatliners, however, when a person is resuscitated they don’t return with a “magical enhancement” of their memories, said Dr. Parnia.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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SEE IT: Virginia man spots stunning ‘meteor’ outside of Fairfax

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Steve Chazin, of Fairfax, Virginia, captured video on his dash camera of what he believes to be a stunning meteor during his drive back from Washington Dulles International Airport Tuesday evening.

“Huge #meteor visible from #DC at 10:57 pm.,” Chazin wrote on Twitter, sharing a video that shows a glimpse of light in the sky to the left of the road in front of him.

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“It was so big you could not ignore. It was hard to stay on the road and not drive off,” Chazin told Fox News.

Chazin said he has a bachelor’s degree in psychics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He said he was driving on Route 50 back east toward Fairfax when he and his wife saw a fireball in the sky.

“It was one of those things that you didn’t know what you were looking at with so much yellow and bright flames,” Chazin said. “When it disappeared so quickly I realized that it must have been a meteor.”

He first believed he saw “an airplane on fire,” until spotting “a tail” on the end of the glowing mass in the sky.

“From what I know about physics, a tail happens when you hit the open atmosphere,” Chazin said. “I pulled down the window to hear a sound hit something but I realized it must have been far away, over the ocean.”

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There have been no official confirmation of any meteors in the area at the time of the sighting.

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NASA scientists send mice into space to study effects of microgravity on humans

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NASA scientists recently sent mice flying into space — literally.

To better understand the effects of microgravity on the human body, researchers with the government agency sent rodents in a specialized habitat to the International Space Station. Mice were chosen as their “biology has similarities to human body systems,” per NASA’s blog post on the experiment.

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After the mice arrived at the space station, scientists observed the differences between “space mice” and those that remained on Earth.

Mice in space appeared to adapt to their new weightless environment, even engaging in “typical mouse behaviors” such as grooming, feeding and interacting with one another, among other normal activities.

“The rodents quickly adapted to their new weightless circumstances, for example by anchoring themselves to the habitat walls with their hind limbs or tails and stretching out their bodies. This pose was similar to mice on Earth standing up on their back legs to explore their environment,” NASA explains in the blog post.

That said, mice appeared to have a hard time adjusting to their new weightless surroundings at first. Video footage released by NASA shows many of the critters floating aimlessly up and around the cage.

Eventually, however, the rodents figured things out — and exhibited behavior that was not seen in mice on Earth. For instance, the younger mice “were more physically active than their counterparts on the ground” and also “began to show a new behavior that the scientists describe as ‘race-tracking’ — running laps around the cage. This even evolved into a group activity,” according to the space organization, which noted the behavior may have been linked to stress.

But this hamster-in-a-cage type behavior is important in terms of research, as their ability to “grab hold of things” in the habitat and subsequently move around could help scientists learn more about the effects of microgravity on bone loss, specifically, per NASA.

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The habitat provides a useful basis for comparison of mice and humans for a better understanding of human responses to spaceflight,” the agency said.

Their findings from the study were published last week in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Bald eagle chicks hatch on live webcam

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A pair of proud bald eagle parents at Big Bear Valley in California have welcomed new chicks, with the new additions hatching on a live webcam.

The eagles – Jackie and her mate, Shadow, are the stars of the Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam Facebook page. “Chick #1 is out! All of Shadow’s fussing helped it get all the way out of the shell! Welcome to the world!,” the group posted on Sunday.

The chick started to work its way out of its egg on Friday night local time, eventually gaining freedom on Sunday morning.

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Shadow was “very antsy” as the chick emerged from its egg, standing up and fidgeting with it and another egg in the nest every couple of minutes. “Nervous first time dad!” quipped the Friends of Big Bear Valley.

When Jackie returned to the nest, what followed was described as an “epic standoff,” between the two birds with Shadow closely guarding the newly hatched chick. He eventually moved, letting Shadow protect the chick.

The cute chick was initially dubbed ‘fuzzy bobblehead’ on account of how it unsteadily held its head up.

“Chick #1 is adorable and getting stronger. The bobblehead action has slowed down as its neck muscles strengthen,” the organization said, in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

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The second chick arrived on Monday. “#2 is out. It is resting while #1 gets fed. New babies need to nap a lot.” the group posted on its Facebook page.

Other bald eagles have also been garnering attention recently. A trio of bald eagles, which consists of two males and one female, is successfully raising eaglets in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River in Illinois.

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The trio lives on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, where they are enjoying a successful 2019 nesting season. Three eggs hatched at the nest between March 27 and April 1, according to the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

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