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‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

Researchers have been investigating the incredible cargo from an 800-year-old shipwreck for years, trying to uncover its secrets. Now, with the help of what researchers called an X-ray gun, they know more about where the beautiful ceramics found on board were made and about the ship’s route. Fishermen found the wreck in the 1980s in…MORE

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

An odd kind of asteroid has been hiding out in our solar system, close to Venus, and it took a new state-of-the-art surveying camera to detect it. The Zwicky Transient Facility, known as ZTF, was installed on the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the California Institute of Technology’s Palomar Observatory in March. Since then, it has…MORE

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

When NASA’s InSight lander was on its seven-month trip to Mars, it wasn’t alone. Two suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, followed InSight on its journey. They were the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. And now, they’ve fallen silent. During InSight’s entry, descent and landing on November 26, the MarCO satellites received and transmitted…MORE

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

A day after Pope Francis created an international uproar by saying Catholics nuns had been subjected to “sexual slavery” by the founder of a French order, the Vatican sought to clarify his remarks. “When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of ‘sexual slavery,’ he meant ‘manipulation,’ a form of abuse…MORE

Solving the ‘climate mystery’ of the Vikings

Solving the ‘climate mystery’ of the Vikings

Evidence of Viking settlements in Greenland conjures images of the intrepid Norse that settled there amid freezing temperatures centuries ago, between 985 and 1450. But as evidence grows to the contrary, it seems like Vikings may have been a little more comfortable, temperature-wise, than we thought. Today, Vikings are depicted in shows and movies wrapped…MORE

Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record

Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record

Last year was the fourth-hottest year ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, which means that the past five years have been the five warmest years in the modern record. NOAA and NASA discussed 2018’s global temperature and climate in a joint news conference Wednesday; both agencies maintain independent data…MORE

The Pope, for the first time, calls the sexual abuse of nuns ‘a problem’

The Pope, for the first time, calls the sexual abuse of nuns ‘a problem’

For the first time, Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops as a “problem” in the Catholic Church, saying that “we’ve been working on this for some time.” The Pope’s comments, which came during a press conference aboard the papal plane on a return flight to Rome from the…MORE

The Milky Way is being warped and twisted, study says

The Milky Way is being warped and twisted, study says

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, makes for a pretty space picture, and it looks normal at a distance. But a new 3D map reveals a surprise: The Milky Way is being warped and twisted by its stars. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, in which stars and gas clouds exist mainly in its…MORE