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The evolutionary twist that could have helped dinosaurs rule Earth

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. Dinosaur means “terrible lizard.” The idea that the prehistoric creatures were scaly, sluggish reptiles with sprawling postures that dragged their tails through tropical swamps is deeply imprinted in the collective imagination. […]

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Artificial light lures migrating birds into cities, where they face a gauntlet of threats

Light pollution has steadily intensified and expanded from urban areas, and with the advent of LED lighting, it is growing in North America by up to 10% per year, as measured by the visibility of stars in the night sky. In our recent study, we found that the glow from cities and urban outskirts can

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Launch of Boeing's hard-luck Starliner delayed yet again

The launch of Boeing’s already delayed Starliner spacecraft is slipping at least four more days, from next Tuesday to May 25 because of ongoing work to resolve concerns about a small helium leak in the capsule’s propulsion system, officials said Friday. Mission commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and co-pilot Sunita Williams are now aiming for launch

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DNA helps link killings of 4 young women to an American man who lived in Canada illegally

After 48 years of investigation, Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police linked the deaths of four young women killed in the Calgary area in the 1970s to one man – a serial sexual offender who they believe may have committed more violent crimes until his death. Police say Gary Allen Srery killed junior high school friends Eva

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India's ambitious 2nd Mars mission to include a rover, helicopter, sky crane and a supersonic parachute

India is preparing to launch a family of seemingly sci-fi robots to Mars, perhaps as soon as late 2024. The Mars Orbiter Mission-2 (MOM-2), or Mangalyaan-2 (Hindi for “Mars Craft”), is set to include a rover and a helicopter, like a robotic NASA duo already on Mars — the Perseverance rover and now-grounded Ingenuity. A

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Once-in-a-generation wind event caused deaths, extensive damage across Houston, meteorologist says

Exceptional windstorms that could leave some Houston residents without power for weeks were a once-in-a-generation event and the damage left in their wake is comparable to that caused by a hurricane, meteorologists said Friday. “We believe this windstorm is the most significant windstorm likely for the Houston area since Hurricane Alicia back in 1983,” said

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Massive sunspot that brought widespread auroras to Earth now targets Mars

Yes, the beastly sunspot AR3664 is in the news again. Although the sunspot has rotated out of our view, it’s still quite the hotspot, having fired off its strongest solar flare yet on Tuesday (May 14). Any bursts of solar plasma and magnetic field, known as coronal mass ejections, erupting from AR3664 will now be

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Here we go again — new sunspot regions emerge, strong solar flare recorded

All eyes have now shifted to the eastern limb of the sun, as a strong X2.9-class flare fired off from newly numbered sunspot region AR3685 on Wednesday (May 15). Solar flares are intense bursts of electromagnetic radiation that originate from sunspots on our sun’s surface. They are classified into lettered groups according to their size,

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Some vacationers expect to carry summer travel debt, report finds. Here's how to avoid that

If you plan to spend money on travel as the days get longer, sunnier and warmer, be careful: It could leave you with high-interest debt you will still be paying off through the fall and winter. Almost half (45%) of Americans plan to take a summer trip requiring a flight or hotel stay, and they

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Some vacationers expect to carry summer travel debt, report finds. Here's how to avoid that

If you plan to spend money on travel as the days get longer, sunnier and warmer, be careful: It could leave you with high-interest debt you will still be paying off through the fall and winter. Almost half (45%) of Americans plan to take a summer trip requiring a flight or hotel stay, and they

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