NASA nominee faces flak from Democrats over past political battles – News965

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), strongly defended his record in Congress on Wednesday, as he faced sharp attacks from Democrats on a Senate panel, who sharply criticized some of his past political stances, arguing that the Oklahoma Republican might not be the right person to lead NASA. “Does NASA […]

Bizarrely Huge Planet Discovered Orbiting Tiny Star – National Geographic

Of the worlds it spotted, precious few were giant planets in snuggled-up orbits — although at least one of those, reported by Harvard University’s John Johnson, contains a similarly large planet orbiting a tiny star. “I wouldn’t call this [new planet] an oddball, in that it wasn’t unexpected,” Johnson says. “But it certainly is a […]

Humans didn’t outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them. – Washington Post

A reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, and a modern human skeleton, left, on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press) By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and […]

Scientists discover India’s oldest fossil of a Jurassic sea monster – Washington Post

The ichthyosaur skeleton is the first from the Jurassic era to be found in India. (AFP/PLOS ONE) Call it what you wish: fish lizard, sea monster, ichthyosaur. After tens of millions of years, and then 1,500 hours of digging, paleontologists in India have unearthed the strikingly intact skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a marine reptile more than five meters long that resembled […]

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency – FiveThirtyEight

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency – FiveThirtyEight

Before Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to lead NASA, he already had unorthodox ideas about what it should do. In 2016, as one of Oklahoma’s congressmen, he proposed the American Space Renaissance Act, which he called a “pioneering doctrine” that would refocus NASA’s mission. The space agency would concentrate on human spaceflight and “permanently secure […]

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