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Building blocks for language evolved 30-40 million years ago

Chimpanzees Tina and Martin, who studied at the National Center for Chimpanzee Care in Texas. Credit: University of Warwick The capacity of language is built on our ability to understand combinations of words and the relationship between them, but the evolutionary history of this ability is not much understood. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have managed to date …

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NASA reaches out and touches an asteroid 320 million kilometers away

OSIRIS-REx collects samples from the asteroid Bennu. NASA scientists confirmed on Wednesday that the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully made contact with an asteroid a day earlier and touched the surface for six seconds, collecting dust and pebbles from the surface. The spacecraft’s appearance on the asteroid Bennu, which is only about as wide as the Empire State Building is tall, was …

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Artemis agreements: Why many countries refuse to sign an agreement on exploration of the moon

This article was originally published on The conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Christopher Newman, Professor of Space and Politics, Northumbria University, Newcastle Eight countries have signed the Artemis Agreements, a set of guidelines around the Artemis program for manned exploration of the moon. The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, the …

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Lockheed Martin and partners celebrate the first ever collection in material from an asteroid

Scientists, engineers and other staff at Lockheed Martin Space, NASA and the University of Arizona cheered and made the coronavirus elbow bump on Tuesday when a spacecraft collecting NASA’s first ever sample from an asteroid successfully completed the maneuver. The mission is part of NASA’s ongoing efforts to understand more about how the solar system was formed, how life began, …

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