New Find Hints at More Feathered Dinosaurs

"A new dinosaur species — one with feathers — has been discovered in Russia. The finding could mean that feathers were more widespread in dinosaurs than previously thought, the researchers say.

The dinosaur, described in the journal Science, was about five feet long and belonged to a group of herbivorous, beaked dinosaurs known as Ornithischia.”

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Russia’s Experimental Sex Geckos Are Lost in Space

Talk about space oddity.

Russian scientists have lost contact with a biosatellite containing five geckos as part of a sex study on living organisms. The flight was intended to be a 60-day mission which launched last week on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. Communication with the spacecraft was lost the same day it launched.”

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Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet

In November, things will get truly exciting when Rosetta launches a landing probe, Philae, to a historic, first-ever-of-its-kind landing on the surface of a comet. That should be as exciting as when we received the first pictures from the surface of the Moon, or Mars, or Titan.”

Learn more from astronomer Ben Burress of Chabot Space & Science Center at KQED Science.

Pictured above: Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta spacecraft on approach

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