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Neil Armstrong’s bag containing traces of moon dust sells for $1.8M

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong was auctioned at Sotheby’s, in New York, on July 20, 2017. AP NEW YORK — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million. The sale at Sotheby’s on Thursday was surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle. The collection bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, and the auction marks the 48th anniversary of that event. #AuctionUpdate: Lunar Bag carried on…

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If you use Wi-Fi on your iPhone, get this security update

Apple has released a security patch for an exploit called Broadpwn, which can be used to infiltrate devices through their Wi-Fi. Sean Gallup/Getty Images Apple released a security patch on Wednesday that you should really consider updating to if you enjoy using Wi-Fi on your iOS devices. So, you know, just about everybody should update. The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses vulnerabilities with your Contacts, Messages, Notifications, Safari and other issues. One of the more potentially damaging exploits was hidden in the iPhone’s Wi-Fi chipset, where an attacker could take over a device…

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Discovery rewrites history of ancient humans in Australia

This article is by: Chris Clarkson, associate professor in archaeology at The University of Queensland; Ben Marwick, associate professor of archaeology at University of Washington; Lynley Wallis, senior research fellow at University of Notre Dame Australia; Richard Fullagar, professorial research fellow at University of Wollongong; and Zenobia Jacobs, professor at University of Wollongong. The question of when people first arrived in Australia has been the subject of lively debate among archaeologists, and one with important consequences for the global story of human evolution. Australia is the end point of early modern human migration out of…

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Boy trips, falls and discovers million-year-old fossil

Researchers have their hands on a rare fossil from the Pleistocene era thanks to a 10-year-old’s clumsiness.  Jude Sparks said he literally fell on the 1.2-million-year-old skull of a stegomastodon — a massive prehistoric creature with tusks like an elephant —while on a hike with his parents on the desert outskirts of his neighborhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  “I was running farther up and I tripped on part of the tusk,” Sparks said in a statement from New Mexico State University, where researchers are studying the find. “My face landed…

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Man captures rare blue lobster, donates it to science

A rare blue lobster caught by Greg Ward is on display at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, N.H. Rich Beauchesne/Portsmouth Herald via AP PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster. The Portsmouth Herald reports Greg Ward initially thought he had snagged an albino lobster when he examined his catch Monday off the coast where New Hampshire borders Maine. The Rye lobsterman quickly realized his hard-shell lobster was a unique blue and cream color. Ward says the lobster is unlike anything…

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Rescuers free badly tangled humpback whale

In this file photo, a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park in Colombia, on July 16, 2013.  Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Rescuers off California on Tuesday freed a badly tangled humpback whale caught by fishing anchors that were dragging it to the ocean floor. A rescue team that included members of the state’s whale-entanglement teams, fishermen, academics, marine veterinarians and the U.S. Coast Guard unsnagged the whale Tuesday, after nearly eight hours of cutting off fishing…

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How robots are transforming American homes — and lawns

As part of our series Robotics Revolution, we look at the robots in and around our homes. About one in 25 American households has a consumer robot of some kind, and that number is expected to be one in 10 by the end of the decade. Home robots can handle simple chores like mopping the floor, changing the kitty litter and cleaning your grill, but you can even cut grass with a robot. More from the series:  A small gizmo resembling a vacuum scuttles across a front lawn in Plano,…

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