Fossil of 328 million-year-old octopus relative still has suckers on its arms
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Fossil of 328 million-year-old octopus relative still has suckers on its arms

The oldest ancestor of modern octopuses lived 328 million years ago and had 10 arms, according to a new study. Researchers have named the previously unknown species Syllipsimopodi bideni after US President Joe Biden. The creature’s discovery pushes back the time frame when vampyropods, the group to which cephalopods like octopuses belong, appeared in the…

Anxiety and uncertainty grow after basketball star Brittney Griner’s arrest in Russia
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Anxiety and uncertainty grow after basketball star Brittney Griner’s arrest in Russia

The arrest of two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist Brittney Griner has left supporters anxious about her well-being and fearful that she might become a political pawn. Russian authorities said Griner had cannabis oil in her luggage and accused her of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance — an offense punishable by up to…

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian space chief engage in Twitter fight
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Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian space chief engage in Twitter fight

An extraordinary war of words is transpiring between the head of Russia’s space agency and one of NASA’s most famous former astronauts as the US-Russian partnership at the International Space Station hits its lowest point since its inception. Scott Kelly, who famously spent a year in space aboard the station, has been blocked on Twitter…

What we know (and don’t know) about the arrest of US Olympic champion Brittney Griner in Russia
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What we know (and don’t know) about the arrest of US Olympic champion Brittney Griner in Russia

It’s still not clear exactly when US basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested or where she is now. Griner, 31, is a championship-winning player with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and spends her offseasons playing for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg. Now, the mystery surrounding her detainment in Russia has come to symbolize the growing tensions…

It’ll be ‘very difficult’ to get detained US basketball star Brittney Griner out of Russia, lawmaker says
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It’ll be ‘very difficult’ to get detained US basketball star Brittney Griner out of Russia, lawmaker says

It’s not even clear when US basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia on drug charges. But family and friends are demanding the two-time Olympic champion’s release. And hundreds of strangers have joined the effort as US-Russian tensions escalate amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Griner, 31, is a championship-winning player with the WNBA’s Phoenix…

Before the Ukraine invasion she made belts. Now, she makes camouflage nets for troops
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Before the Ukraine invasion she made belts. Now, she makes camouflage nets for troops

Weaver Olena Shevtsova sells handmade Slavic and Ukrainian patterned belts, sashes, scarves and even guitar straps online to support her family, but since Russian forces moved into her country, she’s used her skills to help make camouflage webbing to protect Ukrainian troops. “I call us the spider women,” she said of her fellow volunteers in…

New York Times: Brittney Griner, two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star, arrested in Russia on drug charges
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New York Times: Brittney Griner, two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star, arrested in Russia on drug charges

Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Women’s National Basketball Association All-Star with the Phoenix Mercury basketball team, has been arrested in Russia after customs officials detected cannabis oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow, The New York Times reported. The Russian news agency TASS cited a law enforcement source identifying…

This is what happens when space junk hits the moon
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This is what happens when space junk hits the moon

It’s been a tough week. The world has watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfold during a pandemic that still holds the globe within a firm grip after more than two years. The attacks and the resulting sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe have a far-reaching impact — and even space isn’t off-limits.…

Russia poised to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries to Ukraine as official warns Moscow could ‘bombard cities into submission’
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Russia poised to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries to Ukraine as official warns Moscow could ‘bombard cities into submission’

Russia is poised to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks, as a senior Western intelligence official warned Moscow could “bombard cities into submission,” an escalation that could lead to significant civilian casualties. The US has already seen “some indications” that Russian mercenaries may be involved in Moscow’s…

Space junk set to crash into the far side of the moon
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Space junk set to crash into the far side of the moon

A rocket part that’s been careering around space for years is set to collide with the moon on Friday, and it will be the first time a chunk of space junk has unintentionally slammed into the lunar surface. It’s expected to hit the moon around 7:26 a.m. ET at about 5,500 miles per hour (8,851…