A Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid, Hong Kong Protests, and Jean-Luc Picard: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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Another week, another crisis—The U.S. is reportedly launching cyberattacks on assets tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a group of hackers believed to spy on ships passing through the Gulf of Oman and on computer-controlled rocket and missile launchers, in retaliation for a series of allegedly…

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https://gizmodo.com/a-narwhal-beluga-hybrid-hong-kong-protests-and-jean-l-1835791963

The Hidden Ocean Beneath Europa’s Frozen Crust May Contain Basic Table Salt

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Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope point to the presence of sodium chloride on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. This is potential evidence that sodium chloride, otherwise known as table salt, exists within Europa’s subsurface ocean—yet another indication of this moon’s potential to support alien…

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https://gizmodo.com/the-hidden-ocean-beneath-europa-s-frozen-crust-may-cont-1835450744

50 Years Later, Precious Moon Samples Will Finally Be Opened

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During the Apollo missions, NASA smartly set aside some lunar materials knowing future scientists would likely be better equipped to analyze them. Now, nearly 50 years later, the space agency is giving a select group of researchers the extraordinary opportunity to study these unopened and untarnished samples.

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https://gizmodo.com/unopened-lunar-samples-from-apollo-missions-will-finall-1833230063

Simulated Mission in Chilean Desert Shows How a Rover Could Detect Life on Mars

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By using the barren Atacama Desert in Chile as a stand-in for Mars, researchers have shown that it’s possible to use an autonomous rover-mounted drill to detect life beneath a desolate surface. Encouragingly, the test resulted in the discovery of a resilient microorganism—exactly the kind of creature that could lurk…

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https://gizmodo.com/simulated-mission-in-chilean-desert-shows-how-a-rover-c-1832928361

Freaky Eight-Letter DNA Could Be the Stuff Aliens Are Made Of

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Conventional DNA is comprised of the familiar A, C, G, and T base pairs, but a newly created genetic system is packed with eight, thus doubling the number of letters normally found in self-replicating molecules. Intriguingly, the new system, dubbed “hachimoji,” could resemble the building blocks of extraterrestrial…

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https://gizmodo.com/freaky-eight-letter-dna-could-be-the-stuff-aliens-are-m-1832823430