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Photo: The Rosetta team at ESA's space operations center in Darmstadt reacts after receiving a signal from the spacecraft. Photo: ESA

Rosetta Wakes Up, Phones Home, Starts Tweeting

Archaeologists say they may have found the pelvis bone of King Alfred the Great, who ruled England from 871 to 899 AD. (via ITV News; photo: Chris Ison / PA Wire)

Remains in Winchester could be King Alfred the Great

The Curiosity rover mission found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars with water that may have been described as drinkable, scientists say. (via @Washington Post)

NASA Curiosity rover discovers evidence of freshwater Mars lake

Scientists say Comet ISON likely didn't survive its close encounter with the sun. Images from NASA spacecraft showed Comet ISON approaching for its slingshot around the sun on Thursday, but nothing coming out on the other side, @The Associated Press reports.

Scientists: Sun-grazing comet likely broke up

Archaeologists say they've uncovered some stunning finds while digging at a construction site in Israel, including stone axes, a "cultic" temple and traces of a 10,000-year-old house. This image shows the 10,000-year-old house. Photo: Ya'akov Vardi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

A new "top predator" dinosaur, estimated to be 4 tons and 30 feet, has been discovered in Utah, scientists say. (via @Chicago Tribune)

A 1.2-ton research satellite plunged into the Earth's atmosphere and likely incinerated on Sunday, the European Space Agency said. The agency is still figuring out where pieces of the satellite landed. Read more from @NBC News:

Russia launched a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts and the Olympic torch to the International Space Station on Thursday.

Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily erupts this past weekend, via 500px

Powerful morning

Scientists say that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi the Iceman currently living in Austria's Tyrol region. (via @NBC News)

A NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter zoomed by Earth on Wednesday, picking up some much-needed speed for the long and looping trip to the solar system's largest planet. Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Oklahoma City Zoo officials announced Tuesday that their 18-year-old elephant Asha is seven-months pregnant. (via @NBC News)

Toxic air pollution from China causes high mercury level atop Mount Fuji, Japanese study says - @Amy Pincock

Cygnus, a new commercial spacecraft built to haul cargo to the International Space Station for NASA, made its debut delivery to the orbiting lab early Sunday. (via; photo: NASA TV)

A new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy docked to the Poisk mini-research module Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. (via NASA)

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are testing a portable device that works to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble after a disaster. (via Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

A species of yellow-bellied legless lizards have been found in the dunes west of Los Angeles International Airport. (via CNN)

A new study conducted by scientists in the UK concludes that Earth should be suited for life for at least another 1.75 billion years. (via Live Science)

California's Rim Fire has left a contiguous barren moonscape in the Sierra Nevada mountains that experts say is larger than any burned in centuries. (via @The Associated Press; photo via US Forest Service)

Extreme space weather may be behind several different failures in geostationary satellites between 1996 and 2012, in turn causing a disruption to the communication systems that people use to watch TV and surf the internet. (via

Unfounded fears may prompt young cancer patients to remove healthy breasts, a new study finds. (via @NBC News; photo via Katherine Perez)

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. (via NASA; image via NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Research published in the journal Current Biology shows that evolution's "Big Bang" during the Cambrian period between 540 and 520 million years ago can be explained scientifically and fits in with Darwin's theory of natural selection. (via International Business Times; image via Wiki Commons)

Preliminary data released Tuesday by Brazil's space agency suggests Amazon deforestation spiked by more than a third during the past year, reversing a steady decline in destruction of the world's largest rainforest. (via Reuters; photo via Reuters/Nelson Feitosa/IBAMA/Handout)

Brazil data suggests spike in Amazon deforestation

A new report's authors suggests that guidelines be changed to encourage earlier, regular mammograms for all women. But other experts call the study flawed and say it would confuse women more than they already are. (via @NBC News; photo via Bizuayehu Tesfaye / AP file)