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2020 Aug 1 - 1:54am
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Other stars could have as many as seven Earth-like planets in the absence of farther out giant planets, according to a new study led by the University of California, Riverside. The search for life in outer space is typically focused on the habitable zone, which is the area around a star in which an orbiting [...]
Tags: Astrobiology, Astronomy, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial life, Gas giant, Habitability
2020 Jul 31 - 11:09pm
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A team of researchers from the UK and South Africa has discovered that most of the hulking sandstone boulders — called sarsens — that make up the famous Stonehenge monument appear to share a common origin 25 km (15.5 miles) away in West Woods on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. The origins of [...]
Tags: Archaeology, junktag (ignore), Sarsen, Stonehenge, United Kingdom, West Woods
2020 Jul 31 - 10:12pm
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A new genus and species of owl that lived 55 million years ago (Eocene epoch) has been identified from a partial skeleton found in Wyoming, the United States. The discovery is reported in a paper in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Named Primoptynx poliotauros, the ancient owl species was about 60 cm (23.6 inches) tall. [...]
Tags: Paleontology, Bird, Eocene, North America, Owl, Paleogene
2020 Jul 31 - 8:12pm
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The Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft has captured new images of a giant cloud over the 20-km (12.4-mile) high Arsia Mons volcano, the southernmost in a trio of giant Martian shield volcanoes known collectively as Tharsis Montes. Named the Arsia Mons Elongated Cloud (AMEC), the cloud can reach up to 1,800 [...]
Tags: Planetary Science, Space Exploration, Arsia Mons, Atmosphere, cloud, ESA
2020 Jul 31 - 7:27pm
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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found new evidence that a very young neutron star is hiding deep inside the remains of the supernova 1987A (SN 1987A). SN 1987A is a stellar explosion that occurred from a star about 20 times the mass of the Sun. This supernova was first observed on [...]
Tags: Astronomy, junktag (ignore), ALMA, Large Magellanic Cloud, Neutron star, SN 1987A
2020 Jul 31 - 2:05am
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Astronomers using the FORS (FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have obtained a stunning image of the planetary nebula NGC 2899. This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail, with even the faint outer edges of NGC 2899 glowing over the background stars. Unlike what [...]
Tags: Astronomy, ESO, FORS, Milky Way, Nebula, NGC 2899
2020 Jul 31 - 12:58am
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NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:50 a.m. EDT on July 30, 2020. The Perseverance rover mission will address high-priority science goals for Mars exploration. Developed under NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, it will [...]
Tags: junktag (ignore), Planetary Science, Space Exploration, EARTH, Ingenuity, Jezero Crater
2020 Jul 30 - 9:17pm
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DNA usually forms the classic double helix shape — two strands wound around each other. Several other structures have been formed in the lab, but this does not necessarily mean they form within living cells. Quadruple helix structures, called DNA G-quadruplexes, have previously been detected in cells. However, the technique used required either killing the [...]
Tags: Biology, junktag (ignore), Genetics, Cell, DNA, DNA G-quadruplex
2020 Jul 30 - 8:28pm
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The Phoenix stellar stream, a thin over-density of stars in the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy originally identified by the Dark Energy Survey, is composed of the debris of a very ancient globular cluster that was torn apart by the Milky Way’s gravity 2 billion years ago, according to new research led by the [...]
Tags: Astronomy, junktag (ignore), Anglo-Australian Telescope, Early Milky Way, Early Universe, Galaxy
2020 Jul 30 - 8:28pm
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Using ESA’s International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral), NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and several radio telescopes, astronomers have detected short and very bright radio bursts as well as gamma- and X-rays from SGR 1935+2154, a magnetar located 4,400 parsecs (14,351 light-years) away in the constellation of Vulpecula. Discovered in 2014 following a substantial burst of [...]
Tags: Astronomy, junktag (ignore), CHIME, ESA, Fast radio burst, Gamma rays
2020 Jul 30 - 2:22am
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Buzzing by buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris audax) workers during pollen foraging is much more powerful than that used for defense or flight, according to new research from the University of Stirling. “Buzz-pollinated flowers represent some of the most important economic crops, such as potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and blueberries,” said Dr. David Pritchard, a researcher in [...]
Tags: Biology, Bee, Bombus terrestris, Bombus terrestris audax, Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bumblebee
2020 Jul 29 - 11:56pm
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The Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) aboard ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has spotted never-before-seen spectral signatures of ozone and carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. The atmosphere of Mars is dominated by carbon dioxide, which scientists observe to gauge temperatures, track seasons, explore air circulation, and more. Ozone, which forms a layer in the [...]
Tags: Planetary Science, Space Exploration, Atmosphere, Carbon dioxide, ESA, ExoMars
2020 Jul 29 - 8:51pm
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A species of mouse lemur believed to be new to science has been found in the tropical forests of northeastern Madagascar. Madagascar is one of the world’s prime biodiversity hotspots and the lemurs, its endemic group of primates, are flagships for species conservation. More than 100 species of lemurs are recognized today making up about [...]
Tags: Biology, junktag (ignore), Jonah’s mouse lemur, Lemur, Madagascar, Microcebus
2020 Jul 29 - 7:29pm
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A team of scientists from Europe, the United States, Canada, South Korea, Greenland and China has produced the most detailed depth map of the Arctic Ocean to date. The new map, named the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean Version 4.0, has more than twice the resolution (200 by 200 m versus 500 by 500 m) [...]
Tags: Geography, Geoscience, Arctic, Arctic Ocean, Bathymetry, EARTH
2020 Jul 29 - 2:00am
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A team of biologists from Japan and the United States has successfully revived aerobic microbes found in 101.5-million-year-old sediments from the abyssal plain of the South Pacific Gyre, the part of the ocean with the lowest productivity and fewest nutrients available to fuel the marine food web. “Our main question was whether life could exist [...]
Tags: Biology, junktag (ignore), Archaea, bacteria, Cretaceous, ocean