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This is the closest-ever photo of a moonlet hiding in Saturn’s rings

While plow trucks across the US northwest pushed around snow this week, a Mount Everest-size rock near Saturn continued a centuries-long effort of clearing its own lane in the planet’s expansive disc of icy rings. On January 16, the nuclear-powered … Continue reading

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Scientists create first stable semisynthetic organism

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Life’s genetic code has only ever contained four natural bases. These bases pair up to form two “base pairs”—the rungs of the DNA ladder—and they have simply been rearranged to create bacteria and butterflies, penguins and people. Four bases make … Continue reading

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We now know bacteria can communicate electrically, and we should be worried

We already have a lot to worry about when it comes to bacteria, as more and more strains becoming resistant to our dwindling arsenal of antibiotics. Last year, a woman in the US was killed by a superbug resistant to … Continue reading

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Scientists create first 2-D electride

Researchers have brought electrides into the nanoregime by synthesizing the first 2D electride material. Electrides are ionic compounds, which are made of negative and positive ions. But in electrides, the negative “ions” are simply electrons, with no nucleus. The electrons … Continue reading

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This crazy spinning ice disc just appeared in a Michigan river

…A team led by Stéphane Dorbolo from the University of Liége in Belgium decided to get to the bottom of these crazy things once and for all.Using some cameras, a nickel bead, a magnet, and Petri dish popsicles, the researchers … Continue reading

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This is what the entire known Universe looks like in a single image

Isn’t it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the centre. Encircling the Solar System are the inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, … Continue reading

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The Moon and Venus

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This incredible photo is the crescent Moon, next to a crescent Venus (the Moon is the larger, fainter crescent). The photo was taken back in 2004 in Budapest – so amazing! Image: Iván Éder

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Enceladus

Enceladus is an Icy moon of Saturn that has geysers at its south pole shooting out liquid water from a lake or ocean below, created by heat from tidal interactions between Saturn’s various moons. These geysers were one of the … Continue reading

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Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

The driest desert on Earth may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report. They have found the remnants of freshwater plants and animals buried in the arid plains of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This watery period dates to between 9,000 … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Galatic Orbits

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The speed of light might have outpaced gravity in the early days of the Universe

The speed of light in a vacuum, or c, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according to the general theory of relativity, gravity travels at the same rate. But a new study suggests that the … Continue reading

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Mutation that triggered multicellular life altered protein flexibility

Just as a boat can be driven off course by a log in its path, a single, random mutation can send life in a new direction. That scenario, says University of Oregon biochemist Ken Prehoda, illustrates how a random mutation … Continue reading

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‘Roundest known space object’ identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature.Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that’s more than twice the size of the Sun .Researchers were able to show that the difference between its radius as … Continue reading

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How the 2011 Japan Tsunami Spread Across the Pacific Ocean

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Giant snowballs appear on Russian beach in Siberia

A strange and beautiful sight greeted locals in the Gulf of Ob, in northwest Siberia, after thousands of natural snowballs formed on the beach. An 11-mile (18km) stretch of coast was covered in the icy spheres. The sculptural shapes range … Continue reading

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See the first color images produced by an electron microscope

Imagine spending your whole life seeing the world in black and white, and then seeing a vase of roses in full color for the first time. That’s kind of what it was like for the scientists who have taken the … Continue reading

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We might finally know the weird reason Earth experiences an ice age every 100,000 years

Earth is in a pretty unique state of climate change at the moment, but for the past 1 million years, almost like clockwork, our planet has moved in and out of an ice age every 100,000 years. The only problem … Continue reading

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Forward to the Future: Visions of 2045

Stefanie Tompkins, a geologist and director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, envisions building substances from the atomic or molecular level up to create “impossible” materials with previously unattainable capabilities.

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This illustrates the mind-melting number of galaxies in the Universe

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