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The 'Blue Marble': One of Earth's most iconic images, 50 years on

The ‘Blue Marble’: One of Earth’s most iconic images, 50 years on

In Snap, we look at the power of a single photograph, chronicling stories about how both modern and historical images have been made. On Christmas Eve in 1972, humanity received a gift: A portrait of the Earth as a vivid globe. Clouds swirl over the vast African continent and south polar ice cap, all set …

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Crabs Aren't the Only Things Evolution Keeps Making.  An Expert Explains.

Crabs Aren’t the Only Things Evolution Keeps Making. An Expert Explains.

Charles Darwin believed evolution created “endless forms most beautiful”. It’s a nice sentiment but it doesn’t explain why evolution keeps making crabs. Scientists have long wondered whether there are limits to what evolution can do or if Darwin had the right idea. The truth may lie somewhere between the two. While there doesn’t seem to …

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New find suggests ankylosaur's tail clubs were for bashing each other

New find suggests ankylosaur’s tail clubs were for bashing each other

Enlarge / The tail clubs of ankylosaur species seem to have been used to bash each other rather than predators. Henry Sharpe New research indicates that the tail clubs on huge armored dinosaurs known as ankylosaurs may have evolved to whack each other rather than deter hungry predators. This is a complete shift from what …

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US Dept of Energy Breakthrough: Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers

In a new breakthrough, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Fermilab have found a way to detect dark matter using quantum computers. Dark matter makes up about 27% of the matter and energy budget in the universe, but scientists do not know much about it. They do know that it is cold, meaning that …

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US Dept of Energy Breakthrough: Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers

In a new breakthrough, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Fermilab have found a way to detect dark matter using quantum computers. Dark matter makes up about 27% of the matter and energy budget in the universe, but scientists do not know much about it. They do know that it is cold, meaning that …

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Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft on track for return to Earth after moon flyby

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft on track for return to Earth after moon flyby

For NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the next stop is home. The uncrewed spacecraft flying on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission passed a major milestone in its mission today (Dec. 5) when it successfully performed a 207-second engine burn while just 79 miles (128 kilometers) above the lunar surface. The maneuver placed Orion on track to return home, …

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A camera on one of the Artemis 1 Orion capsule

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft aced its test flight but still hasn’t tested life support

The Europe-built service module powering the Orion spaceship during the Artemis 1 mission is nailing its debut lunar round trip, but a key system for keeping future human crews alive is not being tested during the flight. The Orion capsulewhich began the return leg of its groundbreaking journey on Thursday (Dec. 1), is currently not …

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Surprising Martian Discovery: Massive Mantle Plume Pushing the Surface of Mars Upward

Surprising Martian Discovery: Massive Mantle Plume Pushing the Surface of Mars Upward

Artist’s impression of an active mantle plume – a large blob of warm and buoyant rock – rising from deep inside Mars and pushing up Elysium Planitia, a plain within the planet’s northern lowlands. Volcanism at Elysium Planitia originates from the Cerberus Fossae, highlighted in red, a set of young fissures that stretches for more …

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The Y Chromosome Is Slowly Vanishing.  A New Sex Gene Could Be The Future of Men

The Y Chromosome Is Slowly Vanishing. A New Sex Gene Could Be The Future of Men

The sex of human and other mammal babies is decided by a male-determining gene on the Y chromosome. But the human Y chromosome is degenerating and may disappear in a few million years, leading to our extinction unless we evolve a new sex gene. The good news is that two branches of rodents have already …

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