The Hidden Things Lurking in Sink Drains Can Be Dangerous, Even Deadly

The Hidden Things Lurking in Sink Drains Can Be Dangerous, Even Deadly

Sink drains and plumbing are generally unpleasant places, at least from a human perspective. If you’re a fungus, though, you may feel differently. In fact, one reason we’re often repulsed by sinks – along with dirty sponges and other sink paraphernalia – is precisely because they’re such great habitats for unsavory microbes. In a new …

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'Peekaboo' Galaxy Emerges From Hiding, And It's A Time Capsule Of The Universe

‘Peekaboo’ Galaxy Emerges From Hiding, And It’s A Time Capsule Of The Universe

A galaxy that has taunted astronomers since they first detected a hint of its presence more than 20 years ago has finally emerged from hiding. It’s called HIPASS J1131-31, or Peekaboo, and it’s located just 22 million light-years away. And it was so hard to see because it’s teeny tiny and obscured by a bright …

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Most Ancient DNA Ever Discovered Reveals a Thriving Ecosystem Lost to Time - IGN

Most Ancient DNA Ever Discovered Reveals a Thriving Ecosystem Lost to Time – IGN

Scientists have identified the most ancient DNA ever discovered, and in the process revealed a complex ecosystem that existed two million years ago in modern day Greenland, according to the results of a new study published in the journal Nature. The double helix-shaped molecule Deoxyribonucleic acid (or DNA for short) is present in almost every …

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Webb Telescope Reveals a Luminous Stellar Crime Scene

Webb Telescope Reveals a Luminous Stellar Crime Scene

2,500 years ago, one of space’s most beautiful features was born: the Southern Ring Nebula. The nebula was vividly imaged by the Webb Space Telescope earlier this year, and astronomers now think they know exactly how a star’s violent outburst occurred, leaving the elegant nebula in its wake. The star that bore the nebula was …

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A year only lasts 17.5 hours on the 'hell planet' |  CNN

A year only lasts 17.5 hours on the ‘hell planet’ | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — The exoplanet 55 Cancri e goes by several names, but the rocky world located 40 light-years from Earth is most known for its reputation as a “hell planet.” This super-Earth, so named because …

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A year only lasts 17.5 hours on the 'hell planet' |  CNN

A year only lasts 17.5 hours on the ‘hell planet’ | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — The exoplanet 55 Cancri e goes by several names, but the rocky world located 40 light-years from Earth is most known for its reputation as a “hell planet.” This super-Earth, so named because …

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Rare Mars eclipse by the full moon wows stargazers with occultation (video)

Rare Mars eclipse by the full moon wows stargazers with occultation (video)

On Wednesday (Dec. 7), skywatchers around the world were treated to a celestial show as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky. The rare event, known as a lunar occultation, refers to one celestial body — in this case, Mars — appearing to disappear or hide behind another — in this case, the …

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How Genes Drive Your Dog's Lovable and Wacky Behavior

How Genes Drive Your Dog’s Lovable and Wacky Behavior

An Icelandic sheepdog.Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A new study may help us understand our canine companions a bit better. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health say they’ve uncovered some of the ways that genes can influence the behaviors of certain breeds, such as dogs meant to herd livestock. For about two decades, a team led …

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DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

DeepMind’s AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) When it comes to tracking the incremental advances of AI potential, humans have an odd tendency to think in terms of board games probably haven’t played since childhood. Although there’s no shortage of examples, even recent oneshighlighting AI’s ability to utterly own the cardboard gaming space, those tests only go …

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