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The Mysterious Origins of The Great Barrier Reef May Finally Be Explained

The Mysterious Origins of The Great Barrier Reef May Finally Be Explained

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef might never have come to be were it not for the formation of a vast island based mostly on sand. K’gari, also known as Fraser Island, has the honor of being the world’s largest sand island, covering around 640 square miles (nearly 1,700 square kilometers) just off the southeastern coast of …

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Betelgeuse’s mysterious ‘Great Dimming’ may have been triggered by a wandering black hole

In late 2019, the star Betelgeuse dimmed by about 60%. While it’s impossible to say with certainty exactly what caused it, new research suggests that a wandering companion may have played a role. By swinging close to the giant star, the interloper may have raised a tidal bulge, causing the surface of Betelgeuse to dim. …

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Scientists discovered a mysterious solar system.  It's nothing like ours.

Scientists discovered a mysterious solar system. It’s nothing like ours.

We know space is teeming with mystery. Adding intrigue, astronomers recently found an ancient solar system that’s far different from our cosmic home. Some 90 light-years away, the researchers spotted an over 10 billion-year old white dwarf star — meaning the remaining hot core of a dead star similar to the sun — that’s surrounded …

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Fake Flybys Help Solve Phobos Mystery

Fear, Panic and Excitement: A Close Encounter With a Mysterious Moon

Mars is kept company by two cratered moons—an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona Asaph Hall, an American astronomer, discovered two small moons circling the planet Mars Mars is the second smallest planet in our solar system and the fourth planet from the sun. It is a …

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Tree Rings Chronicle a Mysterious Cosmic Storm That Strikes Every Thousand Years

Tree Rings Chronicle a Mysterious Cosmic Storm That Strikes Every Thousand Years

The history of Earth’s bombardment with cosmic radiation is written in the trees. Specifically, when radiation slams into Earth’s atmosphere, it can alter any nitrogen atoms it slams into to produce a form of carbon, which is in turn absorbed by plants. Linking spikes in this carbon isotope with the growth rings in trees can …

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Mysterious Object May Be a 'Strange Star' Made Out of Quarks, Scientists Say

Mysterious Object May Be a ‘Strange Star’ Made Out of Quarks, Scientists Say

A relatively small, dense object cloaked within a cloud of its own exploded remains just a few thousand light-years away is defying our understanding of stellar physics. By all accounts it seems to be a neutron star, although it’s an unusual one at that. At just 77 percent of the mass of the Sun, it’s …

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3D Models of a Mysterious Medieval Nanomaterial Hints at a Lost Art

3D Models of a Mysterious Medieval Nanomaterial Hints at a Lost Art

The latest in nanoscale 3D scanning techniques have been used to reveal some of the finest secrets of a medieval material known as Zwischgold (part-gold): an ultra-thin metal foil consisting of a gold top layer and a silver base, used to gild sculptures. Up until now, only 2D cross-sections of the materials had been studied, …

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American Airlines Passengers Report Mysterious Noises On Flight Intercom

American Airlines IATA/ICAO Code: AA/AAL Airline Type: Full Service Carrier Hub(s): Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Year Founded: 1926 Alliance: oneworld CEO: Robert Isom Country: United States …

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Dead stars in Milky Way’s companion galaxy cause mysterious gamma-ray cocoon

Mysterious ultrabright gamma-ray emissions in the giant bubbles blown out by our galaxy may finally have an explanation. Researchers used data from the Gaia swear Fermi space telescopes to search through the Fermi bubbles, a pair of colossal hourglass-shaped bubbles that extend from the poles of the Milky Way and span 50,000 light-years, to trace …

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