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Earth's oldest stromatolites and the search for life on Mars

Earth’s oldest stromatolites and the search for life on Mars

Hand sample of Dresser Formation stromatolite, showing a complex layered structure formed of hematite, barite, and quartz, and a domed upper surface (dome arrow). Credit: Keiron Hickman-Lewis and colleagues The earliest morphological traces of life on Earth are often highly controversial, both because non-biological processes can produce relatively similar structures and because such fossils have …

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Discovery could dramatically narrow the search for space creatures

Discovery could dramatically narrow the search for space creatures

Illustration of a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet. Red dwarfs erupt with intense flares that could strip a nearby planet’s atmosphere over time, or make the surface inhospitable to life as we know it. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/G. Bacon An Earth-like planet orbiting an M dwarf—the most common type of star in the universe—appears …

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Lost something?  Search through 91.7 million files from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s

Lost something? Search through 91.7 million files from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s

Enlarge / Search through millions of vintage files with Discmaster. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images Today, tech archivist Jason Scott announced a new website called Discmaster that lets anyone search through 91.7 million vintage computer files pulled from CD-ROM releases and floppy disks. The files include images, text documents, music, games, shareware, videos, and much …

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Google Webmaster Guidelines Is Now Google Search Essentials With Lots Of Changes

Google Webmaster Guidelines Is Now Google Search Essentials With Lots Of Changes

Google has replaced the Google Webmaster Guidelines with the Google Search Essentials. The name change is Google’s ongoing efforts to remove the term “webmaster” so that these tools and documentation do not narrow the focus to just “webmasters,” but expands it to publishers, site owners, developers, creators, and so on. Before I even started blogging …

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Google Announces 7 Local Search Updates

Google Announces 7 Local Search Updates

At Google’s annual Search On conference, the company announced seven new features and updates to local search. These updates will significantly enhance how people explore neighborhoods, businesses, and restaurants in Google Search. The local search changes rolling out soon include: Search for restaurants by dish Discover restaurant specialties More support for digital menus Enhancements to …

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How to scrub your phone number and address from Google search

How to scrub your phone number and address from Google search

From a simple Google search, strangers can dig up your phone number, physical address or other personal information. You might not want that floating around the internet — or its presence could be putting you in danger. Now, Google says it’s making it easier to request that information be removed from search results. A new …

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James Bond Producers Search for a New 007 Who Will Commit for a Decade: 'Bond Is Evolving as Men Are Evolving'

James Bond Producers Search for a New 007 Who Will Commit for a Decade: ‘Bond Is Evolving as Men Are Evolving’

Landing James Bond may be the biggest acting gig in Hollywood, but 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say they still have to pitch prospective actors on the part. When Variety catches up with Britain’s most famous producers in late August, they’re busy preparing for the 60th anniversary of Bond in October. But …

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Abstract Astrophysics Dark Matter Mystery

Scientists Uncover New Physics in the Search for Dark Matter

An estimated 85% of the universe’s mass is thought to be made up of dark matter, a hypothetical form of matter. No, scientists still have no idea what dark matter is. However, MSU scientists helped discover new physics while searching for it. Wolfgang “Wolfi” Mittig and Yassid Ayyad began their search for dark matter—also referred …

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Rocket Lab will self-fund a mission to search for life in the clouds of Venus

Rocket Lab will self-fund a mission to search for life in the clouds of Venus

Enlarge / An artist’s impression of Rocket Lab’s proposed mission to Venus. MDPI Aerospace/Rocket Lab Never let it be said that Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck lacks a flamboyant streak. Although his Electron launch vehicle is one of the smallest orbital rockets in the world, Beck gleans every bit of performance from the booster he …

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Gas markets leap on both sides of the Atlantic as traders search for supplies

Gas markets leap on both sides of the Atlantic as traders search for supplies

The global energy crisis deepened on Tuesday as a further surge in natural gas prices in Europe and the US threatened to push some of the world’s largest economies into recession. Gas markets in Europe jumped by as much as 10 percent to as high as €251 a megawatt hour, equivalent in energy terms to …

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