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Peekaboo! Strange tiny galaxy provides a glimpse into the universe’s early history

Astronomers have discovered that a strange dwarf galaxy hidden for years in our cosmic neighborhood looks like it belongs in the early universe, despite having formed more recently. The tiny galaxy measuring just 1,200 light-years across earned the nickname ‘Peekaboo’ because it was hidden in the bright glare of a fast-moving foreground star and only …

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More Strange Cosmic Threads Discovered Outside Our Galaxy, And They're Huge

More Strange Cosmic Threads Discovered Outside Our Galaxy, And They’re Huge

We’re getting closer to solving the strange mystery presented by hundreds of enormous filaments dangling through the heart of the Milky Way. For the first time, these long, magnetized filaments glowing in radio waves have been observed emerging from other galaxies. Not only are they no longer unique to the Milky Way, the range of …

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Sequence of total solar eclipse shows the sun disappearing behind the advancing moon and then remerging again.

Hybrid solar eclipse: Everything you need to know about the rare and strange phenomenon

A hybrid solar eclipse is a very rare and strange astronomical event — and there’s one coming soon on April 20, 2023. Talk to most eclipse-chasers and they’ll tell you that there are three types of solar eclipse. The first is a partial eclipse of the most common and the least impressive because the moon …

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The Strange Mystery of Phobos' Tiger Stripes May Finally Be Solved

The Strange Mystery of Phobos’ Tiger Stripes May Finally Be Solved

Martian moon Phobos is not long for this Universe. According to astronomers’ calculations, the potato-shaped satellite is drawing slowly, but inexorably, closer to its host planet. Eventually, within about 100 million years, the gravitational interaction between the two bodies will tear Phobos apart, giving the red planet a temporary dusty ring. According to a new …

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Scientists solved a 500-million-year-old mystery about strange Cambrian structures found in China

Over 500 million years ago, sea-dwelling invertebrates pioneered a new evolutionary experiment: skeletons. But while those durable, tubelike structures stood the test of time as fossils, the animals’ soft bodies decayed and vanished, erasing all evidence of what these ancient animals may have looked like. Now, a recent reexamination of those ancient skeletal tubes has …

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Tentacle of a Transgenic Sea Anemone

Forever Young: Scientists Reveal the Secret to a Strange Animal’s Eternal Youth

Cross-section through a tentacle of a transgenic sea anemone showing differentiation products of the SoxC cell population (magenta) and retractor muscles (yellow). Credit: Andreas Denner In sea anemones, highly conserved genes guarantee the lifelong differentiation of neurons and glandular cells. Sea anemones are seemingly immortal animals. They seem to be immune to aging and the …

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Strange Mystery of 'Missing' Planets Across Space May Be Solved

Strange Mystery of ‘Missing’ Planets Across Space May Be Solved

Today, the number of confirmed exoplanets stands at 5,197 in 3,888 planetary systems, with another 8,992 candidates awaiting confirmation. The majority have been particularly massive planets, ranging from Jupiter and Neptune-sized gas giants, which have radii about 2.5 times that of Earth. Another statistically significant population has been rocky planets that measure about 1.4 Earth …

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A close-up of the Martian moon Phobos.

Mars moon mystery: Strange structures found inside ‘fearful’ Phobos

Europe’s Mars Express spacecraft has peered deeper into the subsurface of the Martian moon Phobos than ever before, finding hints of unknown structures that could be clues as to the moon’s origin. Mars Express, which is a 19-year-veteran spacecraft in orbit around Mars, came within 51.6 miles (83 kilometers) of Phobos on Sept. 22, 2022 …

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Electrons with Planckian scattering in strange metals follow standard rules of orbital motion in a magnet

Electrons with Planckian scattering in strange metals follow standard rules of orbital motion in a magnet

The 100-tesla magnet system at the National Laboratory for Intense Magnetic Fields in Toulouse, France. Credit: Nanda Gonzague. Strange metals, or non-Fermi liquids, are distinct states of matter that have been observed in different quantum materials, including cuprate superconductors. These states are characterized by unusual conductive properties, such as a resistivity that is linearly associated …

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Plastic Conducts Like Metal

Scientists Astonished by Strange Material That Can Be Made Like Plastic But Conducts Like Metal

A group of scientists at the University of Chicago has discovered a way to create a material in which the molecular fragments are jumbled and disordered, but can still conduct electricity extremely well. This goes against all the rules we know about conductivity. Above is an artist’s conception of the lattice. Credit: Illustration by Frank …

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