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Are Super-Earths Capable of Creating Conditions That Are Hospitable for Life to Arise and Thrive?

An illustration showing how a combination of static high-pressure synthesis techniques and dynamic methods enabled the researchers to probe the magnesium silicate bridgmanite, believed to be predominate in the mantles of rocky planets, under extreme conditions mimicking the interior of a super-Earth. Credit: Image is courtesy of Yingwei Fei. Sandia Z Machine photograph by Randy […]

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Rare “Mud Carapace” Mortuary Treatment of Egyptian Mummy Uncovered – And a Case of Mistaken Identity

Mummified individual and coffin in the Nicholson Collection of the Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney. A. Mummified individual, encased in a modern sleeve for conservation, NMR.27.3. B. Coffin lid, NMR.27.1. (Published under a CC BY license, with permission from the Chau Chak Wing Museum, original copyright 2019). Credit: Sowada et al, PLOS ONE […]

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Atheists and believers have different moral compasses

The moral compasses of atheists and believers are different in a few key ways, a new study finds. In some aspects, the moral compass was incredibly alike between the two groups; they both highly rated fairness and protecting the well-being of vulnerable people, for instance, and both highly endorsed liberty but not oppression. However, the […]

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Scintillating discovery: These distant ‘baby’ black holes seem to be misbehaving — and experts are perplexed

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Kathryn Ross, PhD Student, Curtin University Natasha Hurley-Walker, Radio Astronomer, Curtin University Radio images of the sky have revealed hundreds of “baby” and supermassive black holes in distant galaxies, with the galaxies’ light bouncing around in unexpected ways. […]

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Jumping Frost Crystals: Electrostatic De-icing Effect Could Be a Game-Changer for Aircraft and HVAC Industries

Frost breaks off and “jumps” upward due to an electrostatic charge. Credit: Virginia Tech If you have ever gotten up on a winter morning and thrown yourself into the arduous task of scraping frost from a windshield, a Virginia Tech lab is engaging science that could make your life much easier. In research funded by […]

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Dark Matter Explained by Extra Dimension in Spacetime and a New Heavy Particle Similar to the Higgs Boson?

Simulation of a collision in the Large Hadron Collider, producing the Higgs boson. © 1997-2021 CERN (CC-BY-SA-4.0) Credit: University of Granada An international team of scientists proposes a new heavy particle with properties similar to those of the Higgs boson. Unlike the Higgs boson, discovered at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in 2012 after a 40-year […]

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‘Homegrown’ California coronavirus variant is more contagious and possibly deadlier

Scientists in California are increasingly worried about the state’s “homegrown” coronavirus variant, with studies now showing that the variant is more transmissible than earlier strains and may be more resistant to current vaccines, according to news reports. The variant, known as B.1.427/B.1.429, first emerged in California last spring but didn’t show up on scientists’ radar […]

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The Milky Way May Be Swarming With Planets That Have Continents and Oceans Like Earth

“All planets in the Milky Way may be formed by the same building blocks, meaning that planets with the same amount of water and carbon as Earth,” says Professor Anders Johansen. Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI) According to a new study from the University of Copenhagen, Earth, Venus, and Mars were created from […]

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Weird rodent glows under UV light with disco swirls of pink and orange

In the scientific world right now, it’s mammals’ time to shine — literally.  Researchers are building a growing (and glowing) list of fluorescent mammals, and a new addition, an endearing jumping rodent called the springhare, just leaped into the spotlight, its brown fur lighting up in swirling disco patterns of pink and orange under ultraviolet (UV) […]

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Were the Mars moons Phobos and Deimos born from another shattered moon?

The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, might have both arose from the remains of a larger moon that once orbited the Red Planet, a new study finds. The origins of Phobos and Deimos remain uncertain. While their misshapen forms and their cratered surfaces suggested they were asteroids captured by the gravitational pull of Mars, […]

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