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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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Evidence That Earth’s First Cells – 3.8 Billion Years Ago – Could Have Made Specialized Compartments

“Protocells” containing bubble-like compartments formed spontaneously on a mineral-like and encapsulated fluorescent dye. This could have been what happened 3.8 billion years ago when cells first began to form. Credit: Image courtesy of Karolina Spustova New research by the University of Oslo provides evidence that the “protocells” that formed around 3.8 billion years ago, before […]

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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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Planet Earth Report –“The Quantum Century to Events That Could Have Ended Humanity”

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species. “And So It Begins” –Quantum Physicists Create a New Universe With Its Own Rules, reports The Daily Galaxy –Albert Einstein was […]

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A Genetic Variant You May Have Inherited From Neanderthals Reduces the Risk of Severe COVID-19

New research has found that a group of genes that reduces the risk of developing severe COVID-19 by around 20% is inherited from Neanderthals. Credit: Bjorn Oberg, Karolinska Institutet DNA variants passed on to modern humans from Neanderthals can increase as well as decrease our ability to fight SARS-CoV-2, a new PNAS study finds. New […]

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Neanderthal Brain Organoids Show How a Single Gene Alteration May Have Separated Modern Humans From Predecessors

Neanderthal-ized brain organoids (left) look very different than modern human brain organoids (right) — they have a distinctly different shape, and differ in the way their cells proliferate and how their synapses form. Credit: UC San Diego Health Sciences Novel study used brain organoids genetically modified to mimic now-extinct Neanderthals. As a professor of pediatrics […]

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NASA’s Perseverance rover team will have to live on ‘Mars time’ after landing on the Red Planet

Once NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on the Red Planet today (Feb. 18), its mission team will return to a time-honored tradition of planetary exploration — living on “Mars time.” Controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California will temporarily shift to a 24-hour, 37-minute Martian “day” (or sol) to make the most out […]

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At least 20 million years of life have been lost to COVID-19, study suggests

The COVID-19 pandemic may have resulted in an astonishing 20 million years of life lost worldwide, according to estimates from a new study. On average, each person who died lost 16 years of life. The study researchers — from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, […]

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Dinosaur-killing space rock may have originated at the edge of the solar system

The chunk of space rock that killed the nonavian dinosaurs may have been a piece of a comet that Jupiter’s gravity kicked onto a collision course with Earth.  A new study suggests that the dinosaur-killing object was not an asteroid from between Jupiter and Mars, as is often hypothesized. Instead, the study authors argue, the […]

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