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Solar Orbiter Sends Closest Pictures of Sun Ever Taken

July 25, 2020

NASA and the European Space Agency published the closest-ever photos of the Sun, according to NASA. The unmanned spacecraft Solar Orbiter was launched in February.The unmanned spacecraft Solar Orbiter was launched in February. Due to the pandemic, the mission control team worked remotely from home, for the first time, to perform critical operations. The Sun is the best star for us to study. […]

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A Look at Alzheimer’s Disease as New Clues Emerge

July 13, 2020

A process called phase transition offers new insight into degenerative diseases, NPR reported. Phase transition involves matter changing from one state to another, and when brain cells can’t do so, it can cause toxins to build up in the brain. How does it relate to Alzheimer’s? […]

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New Evidence Suggests Pluto Started Hot and Contained an Ocean

July 4, 2020

The formerly designated planet Pluto may have once looked far different than it does today, CNN reported. Now a frozen planet that reaches nearly -400 degrees Fahrenheit, the celestial body may have once been hot and played host to bodies of water. Our knowledge of Pluto is still limited. […]

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Classic Optical Illusion Solved after More Than 100 Years

June 28, 2020

Scientists now know why a color looks brighter or darker against gradient backgrounds, Science Alert reported. The common optical illusion has to do with the actual light emitted from the image rather than our analysis of gradients. Our brains deceive us surprisingly often. […]

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New Findings Suggest Early Dinosaurs Laid Soft-Shelled Eggs

June 24, 2020

Early dinosaurs and marine reptiles left evidence of soft-shelled egg-laying, according to a new study published in “Nature.” The study includes analysis of findings from two early dino species—Protoceratops and Mussaurus—that were compared to other diapsids. Egg evolution helped reptiles spread further across land. […]

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Giant Squid, 13 Feet Long, Washes Ashore in South Africa

June 22, 2020

A dead giant squid, mostly intact, recently washed up on a South African beach, “Live Science” reported. These creatures rarely end up on a beach, let alone in such a state—most have decayed or been picked over by underwater scavengers. Giant squid inhabit the deep sea pelagic zone of the ocean. […]

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Scientists Analyze Last Meal of 110-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur

June 19, 2020

Scientists have analyzed the stomach contents of a 110-million-year-old dinosaur, according to a recently published paper. Most of the partially-digested food is multiple species of plant matter, though small amounts of wood and charcoal were also detected. The dino world is due for some mythbusting. […]

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First Woman to Reach Ocean’s Deepest Point Was First to Walk in Space

June 17, 2020

Astronaut Kathy Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, has visited the ocean’s deepest point, Science Alert reported. Now, Sullivan has become the first woman to reach the ocean’s deepest point, seven miles beneath the surface in the Mariana Trench. Life at that depth is cold, dark, and strange. […]

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