Category: Science

Category: Science

2029 Turbulent era sparked leap in human behavior, adaptability 320,000 years ago

Turbulent era sparked leap in human behavior, adaptability 320,000 years ago

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For hundreds of thousands of years, early humans in the East African Rift Valley could expect certain things of their environment. Freshwater lakes in the region ensured a reliable source of water, and
2022 Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

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Three decades after Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan suggested that Voyager 1 snap Earth’s picture from billions of miles away — resulting in the iconic Pale Blue Dot photograph — two astronomers
2016 NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects significant amount of asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects significant amount of asteroid

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Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one
2009 Humans are born with brains 'prewired' to see words

Humans are born with brains ‘prewired’ to see words

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Humans are born with a part of the brain that is prewired to be receptive to seeing words and letters, setting the stage at birth for people to learn how to read, a new study suggests. Analyzing brain
2003 ALMA shows volcanic impact on Io's atmosphere

ALMA shows volcanic impact on Io’s atmosphere

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New radio images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Io. Io is the most
1997 NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches asteroid

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NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched
1990 Magnetic fields on the moon are the remnant of an ancient core dynamo

Magnetic fields on the moon are the remnant of an ancient core dynamo

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Presently, the moon does not have an internal magnetic field as it can be observed on Earth. However, there are localized regions on its surface up to several hundred kilometers in size where a very strong
1984 Pinpointing the 'silent' mutations that gave the coronavirus an evolutionary edge

Pinpointing the ‘silent’ mutations that gave the coronavirus an evolutionary edge

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We know that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 crisis lived harmlessly in bats and other wildlife before it jumped the species barrier and spilled over to humans. Now, researchers at Duke University
1978 Ground-breaking discovery finally proves rain really can move mountains

Ground-breaking discovery finally proves rain really can move mountains

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A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma. The dramatic effect rainfall has on the evolution of
1972 Biggest carbon dioxide drop: Real-time data show COVID-19's massive impact on global emissions

Biggest carbon dioxide drop: Real-time data show COVID-19’s massive impact on global emissions

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While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions — larger than during the financial
1953 ESO telescopes record last moments of star devoured by a black hole

ESO telescopes record last moments of star devoured by a black hole

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Using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other organisations around the world, astronomers have spotted a rare blast of light from a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black
1947 New research explores how super flares affect planets' habitability

New research explores how super flares affect planets’ habitability

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Ultraviolet light from giant stellar flares can destroy a planet’s habitability. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will help astrobiologists understand how much radiation
1941 New key player in long-term memory

New key player in long-term memory

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A McGill-led multi-institutional research team has discovered that during memory consolidation, there are at least two distinct processes taking place in two different brain networks — the excitatory
1935 Nitrous oxide emissions pose an increasing climate threat, study finds

Nitrous oxide emissions pose an increasing climate threat, study finds

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Rising nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions are jeopardizing the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a major new study by an international team of scientists. The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers
1929 Genomic study reveals evolutionary secrets of banyan tree

Genomic study reveals evolutionary secrets of banyan tree

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The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp that has coevolved with
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