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Innovative New System for Artificial Photosynthesis

New ‘artificial photosynthesis’ system produces methane with 10x efficiency

A study by six University of Chicago chemists shows an innovative new artificial photosynthesis system that is an order of magnitude more productive than previous artificial systems. Above is an artistic illustration of the process. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen University of Chicago breakthrough creates methane from the sun, carbon dioxide and water. Humans have …

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Nasa’s rocket launch to the Moon next week aims to close a 50-year gap

Fifty years ago this month, mission managers at the US space agency Nasa gave the go-ahead for what would turn out to be humanity’s most recent odyssey to the moon. Few knew at the time that it would take more than half a century before NASA was ready to return, including Apollo 17 commander Eugene …

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Tree Roots

Mass extinctions may have been caused by evolution of tree roots

Evolution of tree roots may have triggered a series of mass extinctions, according to new research. Geologists are finding parallels between ancient extinction events on a global scale and modern threats to Earth’s oceans. A series of mass extinctions that rocked Earth’s oceans during the Devonian Period more than 300 million years ago may have …

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A lone astronaut standing facing away from the camera dressed in full space suit with backpack, stands still looking towards a distant planet Earth.

Surviving the lunar night can be a challenge for astronauts on the moon

As several nations devise their strategies for exploring the moon, the best way to survive the lunar night is giving space engineers cold sweats. The moon’s lunar day/night cycle at most places on the surface consists of fourteen Earth days of continuous sunshine followed by fourteen days of constant darkness and intense cold. Due to …

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Webb gives us a stunning new look at this lonely dwarf galaxy

Webb gives us a stunning new look at this lonely dwarf galaxy

The James Webb Space Telescope Early Release Science (ERS) program – first launched on July 12, 2022 – has proven to be a treasure trove of discoveries and scientific breakthroughs. Among the many areas of research it enables is the study of resolved stellar populations (RST), which was the subject of ERS 1334. This refers …

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A bright fireball is seen above Brkini, Slovenia, on Nov. 12, 2015, during a Taurid swarm. This month, another swarm is upon us, with fireballs that can be seen in the sky throughout November.

Northern Taurid fireballs are visible throughout November

A bright fireball is seen over Brkini, Slovenia November 12, 2015 during a Taurid swarm. This month another swarm is upon us, with fireballs that can be seen in the sky throughout November. (Marko Korosec, Solent News/Shutterstock) Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes ATLANTA — The Taurid “swarm” is still going strong this month, with bright …

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Sonic Booms Heard in Florida Caused by Secret Space Plane Returning to Earth

Sonic Booms Heard in Florida Caused by Secret Space Plane Returning to Earth

Mysterious ‘sonic booms’ heard in central Florida Michael Teplansky shared this video taken by his home security camera which has audio of loud booms heard in central Florida early Saturday. This video was taken in a house near the SeaWorld area. ORLANDO, Florida. – Florida residents lit up social media on Saturday after hearing the …

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NASA's Artemis I Moon rocket ready for launch - How to watch live

NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket ready for launch – How to watch live

This artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liftoff. This rocket’s Block 1 crew configuration will send the first three Artemis missions to the Moon. Credit: NASA/MSFC SLS) rocket, an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SLS is a super …

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NASA's Artemis I Moon rocket ready for launch - How to watch live

NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket ready for launch – How to watch live

This artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liftoff. This rocket’s Block 1 crew configuration will send the first three Artemis missions to the Moon. Credit: NASA/MSFC SLS) rocket, an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SLS is a super …

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