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Do exoplanet scientists have any favorite exoplanets?

Do exoplanet scientists have any favorite exoplanets?

Exoplanets have been causing a stir over the past decade-plus, with scientists regularly confirming new exoplanets thanks to NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions, as well as the James Webb Space Telescope recently examining exoplanet atmospheres. It’s because of these discoveries that exoplanet science has become an exciting field of intrigue and wonder, but do the …

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The “skin of our planet” is in danger. Here’s how scientists are trying to save it

Biological soil crusts, which some researchers describe as “the living skin of the Earth”, are a diverse community of organisms – microbes, fungi, plants and lichens – that play a crucial role in the management of entire ecosystems. And they are in trouble. From deserts to polar regions, dryland ecosystems are home to about a …

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Antarctica is changing, for good. This is what scientists say it will look like by 2100

Only a tiny part of Antarctica – less than 1% – is permanently free of ice. Key points: Thousands of square kilometers of Antarctica will be ice-free by the end of the century Most of Antarctica’s biodiversity is found in ice-free areas, and some species will benefit from the increased habitat, while others will suffer. …

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NASA scientists create jets of black holes with a supercomputer

NASA scientists create jets of black holes with a supercomputer

These images show the diversity of black hole jets. Left: NGC 1068, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies (green and red) with a fast-growing supermassive black hole, powers a jet (blue) much smaller than the galaxy itself. Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares, D.Evans et al. (X-ray); NASA/STScI (optics); and NSF/NRAO/VLA (radio). Right: The Centaurus A galaxy reveals …

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NASA scientists create jets of black holes with a supercomputer

NASA scientists create jets of black holes with a supercomputer

These images show the diversity of black hole jets. Left: NGC 1068, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies (green and red) with a fast-growing supermassive black hole, powers a jet (blue) much smaller than the galaxy itself. Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares, D.Evans et al. (X-ray); NASA/STScI (optics); and NSF/NRAO/VLA (radio). Right: The Centaurus A galaxy reveals …

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Scientists Link Rare Genetic Phenomenon to Neural Function, Schizophrenia |  Writing

Scientists Link Rare Genetic Phenomenon to Neural Function, Schizophrenia | Writing

Led by Jin Szatkiewicz, PhD, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and colleagues at the University of Toronto have found that a rare form of a common genetic variant called tandem repeats is strongly associated to the development of schizophrenia. Jin Szatkiewicz, PhD CHAPEL HILL, NC – In our cells, the language of DNA …

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Ancient Giant Sea Turtle With Never-Before-Seen Features Found In Europe, Scientists Say |  CNN

Ancient Giant Sea Turtle With Never-Before-Seen Features Found In Europe, Scientists Say | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news about fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — A long time ago, gigantic sea turtles swam in the seas of the Earth. Until recently, these prehistoric giants, reaching lengths of over 3 meters (10 feet) from head to tail, were thought …

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Scientists warn long-frozen 'zombie virus' is 'public health threat' amid thaw

Scientists warn long-frozen ‘zombie virus’ is ‘public health threat’ amid thaw

They’re potentially opening Pandora’s pox. French scientists have raised fears of a new pandemic after reviving a “zombie virus” that had been trapped under a frozen lake in Russia for a record 50,000 years. “The situation would be much more dire in the case of plant, animal or human diseases caused by the resurgence of …

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Scientists warn long-frozen 'zombie virus' is 'public health threat' amid thaw

Scientists warn long-frozen ‘zombie virus’ is ‘public health threat’ amid thaw

They’re potentially opening Pandora’s pox. French scientists have raised fears of a new pandemic after reviving a “zombie virus” that had been trapped under a frozen lake in Russia for a record 50,000 years. “The situation would be much more dire in the case of plant, animal or human diseases caused by the resurgence of …

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Mars once had so much water it could have been an ocean world, scientists say

Mars once had so much water it could have been an ocean world, scientists say

Today, Mars is colloquially known as the “Red Planet” due to its dry, dusty landscape rich in iron oxide (aka “rust”). Additionally, the atmosphere is extremely thin and cold, and no water can exist on the surface in any form other than ice. But as the Martian landscape and other evidence attests, Mars was once …

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