Scientific Discoveries

Successful 'alien' Bird Invasions Are Location Dependent

A new study published today in Nature, shows that alien bird introductions are most successful in locations and climates similar to their native habitats and in places where other alien species are already established. The discovery is important...

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European Astronauts Plan To Take Pics Of A Comet From The Dawn Of Time

The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to photograph a yet-to-be-discovered comet as it approaches Earth's orbit for the first time. To do so, it's developing "Comet Interceptor," a composite made of three individual spacecraft,...
Related topics: European Space Agency, Astronaut, Comets, Space, Spacecrafts

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Scientists Discovered Table Salt On Jupiter’s Moon, Europa

Europa, a frozen moon around Jupiter, is believed to be one of the most habitable worlds in the solar system. It was first imaged in detail by the Voyager 1 probe in 1979, revealing a surface almost devoid of large craters. This suggested that water...
Related topics: Jupiter, Moon, Space

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Plate Tectonics May Have Driven Cambrian Explosion, Study Shows

The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist.

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Special Nanotubes Could Improve Solar Power And Imaging Technology

Physicists have discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates current in the presence of light. Devices such as optical sensors and infrared imaging chips are likely applications, which could be useful in fields such as automated transport and...
Related topics: Nanotubes, Solar Power, Physics

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Sea Otters Have Low Genetic Diversity Like Other Threatened Species, Biologists Report

Sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species, a UCLA-led team of life scientists has discovered.
Related topics: Genetics

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Cool Halo Gas Caught Spinning Like Galactic Disks

A group of astronomers led by Crystal Martin and Stephanie Ho of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered a dizzying cosmic choreography among typical star-forming galaxies
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Boaty Mcboatface Makes Major Climate Change Discovery

Autonomous underwater vehicle Boaty McBoatface may be the key to understanding climate change. Data collected during the yellow submarine’s 2017 deep-sea mission will aid scientists in building more accurate predictions of how increasing...

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Sea Otters Have Low Genetic Diversity Like Other Threatened Species, Biologists Report

Sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species, a UCLA-led team of life scientists has discovered.
Related topics: Genetics

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Cool Halo Gas Caught Spinning Like Galactic Disks

A group of astronomers led by Crystal Martin and Stephanie Ho of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered a dizzying cosmic choreography among typical star-forming galaxies
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Teegarden’s Star Has Two Potentially Habitable Planets Orbiting

A pair of potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered orbing around Teegarden’s star. Teegarden is an old red dwarf star that is 12 light-years away from Earth in the Aries constellation. Both of the planets orbiting the star have...
Related topics: Space, Exoplanets, Constellations

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Secret Of The Sun's Early Spin May Be Buried In Moon Rock

NASA may discover the secrets of the sun's early history in an unlikely location: Earth's moon.
Related topics: Sun, Moon, Space, NASA

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Boaty Mcboatface Makes Discovery

In the years since the goofy name of a research vessel grabbed international headlines, Boaty has been off gathering crucial deep-sea data on the effects of climate change.

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Permafrost In Canada Thaws 70 Years Earlier Than Expected, Shocking Scientists

Scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks were stunned when they discovered that permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted. "What we saw was amazing," Prof. Vladimir E. Romanovsky told Reuters. "It's an...
Related topics: Arctic, Reuters

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Astronomers Just Observed Two Galaxies Merging, 13 Billion Years Ago - Cnet

It's thought to be the earliest known example of merging galaxies yet discovered.
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Scientists Challenge Notion Of Binary Sexuality With Naming Of New Plant Species

Scientists have named a new plant species from the remote Outback. The description of the plant had confounded field biologists for decades because of the unusual fluidity of its flower form. The discovery offers a powerful example of the diversity...

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Cool Halo Gas Caught Spinning Like Galactic Disks

Astronomers have discovered cool halo gas spinning in the same direction as galactic disks in typical star-forming galaxies. Their findings suggest that the whirling gas halo will eventually spiral in towards the galactic disk where it can fuel star...
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Apollo 11 Astronaut Tweets Unseen Moon Landing Crew Photo Found ‘in A Box’

The social media-savvy astronaut published his discovery as the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the lunar surface this July.
Related topics: Astronaut, Moon, Space, Science Photos, Social Media, Anniversaries

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Researchers Discover Urban Problems Plagued Even The Earliest Cities

Excavations at Çatalhöyük. (Credit: NiglaNik/Shutterstock) In the mid-1960s, an English archaeologist discovered an enormous and ancient settlement called Çatalhöyük on the Konya Plain in south central Turkey. Wall paintings and figurines...
Related topics: Archaeology

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Humans Are Probably Behind The Evolution Of 'puppy Dog Eyes'

Dogs likely evolved the gesture in response to human pressure. (Credit: Fotyma/Shutterstock) You know that look Fido gives you from underneath the dinner table? Those puppy dog eyes, researchers recently discovered, are something unique to...

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