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Tying celestial mechanics to Earth’s ice ages
4th May 2020 physicstoday.scitation.org | Earth, Humans, Tech

Gradual falls and sharp rises in temperature for millions of years have profoundly affected living conditions on the planet and, consequently, our own evolution.

Pentagon releases three UFO videos taken by US navy pilots
29th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

The Pentagon on Monday released three declassified videos that show US navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects.

Scientists create glowing plants using mushroom genes
28th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Tech, Weird

Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laboratory.

‘Alien comet’ visitor has weird composition
21st April 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

The first known comet to visit us from another star system has an unusual make-up, according to new research.

Newfound alien planet may be most Earth-like yet
16th April 2020 | space.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Scientists analyzing data gathered by Kepler, which NASA retired in November 2018, just found a hidden gem: an Earth-size world that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.

MAJOR NEW BREAKTHROUGH COULD HELP REVEAL ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE, SCIENTISTS SAY
16th April 2020 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech

Scientists have made a major breakthrough that could help us understand the origin of our universe, they say.

Image by Nasa Hubble 

Scientists discover supernova that outshines all others
13th April 2020 phys.org | Space, Tech

A supernova at least twice as bright and energetic, and likely much more massive than any yet recorded has been identified by an international team of astronomers, led by the University of Birmingham.

The Hunt for Hazardous Asteroids Continues, Even After Most Telescopes Have Closed
12th April 2020 | discovermagazine.com | Space, Tech

Despite more than 100 telescope closures in recent weeks, key asteroid detection efforts remain online. Their task is harder now, and it’s unclear how long they can keep observing.

Scientists digitally reconstruct skulls of dinosaurs in fossilised eggs
9th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The fossilised skulls of dinosaur embryos that died within their eggs about 200m years ago, have been digitally reconstructed by scientists, shedding new light on the animals’ development, and how close they were to hatching.

UNIVERSE MAY NOT BE EXPANDING THE SAME WAY IN ALL DIRECTIONS, NEW NASA AND ESA STUDY SUGGESTS, CHALLENGING FUNDAMENTAL IDEA OF COSMOLOGY
8th April 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Space, Tech

Our universe may not be expanding at the same speed in all directions, according to a new study, challenging one of our basic ideas about the universe.

Event Horizon Telescope: Black hole produces twisting jet
7th April 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Tech

One year on from publishing the first ever image of a black hole, the team behind that historic breakthrough is back with a new picture.

Researcher discovers early, complex brain surgery in ancient Greece
7th April 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ten skeletal remains—four women and six men likely of high social standing—were discovered in the Paliokastro site on Thasos island in Greece. Their bones illuminated their physical activities, traumas, and even a complex form of brain surgery.

Far stars firmly in sight thanks to telescope teamwork
6th April 2020 phys.org | Space, Tech

Stars far, far away could appear a lot closer when viewed through our telescopes thanks to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).

Dating the Broken Hill skull: Homo heidelbergensis was younger than we thought
2nd April 2020 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Broken Hill 1 (Kabwe) skull became the first historically significant human fossil found in Africa when it was discovered in Zambia in 1921. Almost one hundred years later and the remains of this ancient human are continuing to shed light on how humans evolved, after a new analysis of the fossil has shown it to be much younger than previously thought.

Mysterious human ancestor finds its place in our family tree
2nd April 2020 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new study of proteins taken from the tooth of an enigmatic human ancestor reveals their rough place in the family tree—and shows how ancient proteins can push beyond the limits of DNA.

ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole
27th March 2020 phys.org | Space, Tech

Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

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