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Make sure the bees surf to safety on the waves they create

If their honey-making and pollination abilities were not enough, there is another reason to appreciate honey bees : They are world-class surfers. In addition to pollinating flowers, worker bees – who are all women – get the job of searching for water to cool their hives. However, if they fall into ponds, their wings become wet and cannot be used …

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Lakes are a "ticking time bomb" for climate change, researchers warn

"Climate change will increase forest cover and change species composition, resulting in a greater variation of leaves and plant debris that fall into streams. We found that the resulting increase in the diversity of organic molecules in the water leads to higher concentrations of greenhouse gases," said Dr. Tanentzap. "Understanding these connections means that we can look at ways to …

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Water vapor was detected on Jupiter's Europe

This increases the intrigues of other previously discovered factors associated with the potential for life in Europe. The results were published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday. The research team observed Europe with the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii – one of the world's largest telescopes – for 17 nights between 2016 and 2017. On one of those evenings, …

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NASA just confirmed that there are water plumes above the surface of Jupiter's Moon Europe

A team led by scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has confirmed traces of water vapor above the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europe. And that's a big deal because the small space rock is one of NASA's top priority targets for extraterrestrial life, according to the agency. "Although scientists have not yet discovered liquid water …

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The first map of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan reveals mazes and lakes

Titan poses in front of Saturn in this mosaic image from the Cassini mission. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system, is literally covered by mystery. A thick layer of hazy methane clouds obscures the lunar surface and prevents an in-depth look at its important geological features. Despite this, scientists have …

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NASA collaborates with SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to send large payloads to the moon

In its ongoing work to send cargo – and eventually humans – to the surface of the moon, NASA announced five new partnerships with commercial space companies that have designed robotic landers that can take large payloads to the moon. The additions include some well-known heavyweights in the industry, such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and the Sierra Nevada Corporation, which …

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2 infants buried with helmets made of skulls of other young people, archaeologists have wondered

Two infants were buried more than 2000 years ago with strange "helmets" made by other children's scales, researchers found. Researchers, led by the study's co-author Sara Juengst at the University of North Carolina, the Department of Anthropology, discovered the remains at a site called Salango in Ecuador and recently published their findings in the journal Latin American Antiquity. The researchers …

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Deep-sea valves can solve the mystery of the ancient sea coal

Scientists have found deep-sea graphite that can help solve a deep-sea carbonaceous mystery, according to a new study. The deep sea contains various kinds of coal, including fresh coal-based material from surface sources and old coal whose source is unknown. Researchers have theorized various sources for the older coal, including soot from combustion processes, deposited sediments or perhaps hydrothermal valves. …

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"Life Opportunity": researchers chart Saturn's exotic moon Titan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including large plains and dunes of frozen organic matter and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the hunt for life beyond the earth. FILE PHOTO: This artist's concept depicts how hydrocarbon ice formed on a liquid hydrocarbon …

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Researcher confirms new ways to launch and drive current in fusion plasma

PPPL physicist Fatima Ebrahimi. Credit: Elle Starkman / PPPL Office of Communications One obstacle to generating fusion reactions inside plants called tokamaks is that production of the current in plasma that helps create limiting magnetic field happens in pulses. Such pulses, generated by an electromagnet flowing along the center of the tokamak, would make constant fusion energy difficult to achieve. …

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