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More dinosaur fossils are found now than ever before

Illinois-born Stephen Brusatte is one of the stars in modern palaeontology. A former national geographic beneficiary, he has discovered 10 new dinosaurs. He has also revealed pioneering scientific studies that have rewritten the history of these amazing beings, which, thanks to Hollywood and countless child stories, haunt our imagination today like never before. In his new book, The Rise And …

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Researchers discover the world's oldest lizard fossil

Researchers have identified the world's oldest lizard – the oldest ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes – by analyzing a 240 million-year-old fossil. The study, published in the journal Nature, provides an important insight into the development of modern lizards and snakes. The 240 million-year-old fossil, Megachirella wachtleri, is the oldest ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes, known …

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NASA chooses to study the solar wind limit for the outer solar system

This illustration shows Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe that observes signals from the sun's interaction with the winds of other stars. Credits: NASA NASA has chosen a science mission scheduled for launch in 2024 to test, analyze and map particles that flow to the Earth from the edges of interstellar space. The IMST mission (Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe) helps …

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NASA CubeSats controls Mars

An Artist's Concept of One of NASA's MarCO CubeSats. The dual MarCOs are the first CubeSats to complete an arc correcting operation and shoot their thrusters to control Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech NASA has achieved a first class of small spacecraft called CubeSats, which opens new space access. During the past week, two CubeSats, named MarCO-A and MarCO-B, have …

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Does dark matter have an electrical charge?

The distribution of dark matter in the galaxy club Abell 3827 appears as blue contour lines in this photo of the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESO / R. Massey Does dark matter have an electrical charge? Nobody really wondered before, but researchers explore the possibility that some particles of dark particles actually have a small electrical charge and that they …

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Astronaut Donald Peterson goes away

The last weekend of May saw the loss of not one, but two NASA astronauts. One day after the death of Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, spacecraft astronaut Don Peterson, who flew aboard Challenger's initial mission, abducted in May 27 at the age of 84. After graduating from West Point and completing a master's degree in nuclear technology from …

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The world's oldest lizard fossil forces rethink the reptile family – Delano

The fossil remains of a small lizard discovered in stone from the Italian Alps have shaken up the evolutionary family tree of reptiles and gave new light to the survivors of the most devastating mass eradication world ever faced, scientists say. Thought to have lived in the triass period, about 240 million years ago, the creature, called Megachirella Wachtleri, has …

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Planets in addition to our solar system

By Pat Brennan, NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Circular planets hit their stars and drag them in different directions. Astronomer Peter Plavchan, who studies such stellarwobbles, can be said to have a similar directional effect on astronomical society. Plavchan says he likes to draw researchers along unwanted roads – even when it is true to the current current. Plavchan, who recently …

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Dawn will enter the lowest ever run around Ceres

Laurel Kornfeld June 2, 2018 This image is one of the first images returned by Dawn for more than a year, as Dawn moves to its lowest ever and last round around Ceres. Dawn caught this view on May 16, 2018 from a height of about 270 miles (440 kilometers). NASAs Dawn spacecraft has begun maneuvers that should take it …

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New theory suggests that Pluto can be a giant comedy

Download the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE If you are downgraded from the planet to the dwarf planet 2006, there was an identity crisis for Pluto, here's another: Scientists now say that the ninth cradle of the sun can be a kind of giant comet, formed when a billion or so comets climbed into the solar system's early days. The researchers hatched …

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