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June 19, 2023


Europe’s BepiColombo spacecraft to zoom within 150 miles of Mercury in close flyby today

Europe’s Mercury probe BepiColombo will take a close look at its target planet on Monday (June 19), and we can expect some exciting new images to reach Earth soon after that. The flyby …

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Spaceflight Now

Indonesian communications satellite launched by SpaceX rocket

Watch a replay of our live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with PSN’s SATRIA communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live …

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Eerie lightning on Jupiter spied by Juno spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft captured the eerie glow of lightning inside a swirling vortex on Jupiter. The green lightning bolt was seen inside one of the many vortices that cluster near Jupiter’s north pole. Scientists are still …

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Scientific American

Quantum Light Experiment Proves Photosynthesis Starts with a Single Photon

Scientists have long suspected that photosynthesis must be sensitive to individual photons, or particles of light, because despite the way it dominates our days, the sun’s light is surprisingly sparse at the level of individual plant cells.

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The New York Times

Fossils Show How Long-Necked Reptiles Lost Their Heads

In 1830, Henry De la Beche, an English paleontologist, composed a painting of “Duria Antiquior,” a vision of Mesozoic oceans. When picturing a long-necked marine reptile, he depicted its throat clamped between the jaws of a monstrous Ichthyosaurus.

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Mysterious spiral signals in the human brain could be key to our cognition

Scientists suggest strange swirls across the outer layer of the brain might be used to link different parts of it together and help process information faster.

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Maui Now

Volcano Watch: Unveiling Earth’s magnetic secrets

There were no earthquakes with 3 or more felt reports in the Hawaiian Islands during the past week. Volcano Watch is a weekly article and activity update written by US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates …

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Science News

DNA has revealed the origin of this giant ‘mystery’ gecko

A lizard called Delcourt’s giant gecko has long been one of herpetology’s biggest mysteries — literally. Presumed extinct, the animal is by far the largest gecko known to have crawled the Earth, measuring at least 600 millimeters, or about two feet, …

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For a billion years, Earth may have had 19-hour days. Here’s why.

Days were once five hours shorter than they are now due to the moon’s proximity to Earth, a new study suggests. Comments (0). A portion of Earth overtop of part of the moon with the sun in the background. Earth’s days were once five hours shorter than …

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Ars Technica

New details show the driving force behind the solar wind

An artist’s depiction of the Parker Solar Probe, along with its subject. NASA. The solar wind swarms with charged particles that can light up auroras, cause satellites to glitch, and …

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