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January 18, 2022

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Space.com

Chilly, damp Mars may have hosted an ancient ocean

New 3D climate simulations of the planet’s ancient atmosphere and water suggest a liquid ocean once existed in the northern lowland basin of Mars. This ocean potentially persisted even when average global surface temperatures were below the freezing point …

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Space.com

Possible sign of Mars life? Curiosity rover finds ‘tantalizing’ Red Planet organics

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found some interesting organic compounds on the Red Planet that could be signs of ancient Mars life, but it will take a lot more work to test that hypothesis. Some of the powdered rock samples that Curiosity has collected …

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Space.com

What really makes a planet habitable? Our assumptions may be wrong

If we find an Earth-size planet around a star that sits outside the “habitable zone,” we shouldn’t write it off just yet. Artist’s illustration of potentially habitable exoplanet Proxima b, which orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri.

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Space.com

A huge asteroid flies will fly safely by Earth today. Here’s how to watch it live.

You can watch live as a humongous asteroid flies safely past our planet today (Jan. 18). Italy’s Virtual Telescope Project, which is based in Rome, will host a livestream starting at …

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Space.com

You can watch SpaceX launch more than four dozen Starlink internet satellites on Tuesday. Here’s how.

Update for 2:50 pm ET: SpaceX has postponed the launch of its next Starlink mission to no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to weather issues. See our updated story below. A SpaceX rocket will launch a new fleet of the company’s Starlink internet …

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CNN

A huge, kilometer-wide asteroid will pass by Earth today

(CNN) An asteroid estimated to be around a kilometer (3,451 feet) wide will fly by Earth on Tuesday. It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 …

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Phys.Org

Research team identifies new mechanism for protecting DNA

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have identified a new mechanism by which a protein known for repairing damaged DNA also protects the integrity of DNA by preserving its structural shape. The discovery, involving the protein 53BP1, …

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Astronomy Magazine

Astronomers find evidence of zodiacal light on other habitable worlds

One of the most coveted sights for skygazers is the zodiacal light, a tall cone of whitish light that climbs the mid-latitude sky before dawn in autumn and at twilight in the spring. The light comes from the Sun glinting off dust particles in the Solar …

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Phys.Org

Smart soil bugs offer farmers an ecofriendly route to controlling crop diseases

The agri-tech innovation hopes to give farmers a way to reduce the cost and environmental damage caused by the chemical treatments currently in use to control crop diseases. The John Innes Centre team isolated and tested …

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Scientific American

Desert Plants’ Adaptations Help Them Thrive

This study “merges the genomics with ecological understanding of how plants behave in their natural environment,” says University of California, Davis, plant biologist Neelima Sinha, who was not involved in the research. “That just by itself makes it very …

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