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April 30, 2023

The Seattle Times

What cheetahs, armadillos and whales revealed about human DNA

It has been 20 years since scientists put together the first rough draft of the human genome, the 3 billion genetic letters of DNA tightly wound inside most of our cells. Today, scientists are still struggling to decipher it.

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NASA is keeping Voyager 2 going until at least 2026 by tapping into backup power

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, which has been probing the outer bounds of the solar system for over 45 years, is running out of power. But a new plan aims to keep its interstellar mission alive for at least three more years. The Voyager 2, first launched …

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Zoonomia: Genetic research reveals all we share with animals

They found that certain regions of these genomes have stayed the same across all mammal species over millions of years of evolution. One study found that at least 10% of the human genome is largely unchanged across …

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Kennedy Space Center

Skylab: The Space Station That Fell on Australia

It included hundreds of science experiments, a solar observatory, and even a device for taking in-flight showers. The human crew was scheduled to go up a day after the spacecraft. Within hours of the Skylab failure, NASA delayed that crewed mission, as …

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New viruses related to both giant viruses and herpesviruses

Metagenomic data from Tara Oceans on marine plankton has enabled the discovery of a major group of DNA viruses found abundantly from the equator to the poles: mirusviruses. These viruses play a role in regulating plankton by infecting a considerable …

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The Columbus Dispatch

Tully Monster isn’t a vertebrate, so what is it?

The monster is back! Well, not alive, but back in the scientific spotlight. In 1958 amateur fossil hunter Francis Tully found some strange fossils at the famous Mazon Creek site, about 15 miles southwest of Chicago. A Yale University study published …

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Where to Look for Life: Homing in on the Habitable Zone

Artist’s concept of an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone. NASA / Ames / JPL-Caltech. The so-called habitable zone is the region around a star where, if a …

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The Indian Express

New planet discovered by University of Georgia researchers using Artificial Intelligence

Jason Terry, PhD candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said they developed a machine-learning model that could replicate what humans had done for decades. It was a concept he’d been working on as part of his thesis research.

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Hindustan Times

Asteroids zooming towards Earth on May 1! One is a 100-foot monster, other two are 45-foot giants: NASA

May 1, 2023 will see three asteroids approaching Earth and they will get very close. Out of these three asteroids, one is as large as 100-foot while the other two are 45-foot and 46-foot wide. According to NASA, any asteroid that comes within 4.6 …

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New Hope for Neurodegenerative Diseases: Stanford Researchers Uncover New Pathway for Clearing Misfolded …

Misfolded proteins pose a threat to cellular health, as they interfere with normal functions and contribute to age-associated degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. The mechanisms by which cells eliminate …

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