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May 2, 2023


James Webb Space Telescope detects water vapor around alien planet. But where did it come from?

“Water vapor in an atmosphere on a hot rocky planet would represent a major breakthrough for exoplanet science,” principal investigator behind the findings and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory researcher, Kevin Stevenson said in a …

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Scientific American

Where Did Mars’s Moons Come From?

A Japanese spacecraft launching next year will attempt to bring samples back from Phobos. The mission will build on exciting new results from a United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) orbiter at Mars that suggest a planetary origin for the two moons.

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The Weather Channel

Watch the Sky: May 2023 to Bring Us a Rare Lunar Eclipse, Aquariid Meteor Shower, Planetary Alignment And More

Summer is here and so is our enthusiasm to make the most of the vacation period. But with May being almost unbearably hot, stepping out during the day might not be the smartest thing to do. Luckily for us, there’s a whole bunch of amazing celestial …

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A stormy, active sun may have kickstarted life on Earth

A series of chemical experiments show how solar particles, colliding with gases in Earth’s early atmosphere, can form amino acids and carboxylic acids, the basic building blocks of proteins and organic life. The findings were published in the journal Life.

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The New York Times

Who Will Have the Last Word on the Universe?

But the cosmological constant refused to die. And now it threatens to wreck physics and the universe. In the end, if this dark energy prevails, distant galaxies will eventually be speeding away so fast that …

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BBC News

Climate change: life in ocean ‘twilight zone’ at risk from warming

It teams with life but was home to fewer organisms during warmer periods of Earth’s history, researchers found. In research led by the University of Exeter, scientists looked at two warm periods …

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Astronomy Magazine

First image from new balloon-based telescope revealed

The Super Pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) launched from Wānaka, New Zealand, on April 16 and has already captured stunning images of the Tarantula Nebula, kickstarting its 100-day hunt for dark matter.

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Chinese Mars rover finds signs of recent water activity on planet

There might have been more water on Mars than previously anticipated, according to new data from scientists monitoring China’s Zhurong rover on the planet. The discovery of certain cracks and surface designs on small Martian sand dunes formed in Mars’ …

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Researchers model ‘link’ between improved photosynthesis and increased yield

A team from the University of Illinois has modeled improving photosynthesis through enzyme modification and simulated soybean growth with realistic climate conditions, determining to what extent the improvements in photosynthesis could result in …

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462 million-year-old fossilized eyes and brains uncovered in ‘secret’ Welsh fossil site

Hosting a myriad of soft-bodied marine creatures and their organs, which are scarcely preserved in the fossil record, the site resembles the world-renowned Cambrian deposits of Burgess Shale in Canada and Qingjiang biota in China.

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