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Melting sea ice may lead to more life in the sea

Melt ponds cover vast areas in the Arctic. Credit: Heidi Louise Sørensen/SDU When spring arrives in the Arctic, both snow and sea ice melt, forming melt...
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Sculpting optical microstructures with slight changes in chemistry

Researchers used a new framework to grow sophisticated optical microcomponents, including trumpet-shaped assemblages that operate as waveguides. Credit: Wim L. Noorduin/Harvard University In 2013, materials scientists...
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Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant x-ray universe

X-ray image of the Chandra Deep Field-South, the region of the sky where the flaring X-ray source was discovered. This is the deepest X-ray...
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This timid little fish escapes predators by injecting them with opioid-laced venom

This image shows the skull of the venomous species Meiacanthus grammistes. Credit: Anthony Romilio Fang blennies are small fish with big teeth. Specifically, they have two...
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A decorated raven bone discovered in Crimea may provide insight into Neanderthal cognition

Legend of the image: left: notched raven bone from Zaskalnaya VI Neanderthal site, Crimea. center: experimental notching of a bird bone; right: sequences of...
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Solar wind stripped Martian atmosphere away

An illustration of the MAVEN spacecraft. Credit: Image courtesy NASA Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet...
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Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy

This is a frame from an animation that shows the expansion of the universe in the standard 'Lambda Cold Dark Matter' cosmology, which includes...
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Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the supernova remnant SNR 0509-68.7, also known as N103B (top of the image). N103B...
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Satellite galaxies at edge of Milky Way coexist with dark matter

The Large Magelanic Cloud is a well-known satellite or dwarf galaxy that closely orbits the Milky Way and is visible in Earth’s southern hemisphere....
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Not a pipe dream anymore. Space-farming: A long legacy leading us to Mars

Research into space farming has resulted in numerous Earth-based advances (e.g., LED lighting for greenhouse and vertical farm applications; new seed potato propagation techniques,...
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Air could be the world’s next battery

This is the idea that RICAS 2020 will be helping to realise: surplus energy generated by wind turbines and solar cells is used to...