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Astronomers Find Isolated Neutron Star in Small Magellanic Cloud

New images from the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have revealed a ring-shaped structure in the young supernova remnant 1E 0102.2-7219 (1E 0102 for short), expanding slowly within the depths of fast-moving filaments left behind after ...

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Study Documents First Observation of Bonobos Sharing Meat with Neighbors

Bonobos (Pan paniscus) are willing to share meat with members of neighboring communities. This unusual behavior, documented in a study in the journal Human Nature, was observed recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Even though bonobos have ...

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Forecasters Are Warning This Year’s Hurricane Season Will Be Worse Than Usual

This year’s hurricane season is shaping to be another big one with a greater than 60% chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, according to a new forecast from top meteorologists. Researchers at Colorado State University estimate that ...

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Astronomers Make First Precise Distance Measurement to Ancient Globular Cluster

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the Universe — a globular cluster called NGC 6397, one of the closest such clusters to Earth. ...

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10,000 Stellar-Mass Black Holes Exist in Milky Way’s Central Region, Astronomers Say

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered what they believe are 12 stellar-mass black holes gathered around Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole in the Milky Way’s center, leading them to conclude there are probably 10,000 such objects spread ...

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Smokers Have Worse Quality Diets than Former Smokers or Non-Smokers, Says New Study

A team of researchers from Fairfield University and Yale University has evaluated data from 5,293 U.S. adults and found that smokers consumed around 200 more calories a day, despite eating significantly smaller portions of food, than non-smokers or former smokers. ...

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Intense X-Rays Could Sterilize Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

Intense radiation from host stars could strip away the ozone layer of Earth-like exoplanets and render them uninhabitable, according to a new study presented at the EWASS 2018: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool, UK. Astronomers now ...

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Ancestry.com Revealed This Woman’s Father Was Her Family’s Fertility Doctor. Now She’s Suing

A woman allegedly discovered her biological father was the fertility doctor her parents used to conceive her in 1980 through an Ancestry.com DNA test, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, then married but now ...

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I Was a ‘Slow Kid’ Who Became an Astronaut. Let’s Stop Telling People They Can’t Be Good at Science

Since I’ve returned from spending a year in space, I’ve been traveling the world sharing my experiences. I’ve been surprised by one of the things I’ve heard from audiences: that they believe science is too difficult, too complex for a ...

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Almost Nobody Can Write This Letter of the Alphabet Correctly

The alphabet is a little like a baseball team. You’ve got your everyday players—your A’s and E’s and S’s. Then you’ve got your benchwarmers—your X’s and Q’s and Z’s. They’ve got character, but you’re not going to go a whole ...

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