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How the Apollo Program Changed Our Understanding of What the Moon Even Is

As the ancient planet Theia struck its glancing blow into Tellus, the planet that would become Earth, part of its mantle sloughed off into that of the planet it had struck, but some drove on past, pushing a layer of ...

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Scientists Observe Molecular Motions in Real Time

An international team of researchers led by Brown University has used ultra-high-speed X-ray pulses to image subtle motions of a molecule of N-methyl morpholine. “For many years, chemists have learned about chemical reactions by essentially studying the molecules present before ...

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Stonehenge’s Builders Transported Megaliths Using Tallow, Says Archaeologist

Lipid (fat) residues identified in Grooved Ware pottery from Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge, have been interpreted as evidence for large-scale feasting associated with the construction of Stonehenge, around 2500 BCE. But, new research from Newcastle University suggests that because the ...

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From Satellites to the Moon and Mars, China Is Quickly Becoming a Space Superpower

Nestled among the crimson dunes of China’s Gobi Desert, a warren of domes and squat white buildings rises from the parched earth. Inside is a research and educational facility for budding astronauts — and the latest manifestation of Beijing’s bid ...

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Australopithecus Mothers Breastfed Their Infants for Year after Birth

A high-resolution trace-element analysis of 2.6-2.1-million-year-old teeth from an extinct hominin called Australopithecus africanus has revealed that infants were breastfed continuously from birth to about one year of age; nursing appears to continue in a cyclical pattern in the early ...

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What’s the Most Realistic Movie About Space? Here’s What 8 Movies Got Right—and Wrong

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the historic mission during which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land and walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. There are few events in American ...

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Newly-Discovered Rocky Exoplanet Has Three Red Suns

Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered a terrestrial planet orbiting a star in the triple-star system LTT 1445. LTT 1445, also known as TIC 98796344, TOI 455, L 730-18 or BD-17 588, is a hierarchical trio ...

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Detoxification Enzyme Linked to Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

A team of scientists at Clemson University has discovered that CYP2B — a key enzyme involved in metabolism, particularly in the detoxification of chemicals in the body — plays a role in obesity and fatty liver disease, especially in males. ...

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Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Make Dangerous Heat Waves Far More Common

People all across the U.S. have been sweating through heat waves this summer, and new research suggests they should get used to it. Over the next century, climate change will likely make extreme heat conditions—and their concordant health risks—much more ...

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‘Shovel-Billed’ Dinosaur Roamed Texas 80 Million Years Ago

A new genus and species of primitive hadrosaurid dinosaur — named Aquilarhinus palimentus — has been identified from fossils found in Big Bend National Park, Texas, the United States. Aquilarhinus palimentus belongs to the Hadrosauridae (duck-billed dinosaurs), a group of ...

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