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Milky Way Galaxy is Slowly Increasing in Size, Study Suggests

Our Milky Way Galaxy, which is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter, may be getting even bigger, according to a study by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the Universidad de La Laguna. The Solar System is located in one of ...

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Study: Japanese Macaques Bathe in Hot Springs to Reduce Cold-Climate Stress

Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), also known as snow monkeys, are the world’s most northerly species of non-human primates. They have been enjoying regular baths in the hot spring at Jigokudani in Japan for decades. Kyoto University researcher Rafaela Takeshita and ...

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Jurassic Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

An international team of paleontologists from the University of Edinburgh, Staffin Museum and Chinese Academy of Sciences has discovered a new dinosaur tracksite at Rubha nam Brathairean (Brothers’ Point) on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The tracks were made by ...

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Scientists Just Observed the Most Distant Star Ever Seen

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope recently helped scientists make a stunning observation: the most distant star ever seen, 9 billion light years away. Astronomers affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley were able to observe the star, dubbed Icarus, thanks ...

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Astronomers Spot 73 Unusually Fast-Evolving Stellar Explosions

A team of astronomers at the University of Southampton, UK, has found 73 rapidly evolving transients — very bright, but quick events — in a recent survey and are still struggling to explain their origin. Miika Pursiainen from the University ...

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Fluted Spear Points Prove Early Native Americans Liked to Travel

Analyses of numerous spear points with fluted edges found in northern Alaska and Yukon, and artifacts from further south in Canada, the Great Plains, and eastern United States, prove that the Ice Age peopling of the Americas was much more complex ...

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These 170-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tracks Were Uncovered in Scotland

If you’ve ever wished Jurassic Park was real, taking a trip to Scotland may be the next best thing. Scientists have discovered ancient dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland dating back to the Middle Jurassic period. The ...

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Astronomers Creating First Large-Scale Age-Map of Milky Way’s Bulge

A team of European Southern Observatory (ESO) astronomers looking to better understand the formation history of our Milky Way Galaxy has started creating the first age-map of the Galaxy’s bulge. Their current results show that a period of star formation ...

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New Research Provides Insights into Platypus Population Structure and History

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an egg-laying mammal which, alongside the echidna, occupies a unique place in the mammalian family tree. The unique creature had its genome sequenced a decade ago, revealing its unique genetic makeup and its divergence from ...

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Icarus Star: Hubble Spies Most Distant Star Ever Seen

A blue supergiant star nicknamed Icarus is so far away that its light has taken 9 billion years to reach our planet. It appears to us as it did when the Universe was about 30% of its current age. While ...

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