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Eocene Monitor Lizard Had Four Eyes: Study

According to a new study, Saniwa ensidens — an extinct monitor lizard that lived in what is now Wyoming 51-49 million years ago (Eocene epoch) — had four eyes, a first among known jawed vertebrates. The third and fourth eyes ...

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SpaceX Has Launched an Experimental Space Junk Sweeper Into Orbit

Space may be about to get a lot less cluttered. A Monday launch by SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private aerospace company, saw a Falcon 9 rocket lift off from Florida packed with three tons of supplies for the International Space Station ...

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Scientists Create Infrared Camouflage Material

Thermal vision cameras detect differences in temperature by sensing infrared wavelengths. If a coating could be developed that showed dynamic tuning of the effective temperature, it might be possible to hide objects from infrared sensing. By drawing inspiration from squid ...

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Bodo saltans Virus: Researchers Find Microzooplankton-Infecting Giant Virus

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada has isolated and characterized the Bodo saltans virus, a giant virus that infects an ecologically important microbe commonly found in aquatic environments. In oceans, rivers and lakes, there ...

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Researchers Say Venus’ Atmosphere Could Support Extraterrestrial Life

It’s not likely that you’ll ever be offered the opportunity to visit Venus. But on the odd chance you are, you might want to decline. The temperature on the surface of the planet is around 870° F (465° C)—hot enough ...

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Venus’ Atmosphere Could Host Acid-Resistant Microorganisms

In the search for alien life, astrobiologists have turned over all sorts of rocks. For example, Mars has geological features that suggest it once had subsurface liquid water. Scientists have also eyed Jupiter’s moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto as well ...

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Scientists Describe Nanostructure, Mechanical Properties of Chicken Eggshell

Over their short lifetimes though, bird eggshells change their strength: they get thinner and weaker before hatching begins. Now, an international team of scientists led by McGill University has zeroed in on the fine structure and mechanical properties of chicken ...

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Hubble Space Telescope Sees Einstein Ring

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a so-called Einstein ring, a rare image of a distant galaxy lensed by gravity. This image from Hubble is packed full of galaxies. A keen eye can spot exquisite elliptical and ...

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China’s Tiangong-1 Space Lab Has Made Its Fiery Return to Earth

Chinese authorities say the Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth’s atmosphere Monday, marking an end to the country’s first space lab mission. The Tiangong-1 made re-entry over the Pacific Ocean around 8:15 a.m. Beijing time (8:15 p.m. Sunday EST), with most ...

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Chinese Space Lab Tiangong-1 Is Expected to Fall to Earth in the Next 24 Hours

The Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 is expected to fall back to Earth within the next 24 hours, putting an end to the nearly 19,000-pound, out-of-control space craft. Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace,” will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere at some point late ...

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