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Astronomers may have found the first known extragalactic exoplanet

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Astronomers may have found the first known extragalactic exoplanet

Astronomers may have spotted the first known planet in another galaxy. The potential world, called M51-ULS-1b, orbits both a massive star and a dead star in the Whirlpool galaxy, about 28 million light-years from Earth. The object’s existence, if confirmed, suggests that there could be many other extragalactic exoplanets waiting to be discovered, astronomers report […]

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Giant Lemurs Are the First Mammals (Besides Us) Found To Use Rhythm

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Giant Lemurs Are the First Mammals (Besides Us) Found To Use Rhythm

Mammals make all manner of sounds, but their calls rarely resemble music. The culprit? A lack of rhythm—the temporal sequence that organizes sounds, and the pauses between them, into a repeatable pattern. Humans have long been the only mammals known to utilize rhythm to create music. To discover how we could have acquired this ear […]

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Lidar may reveal a blueprint for many Olmec and Maya ceremonial sites

By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Lidar may reveal a blueprint for many Olmec and Maya ceremonial sites

An unexpected architectural tradition linked many Olmec and Maya societies of Mesoamerica, an ancient cultural area that ran from central Mexico to Central America. Starting as early as around 3,400 years ago and for roughly the next two millennia, those communities constructed ceremonial centers based on a common blueprint. That plan was grounded in ideas […]

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Delta, delta-plus, and other super infectious COVID variants, explained

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Delta, delta-plus, and other super infectious COVID variants, explained

This post was last updated on October 26, 2021. If there’s one thing we can count on in life, it’s change, and viruses are no exception. Variants of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus have popped up in different corners of the world and while that might sound a bit scary, it’s actually perfectly normal, or even […]

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Nearly 500 Mesoamerican monuments revealed by laser mapping—many for the first time | Science

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Nearly 500 Mesoamerican monuments revealed by laser mapping—many for the first time | Science

Scientists have uncovered nearly 500 Mesoamerican monuments in southern Mexico using an airborne laser mapping technology called lidar. Dating as far back as 3000 years ago, the structures—still buried beneath vegetation—include huge artificial plateaus that may have been used for ceremonial gatherings and other religious events. “The sheer number of sites they found is staggering,” […]

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California wildfires may turn to mudslides with heavy rain

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on California wildfires may turn to mudslides with heavy rain

Amir AghaKouchak is a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine. This story originally featured on The Conversation. A powerful storm system known as an atmospheric river is heading for northern California and Oregon, a region in the midst of an historic drought. While it will bring […]

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COP26: Ed Miliband on the reality of UN climate summits

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on COP26: Ed Miliband on the reality of UN climate summits

By Adam Vaughan Ed Miliband was the UK’s climate minister at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 Guy Smallman/Getty Images Around 25,000 delegates will descend on Glasgow, UK, for COP26, a climate conference like no other. As a key player at one of the most important climate summits that preceded it, Ed Miliband has a […]

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Beavers Chip in on Landscape Engineering

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Beavers Chip in on Landscape Engineering

Beavers are among the best ecosystem engineers. Their mighty chompers make quick work of trees, and the resulting logs dam up moving water to create swampy ponds. These changes to the landscape can open up important new habitats for all kinds of species, from amphibians to moose, within the beavers’ native range in North America. […]

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Senate Debates Uncertain Future of U.S. Spaceflight

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Senate Debates Uncertain Future of U.S. Spaceflight

The risk of collisions in space, the fate of the United States in orbit after the space station retires and continuing debates over NASA’s path back to the moon dominated a two-hour hearing on Thursday (Oct. 21) held by a Senate committee focused on space and science. The wide-ranging conversation came as the Senate and […]

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How to make your home safe for you and your family

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on How to make your home safe for you and your family

Home sweet home. It’s the place where we enjoy our lives, but it’s also where you can get seriously hurt. Thankfully, simple precautions can prevent many household injuries from occurring. How to prevent falls Falling is the most common type of at-home injury. Sometimes people slip. Other times they trip over something on the floor […]

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