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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will hit a milestone this weekend

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will hit a milestone this weekend

NASA's new horizons spacecraft reached Pluto on July 14, 2015. In doing so, it became the first spacecraft to investigate the dwarf planet closely. On January 1, 2019, it passed a large 36-kilometer long Kuiper belt object known as Arrokoth. That object is a rocky, icy body in a river of similar comet-like objects that circles the solar system not previously studied.

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Researchers extract Neanderthal DNA from dirt inside an ancient cave

Researchers extract Neanderthal DNA from dirt inside an ancient cave

Researchers have used a new method to extract DNA of Neanderthals from the soil of caves they inhabited to reveal how they came back from near extinction at least twice before finally disappearing from the planet. A new study was published last week showing details of how an international team of researchers recovered fragments of Neanderthal genetic material that dated to between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago from cave sediments found in caves in Spain and Russia.

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Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Newly published research from Penn State University suggests that adding a hefty dose of cocoa powder to your daily diet may help improve health factors related to obesity. The study involved mice but the results may be applicable to humans, as well, according to the researchers -- though hitting an equivalent dose may be a bit difficult at 10 tablespoons per day.

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Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

A study on more than 3,000 young, healthy US Marines has found that a previous COVID-19 infection doesn't entirely protect young adults from reinfection from the virus. The research comes from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which notes that young people should still be sure to get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they've previously caught and recovered from SARS-CoV-2.

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Dinosaur tally research begins with Tyrannosaurus rex per square mile

Dinosaur tally research begins with Tyrannosaurus rex per square mile

Research published this week showed a team interested in the total population of individual species of dinosaurs. They began their work with one of the best-known dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, taking a crack at estimating new metrics based on what they already know to be true. They've used a relationship established between body size and population density in extant species to estimate a new set of traits never before calculated in such a way.

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Study finds short exercise technique can replace long, boring sessions

Study finds short exercise technique can replace long, boring sessions

If you hate exercising for a long period of time but force yourself to do it for the sake of your health, a new study from The Physiological Society has some good news. According to the researchers, a short bout of intense exercise, when done properly, can effectively replace longer sessions while improving multiple aspects of one's health.

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We need a COVID-19 blood clot and vaccine breakthrough reality check

We need a COVID-19 blood clot and vaccine breakthrough reality check

People vaccinated against COVID-19 can still catch coronavirus and some immunizations carry an increased risk of blood clots, new research confirms, but officials maintain that the benefits still significantly outweigh the risks. The ongoing studies - running in parallel to COVID-19 vaccinations, as healthcare providers attempt to slow the global pandemic - underscore the need for comparative nuance when it comes to deciding about whether to get a vaccine shot.

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Forget Vantablack, this ultra-white paint is the brightest ever

Forget Vantablack, this ultra-white paint is the brightest ever

The whitest paint ever created is being shown off with glaring results, and could one day help significantly reduce cooling costs for cities in extreme climates. The ultra-white paint is the handiwork of a team of engineers at Purdue University, and reflects a huge 98.1-percent of sunlight - enough, in some conditions, to actually cool surfaces below ambient conditions.

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NASA visualizes how binary black holes bend light

NASA visualizes how binary black holes bend light

NASA has released a new visualization that shows what the light-bending action of a pair of orbiting black holes would look like. The movie, which can be seen below, shows how a distant pair of black holes would distort and redirect light coming from the hot gas of the accretion disks surrounding them. When viewed from the orbital plane, each of the black hole's accretion disks would take on a double-hump characteristic.

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Scientists discover new data on fast radio bursts

Scientists discover new data on fast radio bursts

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first discovered over ten years ago, and since their discovery, scientists have worked to figure out what could be generating the intense flashes of radio waves. Researchers have used a gradual process of elimination, and the field of possible explanations for FRBs has been narrowed as new information about them was gathered. The type of information researchers have been gathering includes how long the FRB lasts, the frequencies of the radio waves detected, and other tidbits.

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Study estimates North America was home to billions of T Rexes over its lifetime

Study estimates North America was home to billions of T Rexes over its lifetime

One of the most famous of all the dinosaurs that roamed the ancient Earth is the Tyrannosaurus rex or T Rex. Everyone is familiar with the T Rex making it arguably one of the most famous dinosaur species that ever existed. Many may have never considered how many T Rex dinosaurs lived in what is now North America about 2.5 million years ago.

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Latest study on red meat has bad news for people who love steak

Latest study on red meat has bad news for people who love steak

Warm days have arrived in many places and with that comes outdoor grilling -- a habit that often involves burgers and steaks, at least in the US. It's no secret that red meat has been linked to a reduction in heart health, but past research on the topic hasn't been entirely consistent. Here to help settle the matter is a new study that 'strengthens' the link between eating too much red meat and hurting your heart.

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