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James Webb Space Telescope will study Beta Pictoris

James Webb Space Telescope will study Beta Pictoris

NASA has been working towards launching its next orbital telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope. Researchers at the agency will use the Webb telescope to study an interesting young planetary system called Beta Pictoris. The planetary system has at least two planets and a mass of smaller, rocky bodies, and a dusty disc.

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Study compares emissions from combustion vehicles and EVs globally

Study compares emissions from combustion vehicles and EVs globally

The International Council on Clean Transportation has published a new global comparison investigating the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of combustion engine and fully electric passenger cars. The organization calls it a wide-ranging life-cycle assessment (LCA) that looks at the greenhouse gas emissions of passenger cars, including SUVs. The assessment was performed separately and in-depth for Europe, the US, China, and India.

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New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

Astronomers have been studying various planets in our solar system for generations. While modern scientific instruments and telescopes have given us detailed information on planets, such as Venus, some aspects of planets in our social system have remained a mystery. One example is nighttime weather on Venus.

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Russian Multipurpose Research Module finally heads to the ISS

Russian Multipurpose Research Module finally heads to the ISS

After more than a decade of delays, Russia finally launched a long-awaited research module to the ISS this week. The module is called the Russian Multipurpose Research Module (MLM) and is known as Nauka. The laboratory was supposed to have arrived and been fitted to the orbiting space station 14 years ago.

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Rare type of superconductivity observed in magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene

Rare type of superconductivity observed in magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene

Physicists at MIT have conducted a study on a material called magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene. The material has exhibited signs of a rare type of super connectivity. Physicists at MIT discovered the material exhibits superconductivity at surprisingly high magnetic fields of up to 10 Tesla.

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Russia’s mosquito tornado underscores climate change’s dramatic impact

Russia’s mosquito tornado underscores climate change’s dramatic impact

A newly published video shows a swarm of mosquitoes form into a literal cyclone of buzzing chaos as they terrorize a remote eastern Russian village. Though dramatic in its visual nature and beyond annoying, the mosquitoes weren't actually a danger to nearby people. Instead, the insects were worked up into a massive mating frenzy spurred, in part, by climate change.

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This is how NASA’s Perseverance rover will gather Mars samples to return to Earth

This is how NASA’s Perseverance rover will gather Mars samples to return to Earth

NASA's Perseverance may have been on Mars since February, but the rover is only now preparing to take its very first sample of red planet rock. It's taken more than a month of exploration in Jezero Crater, the location NASA selected to land Perseverance for the strongest chance of discovering ancient signs of life, to identify the best candidate spot for a multi-stage sampling process.

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Artificially designed fibers are tougher than Kevlar

Artificially designed fibers are tougher than Kevlar

Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have designed a new amyloid silk hybrid protein and produced the protein in engineered bacteria. Fibers resulting from the material are stronger and tougher than natural spider silks. Spider silks are known to be one of the strongest and toughest materials on Earth. The artificial silk is called "polymetric amyloid" fiber.

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3D images of shark intestines reveal how they function

3D images of shark intestines reveal how they function

Sharks are some of the most iconic predators of the ocean. Despite what we see in movies and on TV, scientists don't know much about what sharks eat in the wild. Even less is known about how sharks digest food and the role the shark plays in the ocean ecosystem. Scientists have relied on flat sketches of the digestive system of sharks for centuries to learn how they function, what they eat, and how they excrete.

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Amateur astronomer discovers a new Jovian moon

Amateur astronomer discovers a new Jovian moon

Everyone knows that the Earth only has one moon orbiting the planet. We all get to see it most nights, no matter where we are on the globe. While Earth has only one moon, other planets have significantly more. Jupiter for instance, has 79 known moons and may have one more.

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Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

NASA has announced that the Perseverance rover has completed testing the instruments on its robotic arm and is ready to get down to business. That business will see Perseverance testing rocks and dust for evidence of past life on the surface of the Red Planet. The rover has a seven-foot-long mechanical arm that has several instruments attached to the end.

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UC Berkeley scientists developed an ultrathin magnet only one atom thick

UC Berkeley scientists developed an ultrathin magnet only one atom thick

Scientists from the Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have developed a new ultrathin magnet recently detailed in the journal Nature Communications. The ultrathin magnet operates at room temperature, and researchers believe it could lead to applications for computing and electronics. Their new magnet opens the door to high-density, compact spintronic memory devices and potentially to new tools for studying quantum physics.

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