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Dinosaurs weren’t in decline before the asteroid hit the Earth

Dinosaurs weren’t in decline before the asteroid hit the Earth

A new analysis has been performed by researchers at the University of Bath and the Natural History Museum London that refutes the claim dinosaurs were in decline before the massive asteroid impact that led to the extinction of most species on Earth. The researchers believe that had the asteroid impact not happened, dinosaurs may have continued to dominate the Earth. At the time of the asteroid impact at the end of the Late Cretaceous period, dinosaurs were widespread globally.

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Researchers create diamonds at room temperature

Researchers create diamonds at room temperature

Making diamonds in nature requires an extremely long time to the tune of billions of years under vast amounts of pressure and extremely high temperatures. A group of researchers at the Australian National University and RMIT University have made two types of diamonds at room temperature. One of the diamonds the team created is the typical diamond type found in rings, and the other diamond is called Lonsdaleite.

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NASA’s first Mars rover with microphones sends back space sounds

NASA’s first Mars rover with microphones sends back space sounds

NASA's Perseverance rover is the space agency's first Mars rover equipped with microphones, enabling it to record sounds from beyond our planet. NASA intends to use one of these microphones to record the rover's landing on the Red Planet, but recently fired it up during the trip in space to get a 60-second recording.

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Missing-link Blue Ring Nebula could hold key to mystery merging stars

Missing-link Blue Ring Nebula could hold key to mystery merging stars

A head-scratching astronomical anomaly - and a thorn in the side to scientists trying to understand how the universe evolved - could have been explained, with a new theory identifying a missing link in one of the weirdest objects in the known galaxy. The Blue Ring Nebula shouldn't really exist, scientists concluded when it was spotted back in 2004, with its bizarre double-cone structure and a star at its center.

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Scientists discover a new mineral in Russia

Scientists discover a new mineral in Russia

Scientists from St. Petersburg University working with colleagues from other research institutions in Russia have studied the mineralogy of scoria cones and lava flows of fumaroles in Kamchatka. The objects were formed after a pair of major eruptions of the Tolbachik Volcano in 1975 through 1976 and 2012 through 2013. The area is considered unique for mineralogical diversity.

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Google’s Chimera Painter can create fantastical creatures automatically

Google’s Chimera Painter can create fantastical creatures automatically

Google has created a new machine learning model that can automatically create renderings from a user supplied creature outline. The trained machine learning model is called Chimera Painter. It's a machine learning model that can act as a paintbrush for a digital artist to reduce the amount of time required for creating high-quality art without impacting artistic choice.

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NASA wants you to vote for its proposed SXSW 2021 science panels

NASA wants you to vote for its proposed SXSW 2021 science panels

NASA has put out a call to the public requesting that they vote on its proposed science panels for the upcoming (and entirely online) South by Southwest (SXSW) 2021 event. The space agency has a long lineup of options, each focused on different aspects of the agency, space, and even DNA. There are only three days left to add your vote.

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Astronomers outline revival plan for a massive telescope on the moon

Astronomers outline revival plan for a massive telescope on the moon

A group of astronomers from the University of Texas at Austin believe that reviving an old NASA plan from a decade ago could solve a problem other telescopes are unable to tackle. The astronomers believe that the massive telescope would be able to study the first stars in the universe. Researchers in the project say that the James Webb Space Telescope will look back to a time when galaxies first formed.

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Harvard study finds big benefits to 12-minute bursts of exercise

Harvard study finds big benefits to 12-minute bursts of exercise

A new study from the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been published, and it found short bursts of physical exercise can have a significant impact on health. The research team describes in their paper that about 12 minutes of acute cardiopulmonary exercise affected more than 80 percent of circulating metabolites. Short bursts of exercise also impacted pathways linked to a wide range of favorable health outcomes identifying potential mechanisms that might contribute to a better understanding of cardiometabolic benefits of exercise.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the first commercial crew mission on Sunday, November 15, at 7:27 PM. At that time, the Falcon 9 rocket headed into orbit with the Crew Dragon and for astronauts aboard. NASA has announced that the Groom Dragon Resilience successfully docked with the ISS at 11:01 PM EST Monday.

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Scientists claim the solar system formed in less than 200,000 years

Scientists claim the solar system formed in less than 200,000 years

Often scientists talk about the cosmic timescale. For humans, a decade is often viewed as a long time. On a cosmic timescale, 10 years or even a hundred years is the blink of an eye. Cosmic timescales are measured in millions or billions of years. Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently announced that research indicates our solar system formed in less than 200,000 years.

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ESA Ariel mission heads to implementation phase

ESA Ariel mission heads to implementation phase

The European Space Agency has announced that the Atmospheric remote-sensing infrared exoplanet large-survey (Ariel) mission has moved from the study phase to the implementation phase. An industrial contractor will be selected to build the spacecraft. Ariel's mission is to study what exoplanets are made of and how they form and evolve.

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