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6h ago

On the hunt for meteorites, researchers look to a data-based 'treasure map'

Right now, Antarctic meteorite expeditions are more or less potluck: Many missions return, after much cost and no little danger, empty-handed. 
Collecting a meteorite on the Nansen blue ice area, close to the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth.
Collecting a meteorite on the Nansen blue ice area, close to the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth.
9h ago

‘Spooky’ object that unleashes periodic bursts of energy detected in Milky Way

The observation is what’s known as a radio transient, which refers to an object that periodically releases brief flashes of radio signals, as if it’s switching on and off in space.
This image shows a new view of the Milky Way from the Murchison Widefield Array, with the lowest frequencies in red, middle frequencies in green, and the highest frequencies in blue. The star icon shows the position of the mysterious repeating transient.
This image shows a new view of the Milky Way from the Murchison Widefield Array, with the lowest frequencies in red, middle frequencies in green, and the highest frequencies in blue. The star icon shows the position of the mysterious repeating transient.
14h ago

Meet Methuselah, the aquarium fish thought to be the world's oldest

The 4-foot-long, 40-pound Australian lungfish with a taste for fresh figs was brought to the California Academy of Sciences in 1938 from Australia.
Methuselah, a 4-foot-long, 40-pound Australian lungfish, rests at the bottom of its tank in San Francisco on Jan. 24, 2022.
Methuselah, a 4-foot-long, 40-pound Australian lungfish, rests at the bottom of its tank in San Francisco on Jan. 24, 2022.

Cannabis vs. Covid: Lab tests stoke interest but researchers urge caution

Many potential Covid treatments that showed promise in test tubes including hydroxychloroquine ultimately failed to show benefit for Covid patients.
Gill Geddry places fresh cuttings of a mother cannabis plant into a tray at CommCans in Medway, Mass., on Oct. 27, 2021.
Gill Geddry places fresh cuttings of a mother cannabis plant into a tray at CommCans in Medway, Mass., on Oct. 27, 2021.

Did eating meat make us human? New research casts some doubt

The findings add nuance to the “meat made us human” hypothesis and may be of interest to people who base their diet on the idea early humans were especially reliant on meat.
Image: Cow running on dirt path in crop field
Image: Cow running on dirt path in crop field
2d ago

New space telescope reaches final stop million miles out

The James Webb telescope will enable astronomers to peer back further in time than ever before, all the way to when the first stars and galaxies were forming 13.7 billion years ago.
The James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe's Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Dec. 25, 2021.
The James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe's Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Dec. 25, 2021.

Wildlife YouTuber discovers new species of tarantula

JoCho Sippawat, known for his videos about Thailand's wildlife, discovered the first known tarantula to live exclusively inside bamboo stalks.
The tarantula Taksinus bambus in its habitat.
The tarantula Taksinus bambus in its habitat.
5d ago

French physicists developed a bubble that didn't burst for more than a year

Researchers from the University of Lille said their sphere lasted for 465 days.
Soap bubbles.
Soap bubbles.

Patient beware: Some states are still pushing outdated Covid treatments

Use of newly ineffective antibody therapies that don't work against the omicron variant is highest in a dozen states.
Image: An intravenous bag used to administer the Regen-Cov monoclonal antibody treatment.
Image: An intravenous bag used to administer the Regen-Cov monoclonal antibody treatment.

Archaeologists find previously unknown structures among Machu Picchu's ruins

Laser-equipped drones have helped archaeologists uncover previously unknown parts of the sprawling ruins.
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
6d ago

Early treatment could help ease peanut allergies in young kids, study says

More research is needed to determine how long the impact of the treatment could last, a study co-author said.
Image: Peanuts
Image: Peanuts

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