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New images reveal Ryugu is an oddly dust-free asteroid

New images reveal Ryugu is an oddly dust-free asteroid

A lander on the surface of Ryugu, a near-Earth asteroid, has shared new photos of the dark and rocky surface while highlighting new findings. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a lander called Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, on the asteroid’s surface in October 2018. Ryugu is a dark, spinning top-shaped asteroid…MORE

The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Here’s what that means for the environment

The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Here’s what that means for the environment

The Amazon rainforest is an ecological marvel. It’s twice the size of India, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and it’s the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world. It’s home to at least 10% of the world’s biodiversity, produces 20% of the world’s oxygen and helps regulate the temperature of the whole planet. Without…MORE

Scientists share new details about mysterious ‘ghost particle’

Scientists share new details about mysterious ‘ghost particle’

Neutrinos, so-called “ghost particles” scattered across the universe, can be 10 million times lighter than the mass of an electron, according to a new study. Neutrinos are referred to as ghostly because they are extremely volatile, or vaporous, cosmic particles that can pass through any kind of matter without changing. They have almost no mass…MORE

Newly discovered stegosaurus fossil is the oldest in the world

Newly discovered stegosaurus fossil is the oldest in the world

A few vertebrae and the upper arm bone of a previously unknown species of stegosaurus have been found in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. And despite the lack of a complete skeleton, scientists say that at 168 million years old it’s the oldest known stegosaurus yet found. In particular, the neck vertebrae and the…MORE

Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came

Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came

Although Mars seems cold and inhospitable today, it was a different story 3 billion to 4 billion years ago. A new study suggests that the Red Planet was once warm enough to host pouring rainstorms and flowing water, which would have created an environment that could support simple life. The knowledge of water on ancient…MORE

Europe is sending an alien-hunting camera to Mars

Europe is sending an alien-hunting camera to Mars

Are we truly alone in this universe? The Red Planet may only be a drop in our immense cosmos, but Mars has always been a key place of curiosity when it has come to alien life. Now a high-tech camera could solve the age-old question: is there — or has there ever been — life…MORE

Black hole gobbles up neutron star, causing ripples in space and time

Black hole gobbles up neutron star, causing ripples in space and time

In the same decade when gravitational waves and a neutron star merger have been observed, astronomers have now observed what they believe to be the first detection of a black hole swallowing a neutron star. Last Wednesday, gravitational wave detectors in Italy and the US, called LIGO and Virgo, detected telltale ripples in space and…MORE

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