Space changed gut bacteria of these twin astronauts

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Researchers studying the gut microbes of Scott and Mark Kelly, NASA astronauts and identical twin brothers, have found that spaceflight causes changes, but it’s not clear what the changes mean. The research is one of...
Pluto and Charon

New Horizons spacecraft is three months from the first-ever close up images of Pluto

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Pluto, the space body we all saw as the ninth planet, is so far from us that we never had a good picture of it. Although Voyager spacecrafts are now far away and out...

The Birth of Monsters

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ESO’s VISTA survey telescope has spied a horde of previously hidden massive galaxies that existed when the Universe was in its infancy. By discovering and studying more of these galaxies than ever before, astronomers...

Was Mars once a land of lakes?

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The long-standing mantra about Mars has been to follow the water. But scientists have gone beyond that in an attempt to figure out where the water came from and how long it lasted. A new...

Zika virus ‘is about as scary as it gets’

The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has been...

The Solar Orbiter makes its first flight over Venus

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The Solar Orbiter of the European Space Agency (ESA) has just carried out its first flight over Venus without problems. It happened at 12:39 GMT on December 27th, 2020. As the distance to Earth...

The Real Cost of Our Increasing Energy Consumption

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Making the world a better, healthier, and more sustainable place for future generations is certainly no easy task; if you’re researching environmental law programs, you’ve taken the first step toward making a difference. There...

Mom’s health takes back seat when adult child is sick

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Older mothers with seriously ill adult children may find it necessary to continue to provide care at a time when they would normally expect to start getting care from others. It’s a situation that can...

Index gives Earth only 82% chance of being ‘habitable’

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We know the Earth is habitable because—well, here we are. But would it look like a good candidate for life from hundreds of light-years away? Good, but perhaps not great, says astronomer Rory Barnes of...

Low vitamin D speeds up cognitive decline

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Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D may experience cognitive decline at a much faster rate than people who have adequate vitamin D, a new study suggests. We obtain vitamin D—known for its importance...
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