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  • Astronomers release new all-sky map of Milky Way's outer reaches
    on April 22, 2021 at 2:22 am

    The highlight of the new chart is a wake of stars, stirred up by a small galaxy set to collide with the Milky Way. The map could also offer a new test of dark matter theories.

  • NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight
    on April 19, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    The small rotorcraft made history, hovering above Jezero Crater, demonstrating that powered, controlled flight on another planet is possible.

  • Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the Cretaceous
    on April 16, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their […]

  • COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection
    on April 16, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Scientists have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers' understanding of factors that affect disease severity […]

  • Hidden magma pools pose eruption risks that we can't yet detect
    on April 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Volcanologists' ability to estimate eruption risks is largely reliant on knowing where pools of magma are stored, deep in the Earth's crust. But what happens if the magma can't be spotted?

  • A new super-Earth detected orbiting a red dwarf star
    on April 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Researchers report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting the star GJ 740, a red dwarf star situated some 36 light years from Earth.

  • New CRISPR technology offers unrivaled control of epigenetic inheritance
    on April 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Scientists have figured out how to modify CRISPR's basic architecture to extend its reach beyond the genome and into what's known as the epigenome -- proteins and small molecules that latch onto DNA and control when and where genes are switched on […]

  • Scientists generate human-monkey chimeric embryos
    on April 15, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Researchers have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time -- up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into […]

  • How many T. rexes were there? Billions
    on April 15, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    With fossils few and far between, paleontologists have shied away from estimating the size of extinct populations. But scientists decided to try, focusing on the North American predator T. rex. Using data from the latest fossil analyses, they […]

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