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  • Comet discovered to have its own northern lights
    on September 21, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora, data reveal. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon.

  • Ancient volcanoes once boosted ocean carbon, but humans are now far outpacing them
    on September 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    A new study of an ancient period that is considered the closest natural analog to the era of modern human carbon emissions has found that massive volcanism sent great waves of carbon into the oceans over thousands of years -- but that nature did not […]

  • Possible marker of life spotted on Venus
    on September 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Astronomers have discovered a rare molecule -- phosphine -- in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments. Astronomers have speculated for decades that high clouds on […]

  • New Hubble data suggests there is an ingredient missing from current dark matter theories
    on September 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Recent observations have found that something may be missing from the theories of how dark matter behaves. This missing ingredient may explain why researchers have uncovered an unexpected discrepancy between observations of the dark matter […]

  • High-fidelity record of Earth's climate history puts current changes in context
    on September 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Scientists have compiled a continuous, high-fidelity record of variations in Earth's climate extending 66 million years into the past. The record reveals four distinctive climate states, which the researchers dubbed Hothouse, Warmhouse, Coolhouse, […]

  • How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe
    on September 10, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Early interventions were effective at stamping out coronavirus infections before they spread, according to a new study. Combining virus genomics with epidemiologic simulations and travel records, the research shows that in both the United States and […]

  • COVID-19 study links strict social distancing to much lower chance of infection
    on September 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of testing positive with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while practicing strict social distancing is […]

  • Unconscious learning underlies belief in God, study suggests
    on September 9, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, according to neuroscientists.

  • Process that might have led to first organic molecules
    on September 8, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    New research identifies a process that might have been key in producing the first organic molecules on Earth about 4 billion years ago, before the origin of life. The process, which is similar to what might have occurred in some ancient underwater […]

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