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This new dinosaur is basically a Pokemon

Imagine this: a large, feathered reptile with bold stripes and a colorful, raccoon-like face. Sound like something you’d probably see roaming around the world of Pokemon, right? Well it’s real, or at least it was. It’s called a Sinosauropteryx, and it lived here on Earth some 126 million years ago. …

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Jupiter’s X-ray auroras pulse independently

The study, published today in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter’s south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. Meanwhile those at the north pole are erratic: increasing and decreasing in brightness, independent of the south pole. This behaviour is distinct from Earth’s north and south auroras …

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NASA evaluates coin-sized thermometer to characterize comets and earthbound asteroids

In two technology-development efforts, researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are baselining the use of a Goddard-designed infrared microbolometer camera—whose cross section is just slightly larger than a quarter—to study near primitive objects formed during the solar system’s origin 4.5 billion years ago. The multi-spectral instrument, …

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Three gas giant planets discovered by astronomers

WASP, short for Wide Angle Search for Planets, is an international consortium conducting an ultra-wide-angle search for exoplanets using the transit photometry method. The SuperWASP program employs two robotic observatories: SuperWASP-North at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in Canary Island, Spain, and SuperWASP-South, at the South African Astronomical Observatory, …

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Dozens of Octopuses Crawl From the Sea

Close There’s a mysterious octopus invasion taking place on the beaches of Western Britain—and it could be an unexpected consequence of the hurricane season. Brett Stones, who runs the SeaMôr dolphin-watching company in the Ceredigion area of Wales, saw around 25 octopuses climbing along the beach on Friday. He posted …

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NYC Most Vulnerable U.S. City Five Years After Sandy

Close Superstorm Sandy slammed the coasts of New Jersey and New York five years ago Sunday, leading to 157 deaths, 51 square miles of flooding in New York City alone and an estimated $50 billion in damage. On the anniversary of that catastrophe, researchers for Climate Central have ranked New …

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Thousands of Cave Paintings Discovered on Mona Island

Close A huge collection of rock art has been discovered in the deep, dark chambers of the cave systems on Puerto Rico’s Mona Island. The incredible collection was unveiled following three years of exploration and surveys by researchers from the U.K. and Puerto Rico. Researchers traveled into around 70 cave …

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Your Identity Can Be Revealed From Just Two Words

Close A forensic linguist has figured out a way to identify someone simply by analyzing a couple of words taken from an email the person wrote. David Wright from Britain’s Nottingham Trent University began researching language patterns to address challenges involved in identifying people from evidence in court proceedings. The …

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Pesticides On Fruit Linked With Decreased Fertility

Close The pesticides found on fruits and vegetables could affect a couple’s fertility, a new study published Monday suggested. Fresh spinach, peaches, plums and sweet peppers had some of the highest amounts of pesticides among the fruits and vegetables included in the study. Whether or not pesticides affect fertility has …

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