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Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust

“Super-Earths” and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. Observing a sampling of young stars in a star-forming region in the constellation Taurus, researchers found many of them to be surrounded by structures ...

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Astronomers Have Found the Universe’s Missing Matter

Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It’s been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the “ordinary” matter in the cosmos—stars and planets and gas, anything made out of atomic parts. (This isn’t “dark matter,” which remains a wholly separate enigma.) They had ...

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A Chinese Pharmacist Found Out He Had Cancer. Then He Vanished.

A Chinese Pharmacist Found Out He Had Cancer. Then He Vanished. Image Liao Mandong and her husband, Tang Chunwu, in Zhangjiajie, China, looking for their son, Tang Gongwei, a pharmacist who disappeared after learning he had stomach cancer. Millions in China cannot afford treatments for serious illnesses, and insurance coverage ...

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High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish

A new study sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study, published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science, found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic — one of the highest levels ...

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Genes that separate humans from fruit flies found

Genes which determine animal complexity — or what makes humans so much more complex than a fruit fly or a sea urchin — have been identified for the first time. The secret mechanism for how a cell in one animal can be significantly more complex than a similar cell in ...

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Jill Tarter Never Found Aliens—But Her Successors Might

In December 2016, three generations of women astronomers joined me for a phone call. Debra Fischer, Natalie Batalha, and Margaret Turnbull have dedicated their careers to comprehending planets beyond the solar system, the signs of microbial life that might be on those planets, or both of those out-there topics. We ...

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