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If you love space and love to explore it, there is no shortage of surprises right now.
Scientists have identified a mysterious diamond that seems to come from a dwarf planet that once existed in our solar system until it collided with a large asteroid 4.5 billion years ago.
Rare space diamonds aren’t the only discoveries that fascinate researchers. A ‘breathtaking’ image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope reveals the secrets of star formation in the Orion Nebula. Expect to see more of Webb’s unprecedented images in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the Artemis I mission’s new launch date is scheduled for September 27, with a 70-minute window starting at 11:37 AM ET.
And on Mars, exciting discoveries are underway as the Perseverance rover explores intriguing locations.
The Perseverance rover has made the most exciting discovery yet on Mars.
Perseverance eventually collected samples from an ancient river delta site filled with rock formations that serve as a geological record of Mars’ past. Some rocks contain the highest concentration of organic matter the rover has ever discovered, according to NASA scientists.
Among the organic matter are minerals that correlate with sulfate, providing evidence of a possible once habitable site on Mars and the potential to preserve microbial life that may have existed there. I have.
New photos show promising rocks in the delta exotic landscape. These key samples can answer the ultimate cosmic question: Are we alone in the universe?
Modern humans and Neanderthals coexisted until their ancient relatives went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Researchers now think they may have identified something that gave Homo sapiens a cognitive advantage over Stone Age hominins.
Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that could cause neurons to form faster in the modern human brain.
Study author Wieland Hattner, professor and director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, said:
However, some experts believe more research is needed to confirm the true effects of genes.
What is good for geese is also good for gander. These golden geese have brought some pretty big benefits.
Three teams of scientists have won the 2022 Golden Goose Awards. This award, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizes pioneering breakthroughs.
One of them is the Foldscope, a paper microscope that costs $1.75. Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash came up with the idea more than a decade ago on a research trip in the Thai jungle.
Scientific instruments have traveled around the world and researchers have used them to identify new types of cyanobacteria.
Mark your calendars: A NASA spacecraft will intentionally crash into a small asteroid on September 26th.
Launched in November, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft (DART) is on its way to a rendezvous with Dimorphos, a small moon orbiting an asteroid called Didymos.
The mission tweaks a non-threatening asteroid to change its speed and path in a first-of-its-kind test of dynamic impact. If DART is successful, it could demonstrate future ways to protect our planet from space debris.
A spacecraft recently caught its first glimpse of Didymus from about 20 million miles (32.2 million kilometers) away. On the day of our encounter, we meet Demorphos for the first time before DART crashes into space rock.
The Xerces Blue Butterfly, Floreana Giant Tortoise and Tasmanian Tiger are just a few of the species the world has lost to human threats.
Environmental and travel photographer Mark Schlossman displays specimens of endangered animals in the collection of the Field Museum in Chicago for his new book Extinction: Fragile Relationships with Life on Earth. has been recorded for 15 years.
Schlossmann offers a glimmer of hope at a time when biodiversity loss is accelerating. Of the 82 species photographed for the book, 23 are now extinct, he said.
Thanks to conservation efforts, the rest have either been brought back from the brink of extinction or, as in the case of New Zealand’s kakapo, can be recovered by ‘strong’ conservation efforts.
Take a closer look:
– One of Saturn’s moons grazed and shattered the gas giant 160 million years ago – this chaotic encounter could explain the origin of the planet’s distinctive rings.
– Food DNA from 6,000-year-old pottery found on the Isle of Lewis reveals that ancient Scots enjoyed a familiar breakfast.
– Spectators spotted an unusually slow-moving fireball in the Scottish night sky. The mysterious object could be a space rock or space debris.