Month: July 2022

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Europe’s last pandas were giant weaklings who couldn’t even eat bamboo

An artist’s interpretation of the new species of European panda. (Image credit: © Velizar Simeonovski, Chicago) (opens in new tab) A pair of fossil teeth in a museum collection recently revealed when pandas last roamed Europe.  When researchers examined the teeth, which had been kept in storage for around 40 years, they discovered that the …

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Scientists Study Inner Ear to Determine Beginnings of Mammals

Scientists Study Inner Ear to Determine Beginnings of Mammals

Mammals can produce their own body heat and control their body temperatures. This process is known as endothermy or warm-bloodedness. Scientists believe that it may be the reason why mammals likely rule almost every ecosystem. Warm-blooded mammals are more active than cold-blooded animals. They can live in different environments, from the frozen arctic to the …

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Woman wearing a dress with a design depicting a james web space telescope photograph

James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st stunning photo is now a dress

The clearest and most detailed image of the distant universe ever taken, captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), was released on July 11, 2022.  This image, dubbed Webb’s First Deep Field, captures a scene brimming with the oldest galaxies scientists have ever seen. Now, this groundbreaking image is being celebrated through fashion. Since …

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Can turtles really breathe through their butts?

Can turtles really breathe through their butts?

Can this turtle breathe through its “backdoor”? (Image credit: Shutterstock) Everyone knows that most mammals breathe through the mouth and nose. Frogs, meanwhile, can breathe through their skin. But what about turtles? How do these hard-shelled critters get oxygen? You may have heard a strange rumor that turtles can breathe through their butts. But is …

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NASA Mars Sample Return Benefits of Space Station Research

This Week @NASA: Mars Sample Return, Benefits of Space Station Research and Development

The benefits of space station research and development … Refining the architecture for the Mars Sample Return mission … And test firing a solid-rocket booster for our mega Moon rocket … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! The Benefits of Space Station Research and Development The 11th …

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This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even more wack. Scientists have measured the mass of a neutron star named PSR J0952-0607, and found that it’s the most massive neutron star discovered yet, clocking in at a whopping 2.35 times the mass of the Sun.   If true, this is …

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Debris From Uncontrolled Chinese Rocket Falls Over Southeast Asian Seas

Debris From Uncontrolled Chinese Rocket Falls Over Southeast Asian Seas

Debris from a large Chinese rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean at 12:45 p.m. Eastern time, according to the U.S. Space Command. In an update posted on the social networking site Weibo, the Chinese Manned Space Agency said most of the debris had burned up on re-entry over the Sulu Sea, a body …

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25-ton Chinese rocket debris crashes to Earth over Indian Ocean

A big piece of Chinese space junk has crashed back to Earth. The 25-ton (22.5 metric tons) core stage of a Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean this afternoon (July 30), ending its brief but controversial orbital stay. “#USSPACECOM can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B …

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