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Scientists Identify a Possible Source for Red Cap on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

Scientists Identify a Possible Source for Red Cap on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

Southwest Research Institute scientists combined data from NASA’s New Horizons mission with novel laboratory experiments and exospheric modeling to reveal the likely composition of the red cap on Pluto’s moon Charon and how it may have formed. New findings suggest drastic seasonal surges in Charon’s thin atmosphere combined with light breaking down the condensing methane …

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Scientists unveil bionic robo-fish to remove microplastics from seas

Scientists have designed a tiny robot-fish that is programmed to remove microplastics from seas and oceans by swimming around and adsorbing them on its soft, flexible, self-healing body. Microplastics are the billions of tiny plastic particles which fragment from the bigger plastic things used every day such as water bottles, car tyres and synthetic T-shirts. …

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Demodex folliculorum Mite on Skin

Microscopic Mites That Mate on Our Faces at Night May Soon Become One With Humans

Image showing Demodex folliculorum mite on skin under Hirox microscope. Credit: University of Reading The secret lives of mites in the skin of our faces. First ever full DNA analysis of mites that live in the hair follicles of all humans reveals explanations for their bizarre mating habits, body features and evolutionary future. Microscopic mites …

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Red Hypergiant Star VY Canis Majoris

Watching the Violent Death of a Rare, Extreme Supergiant Star

Artist’s impression of the red hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. Located about 3,009 light-years from Earth, VY Canis Majoris is possibly the most massive star in the Milky Way. Credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble / R. Humphreys, University of Minnesota / J. Olmsted, STScI / hubblesite.org By tracing molecular emissions in the outflows around …

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Skin Mites That Mate on Our Faces at Night Are Slowly Merging With Humans

Skin Mites That Mate on Our Faces at Night Are Slowly Merging With Humans

If you are reading this, you are probably not alone. Most people on Earth are habitats for mites that spend the majority of their brief lives burrowed, head-first, in our hair follicles, primarily of the face. In fact, humans are the only habitat for Demodex folliculorum. They are born on us, they feed on us, …

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The idea of eight-legged mites that have sex on your face while you sleep may sound like a concept from the latest horror blockbuster. But the creatures are very much real and are becoming such simplified organisms that they may soon 'become one with humans,' according to a new study

Meet the mites that have sex on your face and nipples while you sleep

The idea of eight-legged mites that have sex on your face and nipples while you sleep may sound like a concept from the latest horror blockbuster. But the creatures are very much real and are becoming such simplified organisms that they may soon ‘become one with humans,’ according to a new study. Demodex folliculorum mites …

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The Mites That Live and Breed on Your Face Have Anuses, Genome Study Finds

The Mites That Live and Breed on Your Face Have Anuses, Genome Study Finds

An illustration of Demodex folliculorum. Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists have finally unraveled the genetic secrets of humanity’s coziest roommates: Demodex folliculorum, also known as the skin mite. Among other things, the findings confirm that these mites actually do have anuses, contrary to previous speculation. They also indicate that the microscopic animals may not be as …

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