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This adorable possum is very sorry for wrecking an Australian professor's office

5 hours 50 min ago
Dr. Bree Blakeman thought someone had broken into her office when she first walked in on Monday. There was a hole in the ceiling and paintings and books all over the floor. Then Blakeman saw a possum cowering behind her computer. She believes the ...

Wax On, Wane Off: A Guide to All the Lunar Phases

5 hours 53 min ago
It's the brightest object in the night sky. Our moon is our closest planetary neighbor and has inspired countless astronauts to venture into space, been the muse of many writers and sparked the imaginations of science fiction writers around the world. We can ...

NASA launches in-depth snow study—first in 30 years

6 hours 20 sec ago
The last time NASA carried out an in-depth study of winter storms in the heavily populated Northeast, the Berlin Wall had just come down and George H.W. Bush occupied the White House. That changed in mid-January when a team led by University of ...

NASA's Kepler Witnesses Vampire Star System Undergoing Super-Outburst

6 hours 15 min ago
Astronomers searching archival data from NASA's Kepler exoplanet hunting mission identified a previously unknown dwarf nova that underwent a super-outburst, brightening by a factor of 1,600 times in less than a day. While the outburst itself has a ...

Polygraph lie detector tests: Can they really stop criminals reoffending?

6 hours 49 min ago
The UK government recently announced it was planning to increase the use of polygraphs to monitor offenders on probation, specifically those convicted of terrorist offenses. This is one of several new measures to prevent a repeat of the recent London Bridge ...

Police use Jason Bourne-style facial popularity cameras to search out lacking youngsters

6 hours 55 min ago
Police in London are set to roll out Jason Bourne-style facial popularity cameras to trace down lacking youngsters. Officials will be capable of upload prone kids to “watchlists” – and shall be notified if any of the hi-tech cameras spot them at the streets. Trials of ...

Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?

6 hours 59 min ago
he federal earned income tax credit mitigates the tax burden of low- to moderate-income families by providing a bigger tax refund. University of Illinois human development and family studies professor Karen Kramer was the lead author of a recent study that ...

Oldest known asteroid impact may have played role in ending ancient ice age

7 hours 23 sec ago
Isotopic analysis of minerals at the base of a heavily-eroded 70-kilometre-wide crater in Western Australia show the subsurface remnants date back 2.229 billion years, making it the oldest of roughly 190 known major impact structures. The analysis shows the ...

Living near a main road 'raises the risk of dementia by 14%'

7 hours 5 min ago
Living near a main road could raise a person's risk of dementia by 14%, research suggests. Scientists from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver analysed around 678,000 adults who resided in the surrounding area. READ MORE: Excessive ...

Jewellery coloured by reef's beauty

7 hours 18 min ago
A MOOLOOLABA teenager is making waves across local markets while promoting a message of sustainability with her range of coral reef-inspired jewellery. Alori Gapes, 18, handcrafts lightweight clay earrings that reflect the colours, patterns and beauty of ...

Why physicists are determined to prove Galileo and Einstein wrong

7 hours 29 min ago
In the 17th century, famed astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei is said to have climbed to the top of the Tower of Pisa and dropped two different-sized cannonballs. He was trying to demonstrate his theory — which Albert Einstein later updated and added to ...

Scientists have no idea why Betelgeuse is dimming

7 hours 29 min ago
Betelgeuse is a star that is destined to go supernova at the end of its life. When that happens, the explosion will be bright. The catch is that the supernova isn't expected to occur for tens of thousands of years. Despite the supernova being thousands upon ...

SpaceX Crew Dragon: how the next six months could democratize space travel

7 hours 31 min ago
After a shaky year for the Crew Dragon, SpaceX's human-carrying capsule finally appears to be firing on all cylinders. The capsule is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, which could end the agency's current ...

Snake stem cells used to create venom-producing organoids

7 hours 43 min ago
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: Cell Press; Summary: Organoids have become an important tool for studying many disease processes and testing potential drugs. Now, they are being used in a surprising and unexpected way: for the production of snake ...

Jewel beetles' sparkle helps them hide in plain sight

7 hours 43 min ago
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: Cell Press; Summary: Bright colors are often considered an evolutionary tradeoff in the animal kingdom. Yes, a male peacock's colorful feathers may help it attract a mate, but they also make it more likely to be seen by a ...

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to conclude mission in week

8 hours 25 min ago
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) — NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, having been exploring the universe in the infrared for over 16 years, will conclude its mission on Jan. 30, said NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Wednesday. Launched in 2003 ...

“Organoids” Reveal How Human Forebrain Develops

8 hours 29 min ago
Knowing how the human brain develops is critical to understanding how things can go awry in neurodevelopmental disorders, from intellectual disability and epilepsy to schizophrenia and autism. But between the fact that researchers cannot poke around ...

Scientists say the incredibly bright supernova was likely two stars

8 hours 53 min ago
Back in September of 2006, a star in the distant Perseus constellation exploded. When the star exploded, it was 50 billion times brighter than the Sun. For 70 days, the incredibly bright explosion grew brighter and brighter until it was ten times brighter than its ...

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity had an attitude problem. (But it's fine now.)

9 hours 14 min ago
An attitude problem sidelined NASA's Mars rover Curiosity recently, but the robot's handlers whipped it back into shape in short order. "Partway through its last set of activities, Curiosity lost its orientation. Some knowledge of its attitude was not quite right, so it ...

Fire at Firefly Aerospace interrupts rocket test

9 hours 22 min ago
Firefly Aerospace said Thursday that it is investigating a problem with a first-stage booster rocket that caused a fire during a test near Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. "There were no injuries and no significant damage to the facility," said Eric Salwan, Firefly's ...

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