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  • Did a nearby supernova cause one of Earth’s mass extinctions?
  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - Astronomers say radiation arriving from a powerful stellar explosion may be the event that wiped coastal ocean animals off the planet 2.6 million years ago.

  • Satellite view of penguin poo provides clues to Antarctica’s health
  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - By looking at satellite images of scat stains left by Adélie penguins, researchers are investigating the well-being of the Antarctic ecosystem, which now includes a massive, previously unknown penguin colony.

  • New lunar crater names honor Apollo 8
  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first mission to send men around the Moon.

  • Don't miss the Geminid meteor shower tonight!
  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - And if you're lucky enough to escape the clouds, you can expect to spot up to 120 meteors an hour under from a dark-sky site.

  • Virgin Galactic has launched its SpaceShipTwo into space
  • Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - After dropping from the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft at an altitude of 8 miles (13 km), SpaceShipTwo's hybrid rocket motor propelled the craft to an altitude of 50 miles (80 km). 

  • Physicists create ultra-hot drops of 'quark soup' that dominated the very early universe
  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT - By slamming small particles into heavy gold nuclei at nearly the speed of light, scientists have created tiny, ultra-hot droplets of a bizarre type of matter called a quark-gluon plasma (QGP), which once filled the entire universe shortly after the Big Bang. Creating such a 'quark soup' is a tough task in its own right; the first sample of QGP was produced less than two decades ago by smashing two heavy atoms together. But for this new study, which was carried out as part of the PHENIX experimen

  • Dwarf planet Ceres has lots of carbon
  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT -

    Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows that Ceres’ surface might have more than five times as much carbon as the most carbon-rich meteorites found on Earth.

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