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First Global Map of Titan Reveals a Truly Alien World

Using data gathered by NASA’s Cassini probe, scientists have compiled the first global geologic map of Saturn’s enigmatic moon Titan. The new map reveals a world that’s distinctly familiar, yet completely foreign at the same time. Read More >>

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites Are Already Causing a Headache for Astronomers

Astronomers at a Chilean observatory were rudely interrupted earlier this week when a SpaceX satellite train consisting of 60 Starlink satellites drifted overhead, in what scientists are apparently going to have to accept as the new normal. Read More >>

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Stunning Fossil Discovery Uncovers the Second-Most Primitive Flying Bird

Palaeontologists in Japan have uncovered the fossilised remains of a 120-million-year-old flying dinosaur that’s seriously shaking up the bird family tree. Read More >>

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China May Be Concealing Organ Harvesting Through Fake Donation Data, Scientists Report

China has been using an equation to produce fake organ donation data, according to researchers who used a forensic technique that sniffs out suspicious patterns in statistical datasets. Read More >>

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The First Batch of Data from NASA’s Sun-Visiting Probe Is Now Available to the Public

NASA’s daring mission to kiss the Sun is now into its 15th month, with the Parker Solar Probe steadily drawing closer to our host star with each passing orbit. Data gathered by the probe during its first two stellar flybys is now available online, with NASA making it “available for interested public users to manipulate, analyse, and plot in any way they choose.” Read More >>

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The Location for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Even More Intriguing Than We Realised

Satellite observations of Jezero crater on Mars, the chosen landing site for NASA’s next rover mission, have revealed evidence of minerals that are exceptionally good at preserving traces of ancient life, making this an even better place to send the rover than initially thought. Read More >>

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How This Decade of Archaeology Changed What We Know About Human Origins

Unlike humans living today, our distant ancestors exerted a very small footprint on the planet, leaving barely anything behind to chronicle their time on Earth. With the discovery of each new skull fragment, femur, and stone tool, however, archaeologists are methodically piecing together the fractured history of our species and other hominins closely related to us. Read More >>

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Japan’s Asteroid Probe Is Finally Returning to Earth With Its Precious Cargo

The Japanese space agency has declared an end to the exploratory phase of the Hayabusa2 mission. Beginning tomorrow, the overachieving spacecraft will leave Ryugu and head back to Earth, bringing – hopefully – its asteroid samples along with it. Read More >>

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Promising Plant Sciences Breakthrough Could Lead to Photosynthesis 2.0

By solving a complex protein structure, biologists have unlocked a critical mechanism in plants that could lead to improvements in how photosynthesis works, and by consequence, greater crop yields. Read More >>

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Japan to Reinvent Fukushima as a Renewable Energy Hub

Plans have been announced to convert abandoned areas in Fukushima to a renewable energy hub, a scheme that will involve the construction of new solar plants, wind farms, and a power transmission grid that will feed Tokyo with electricity. Read More >>

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Stingray-Shaped Probes Could Explore Venus’s Atmosphere

Researchers with the University at Buffalo in the US state of New York are working on a conceptual design that would see a morphing aircraft explore the skies above Venus, including its elusive “dark side.” Read More >>

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‘Lost’ Species of Mouse-Deer Spotted in Vietnam After 30 Years

Using dozens of motion-activated camera traps, conservationists in Vietnam have captured photographic evidence of the silver-backed chevrotain – an impossibly adorable deer-like creature that hadn’t been seen since 1990. Read More >>

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A 15,000-Year-Old Trap for Catching Woolly Mammoths Has Been Discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists working at a site near Mexico City have unearthed a 15,000-year-old trap built by humans to capture mammoths, in what’s the first discovery of its kind. Read More >>

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Stunned Fishermen Rescue a Deer Swimming 5 Miles off the U.S. Coast

In a fish tale like no other, a crew of lobstermen pulled in young deer that somehow managed to swim a whopping 5 miles (8 kilometres) from shore. Read More >>

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Ancient Apes May Have Learned to Walk Upright in the Trees

Scientists in Germany have discovered the fossilised remains of a previously unknown ancient ape with an unusual way of moving through the treetops. By standing upright on two feet and grasping branches with its long arms, this animal may have set an important evolutionary precedent for the bipedal primates that followed. Read More >>