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Pandemic Advances Scientific Understanding Of Viruses' Air Transmission

Monday, December 28, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists this year made significant progress in understanding how respiratory viruses can be transmitted from one person to another through the air.

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Out Of This World: 2020's Amazing Achievements In Space

Monday, December 28, 2020

This has been a tough year for pretty much everyone on Earth. But things have been going much better in space. One of the big milestone was for NASA and the commercial company SpaceX.

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Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Ice is usually ephemeral; it doesn't last that long before melting. But some ice on our planet has stayed frozen for millions of years, according to scientists on a quest to find the oldest ice.

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For Scientists Who Study Virus Transmission, 2020 Was A Watershed Year

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The emergence of COVID-19 started scientists on a yearlong crash course to learn how the coronavirus might travel through the air and how to stop it. They learned a lot, and quickly.

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Star Of 'Contact' And 'GoldenEye,' Arecibo Telescope Collapses In Puerto Rico

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

A historic telescope collapsed in Puerto Rico. The enormous Arecibo telescope made scientific discoveries and has been featured in movies. Its collapse is an emotional blow for many Puerto Ricans.

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For Rats That Coat Themselves In Poison, These Rodents Are Surprisingly Cuddly

Friday, November 27, 2020

The African crested rat's fuzzy fur has hairs loaded with a poison that can purportedly fell an elephant. But these rats turn out to be social, affectionate creatures.

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Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch-Black After All

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source such as stars or galaxies.

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A NASA Probe Is So Full of Asteroid Material That It Now Has A Problem

Friday, October 23, 2020

A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect rocks from an asteroid seems to have nabbed a lot of material, but there's now an unexpected problem — a flap isn't closing because some rocks are stuck.

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A NASA Spacecraft Successfully Touched Down On A Rocky Asteroid

Monday, October 19, 2020

NASA has collected and is returning its first sample from an asteroid. The rocks and dust could help us understand potentially dangerous space rocks and the history of the solar system.

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A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Twinkie stored in a basement for eight years has been transformed by fungi, giving scientists something unusual to ponder and probe.

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Pluto Has White-Capped Mountains, But Not Because There's Snow

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mountains on Pluto look strikingly similar to white-capped peaks on Earth, but these cold, alien mountains got whitened in a completely different way.

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2 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Genome Editing Research

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded for research into "rewriting the code of life." Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the U.S. are the laureates.

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As Disasters Roil Earth, A New Sun Cycle Promises Calmer Weather — In Space

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The sun can affect people's electronics, the power grid and communications and navigation systems. But scientists predict that for the next decade or so, the sun's activity will not be too disruptive.

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A Possible Sign Of Life Right Next Door To Earth, On Venus

Monday, September 14, 2020

Scientists have found a gas associated with living organisms in a region of Venus' atmosphere. They can't figure out how it got there if it didn't come from life.

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The Hubble Space Telescope Still Works Great — Except When It Doesn't

Monday, September 07, 2020

None of us is perfect, and sometimes the Hubble Space Telescope just flat-out points to the wrong spot in the sky. This has been happening more than ever in the last couple of years.

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Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix

Thursday, September 03, 2020

There's a lot that scientists don't know about how viral infections can interact. But researchers are eager to figure out how coronavirus infections might affect flu infections and vice versa.

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Where Did Earth's Water Come From?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Scientists have long debated whether the Earth's water was here when the planet formed or whether it arrived later. A study suggests much of the water originated in rocks from which Earth is built.

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Water, Water, Every Where — And Now Scientists Know Where It Came From

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Some unusual meteorites suggest that Earth got its water at its start, rather than forming dry and being watered by comets later on.

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From Southern Hemisphere, Hints That U.S. May Be Spared Flu On Top Of COVID-19

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

So far this year, flu infections are way down in the Southern Hemisphere. Scientists want to know why — and what it means for the Northern Hemisphere as their flu season looms.

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Coronavirus Safety Precautions Make Influenza Nearly Disappear In Southern Hemisphere

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Scientists say influenza has almost disappeared in the Southern Hemisphere due to COVID-19 precautions, suggesting the Northern Hemisphere may avoid the double whammy of the coronavirus and flu.

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