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Genetic sequencing gives us the first-ever look at a Neanderthal clan

Genetic sequencing gives us the first-ever look at a Neanderthal clan

A Neanderthal skeleton on display in 2018 at the Musee de l’Homme in Paris. Researchers extracted DNA from bones found in Russia to learn more about how their communities were organized. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images A Neanderthal skeleton on display in 2018 at …

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Physics Experiments Spell Doom for Quantum ‘Collapse’ Theory | Quanta Magazine

Physics Experiments Spell Doom for Quantum ‘Collapse’ Theory | Quanta Magazine

If many measurements are made on such objects when they’re prepared in an identical manner, the wave function always correctly predicts the statistical distribution of outcomes. But there’s no way of knowing what the outcome of any single measurement will be — quantum mechanics offers only probabilities. What determines a specific observation? In 1932, the …

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From Comet Halley, Orionid meteor shower is most visible this week | CNN

From Comet Halley, Orionid meteor shower is most visible this week | CNN

CNN  —  One of nature’s most anticipated light shows is set to climax this week, as space debris and dust trails from the famous Comet Halley scatter across the night sky. The Orionids meteor shower is expected to peak at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 21, but will be best observed earlier in that …

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A map of the universe created by the WISE/NEOWISE mission.

Stunning time-lapse video reveals a decade in the life of the universe

Black holes gobbling gas, baby stars emerging within thick dust shrouds and old stars exploding in powerful supernovas: these are just a few of the types of events witnessed in a decade by NASA’s asteroid and comet explorer NEOWISE and released in a stunning new video. NASA‘s NEOWISE, or Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey …

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Scientists find first known Neanderthal family in Russian cave

Scientists find first known Neanderthal family in Russian cave

Comment on this story Comment Scientists have uncovered for the first time the remains of a closely related Neanderthal clan, including a family — a father and his daughter — in a Russian cave, offering a rare window into ancient times. The clan was discovered in one of the largest genetic studies of a Neanderthal …

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Webb Space Telescope’s Captures Incredible Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation

Webb Space Telescope’s Captures Incredible Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation

Near-Infrared Light Uncovers Vast Populations of Forming Stars, Many Still Encased in Dust James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera captured this glittering view of the Pillars of Creation – and it begs to be examined pixel by pixel. It is a stunning scene that may look both familiar and entirely new at the same time. …

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Scientists Transformed Pure Water Into a Metal, And There's Footage

Scientists Transformed Pure Water Into a Metal, And There’s Footage

Pure water is an almost perfect insulator. Yes, water found in nature conducts electricity – but that’s because of the impurities therein, which dissolve into free ions that allow an electric current to flow. Pure water only becomes “metallic” – electronically conductive – at extremely high pressures, beyond our current abilities to produce in a …

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Scientists Transformed Pure Water Into a Metal, And There's Footage

Scientists Transformed Pure Water Into a Metal, And There’s Footage

Pure water is an almost perfect insulator. Yes, water found in nature conducts electricity – but that’s because of the impurities therein, which dissolve into free ions that allow an electric current to flow. Pure water only becomes “metallic” – electronically conductive – at extremely high pressures, beyond our current abilities to produce in a …

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Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered ‘megatsunami,’ with mile-high waves

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered ‘megatsunami,’ with mile-high waves

Comment on this story Comment Sixty-six million years ago, a nearly nine-mile-wide asteroid collided with Earth, sparking a mass extinction that wiped out most dinosaurs and three-quarters of the planet’s plant and animal species. Now we’re learning that the so-called Chicxulub asteroid also generated a massive “megatsunami” with waves more than a mile high. A …

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