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The physics of solar flares could help scientists predict imminent outbursts

Space weather forecasting is a guessing game. Predictions of outbursts from the...

Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom...

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit...

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Fossil fuel use may emit 40 percent more methane than we thought

Using fossil fuels releases much more of the potent greenhouse gas methane than previously thought — possibly 25 to 40 percent more,...

This is the oldest known string. It was made by a Neandertal

In a new twist on Neandertals’ Stone Age accomplishments, our close evolutionary relatives wound bark fibers into strings that could have been...

Bright yellow spots help some orb weaver spiders lure their next meal

Many orb weaver spiders sport yellowish stripes or spots on their undersides, and for a good reason. That color yellow tempts bees...

Australia’s wildfires have now been linked to climate change

Human-caused climate change made southeastern Australia’s devastating wildfires during 2019–2020 at least 30 percent more likely to occur, researchers report in a...

Red giant stars that eat planets might shine less brightly

When giant stars eat giant planets, their starlight may shine a bit less brightly. That dimming could affect how astronomers measure distances...

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Interstellar comet Borisov has an unexpected amount of carbon monoxide

Second visitor from the stars has three times the CO relative to H2O than any local comets Comet 2I/Borisov,...

‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

Once you look at trees through the eyes of a dendrochronologist, you never quite see the leafy wonders the same way again....

Coronavirus and technical issues delay a Mars mission’s launch

A joint European and Russian mission to Mars is being postponed from July until sometime in 2022, as the coronavirus pandemic is...