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The unexpected science you missed from James Webb's first images

The unexpected science you missed from James Webb’s first images

On July 11th and 12th, 2022, humanity stepped into the future. This almost-perfectly-aligned image composite shows the first JWST deep field’s view of the core of cluster SMACS 0723 and contrasts it with the older Hubble view. Looking at the image details that are absent from the Hubble data but present in the JWST data …

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What Causes Autism? New Research Uncovers a Key Factor in Brain Development

The findings of this research reveal a significant component in the underlying causes of neural tube birth defects, intellectual disabilities, and autism risk. Researchers from Texas A&M College of Medicine have provided answers to important questions concerning how the neocortex develops, providing new information about the root causes of intellectual disabilities. A significant advancement in our understanding …

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Europe’s last pandas were giant weaklings who couldn’t even eat bamboo

An artist’s interpretation of the new species of European panda. (Image credit: © Velizar Simeonovski, Chicago) (opens in new tab) A pair of fossil teeth in a museum collection recently revealed when pandas last roamed Europe.  When researchers examined the teeth, which had been kept in storage for around 40 years, they discovered that the …

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Prehistoric Fossil Fishing at the Farm – Jurassic Marine World Unearthed in a Farmer’s Field

Jurassic fish called Pachycormus. Credit: Dean Lomax An exceptional prehistoric site containing the remains of animals that lived in a tropical sea has been discovered in a farmer’s field in Gloucestershire, England. Discovered beneath a field grazed by an ancient breed of English Longhorn cattle, the fossils are stunningly well preserved. Despite being approximately 183-million-year-old, …

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James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st stunning photo is now a dress

The clearest and most detailed image of the distant universe ever taken, captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), was released on July 11, 2022.  This image, dubbed Webb’s First Deep Field, captures a scene brimming with the oldest galaxies scientists have ever seen. Now, this groundbreaking image is being celebrated through fashion. Since …

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Can turtles really breathe through their butts?

Can turtles really breathe through their butts?

Can this turtle breathe through its “backdoor”? (Image credit: Shutterstock) Everyone knows that most mammals breathe through the mouth and nose. Frogs, meanwhile, can breathe through their skin. But what about turtles? How do these hard-shelled critters get oxygen? You may have heard a strange rumor that turtles can breathe through their butts. But is …

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South Korean spacecraft fueled for ride from Cape Canaveral to the moon – Spaceflight Now

South Korean spacecraft fueled for ride from Cape Canaveral to the moon – Spaceflight Now

The Korea Lunar Pathfinder Orbiter spacecraft undergoing testing in South Korea before shipment to Florida for launch preparations. Credit: KARI A South Korean spacecraft set for launch to the moon next week from Cape Canaveral has been loaded with the fuel it needs to maneuver into a low-altitude lunar orbit for image-taking and scientific observations. …

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This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even more wack. Scientists have measured the mass of a neutron star named PSR J0952-0607, and found that it’s the most massive neutron star discovered yet, clocking in at a whopping 2.35 times the mass of the Sun.   If true, this is …

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25-ton Chinese rocket debris crashes to Earth over Indian Ocean

A big piece of Chinese space junk has crashed back to Earth. The 25-ton (22.5 metric tons) core stage of a Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean this afternoon (July 30), ending its brief but controversial orbital stay. “#USSPACECOM can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B …

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