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Cuttlefish can pass the marshmallow test - Ars Technica
Cuttlefish that were better at self-control also performed better on learning tests.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/...


A 'space hurricane' hovered above the North Pole for about 8 hours, study says - USA TODAY
For the first time, scientists have spotted what they're calling a "space hurricane" spinning above the North Pole, according to a new study.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati...


“Locked” for 300 years: Virtual unfolding has now revealed this letter’s secrets - Ars Technica
Practice of intricately folding letters to secure them is known as "letterlocking."
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/...


NASA’s latest Mars rover has the same processor as an iMac from 1998 - The Verge
NASA’s Perseverance rover is a state-of-the-art piece of technology. The $2.7 billion machine actually shares a virtually identical processor as the 1998 iMac.
https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2021/3/2/2...


Renaissance-era letter sealed for centuries just virtually unfolded and read for the first time - Livescience.com
X-ray scans and digital reconstructions unlocked long-sealed documents.
https://www.livescience.com/sealed-renai...


New research indicates the whole universe could be a giant neural network - The Next Web
The core idea is deceptively simple: every observable phenomenon in the entire universe can be modeled by a neural network. And that means, by extension, the universe itself may be a neural network. Vitaly Vanchurin, a professor of physics at the University o…
https://thenextweb.com/neural/2021/03/02...


Astrophysicist's 2004 theory confirmed: Why the Sun's composition varies - Phys.org
About 17 years ago, J. Martin Laming, an astrophysicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, theorized why the chemical composition of the Sun's tenuous outermost layer differs from that lower down. His theory has recently been validated by combined observa…
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-astrophysi...


Rare Australian bee rediscovered after nearly a century - Livescience.com
It hadn't been seen since 1923 and was thought to be extinct.
https://www.livescience.com/rare-austral...


Simulations suggest Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere will last only another billion years - Phys.org
A pair of researchers from Toho University and NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science has found evidence, via simulation, that Earth will lose its oxygen-rich atmosphere in approximately 1 billion years. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscie…
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-simulation...


Painstaking study of 'Little Foot' fossil sheds light on human origins - NBC News
Sophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of an early human forerunner.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/VA/...


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope completes final functional tests to prepare for launch - Phys.org
February marked significant progress for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which completed its final functional performance tests at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. Testing teams successfully completed two important milestones that confirmed t…
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/TX/...


The slowing down of ocean currents could have a devastating effect on our climate - CNN
Remember the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," in which a catastrophic series of global disasters strike after climate change causes the world's ocean currents to stop?
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/world/cli...


Scientists discover giant, luminous deep-sea predator: Sharks that glow in the dark - Yahoo News
Among the three glowing sharks, the kitefin shark is now the largest-known luminous underwater creature.
https://news.yahoo.com/sharks-glow-dark-...


Crew-2 on schedule for April launch while next Starliner flight delayed - SpaceNews
NASA officials said March 1 that the next SpaceX commercial crew mission to the ISS is on schedule for late April, but a Boeing test flight will be delayed.
https://spacenews.com/crew-2-on-schedule...


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