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The solar discs that could beam power from space - BBC News
Space-based power stations are turning from an idle dream into a serious engineering prospect, as scientists hope they can take renewable energy into orbit.

This year's incredible British Ecological Society photography competition winners - CNN
Images of a jumping spider, an elusive gecko and battling birds are among a selection of amazing photos to have been picked in this year's British Ecological Society photography competition.

Government Model Suggests U.S. COVID-19 Cases Could Be Approaching 100 Million - NPR
Government scientists estimate that the true number of coronavirus infections is eight times the reported number of 12.5 million, meaning "most of the country remains at risk," the team reports.

Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time - Engadget
Scientists have detected neutrinos traced to star fusion for the first time, confirming physics theories dating back to the 1930s.

Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds - The Guardian
Report suggests tree growth will not store nearly as much carbon as scientists hoped

Biology Textbooks Wrong? New Research Reveals the Secret Behind a Key Cellular Process - SciTechDaily
For the first time, researchers describe how Rho protein really stops gene expression. New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now — precisely how the copying of g…

‘Feedback Loop’ in Central East Asia Threatens Disturbing Changes to Mongolia's Climate - Gizmodo
A review of weather patterns in inner East Asia over the past 260 years suggests the region is currently caught in a dangerous cycle of heatwaves and droughts that could forever reshape the area, and possibly turn the Mongolian Plateau into an arid wasteland.

New Hubble data explains missing dark matter -
New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides further evidence for tidal disruption in the galaxy NGC 1052-DF4. This result explains a previous finding that this galaxy is missing most of its dark matter. By studying the galaxy's light and globul…

European Space Agency signs $102 million deal to bring space trash home - New York Post
BERLIN — The European Space Agency says it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract with a Swiss start-up company to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth. The agency said …

Neanderthal thumbs better adapted to holding tools with handles -
Neanderthal thumbs were better adapted to holding tools in the same way that we hold a hammer, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports. The findings suggest that Neanderthals may have found precision grips—where objects are held between the tip o…

Periodic table: scientists propose new way of ordering the elements - The Conversation UK
New research suggests ordering the elements by atomic radius and ability to attract electrons.

A Thanksgiving sun treat: Big sunspot rotates into view -
But don't look at the sun directly unless you have special equipment.

Ancient Earth had a thick, toxic atmosphere like Venus—until it cooled off and became liveable - Science X
Earth is the only planet we know contains life. Is our planet special? Scientists over the years have mulled over what factors are essential for, or beneficial to, life. The answers will help us identify other potentially inhabited planets elsewhere in the g…

A very space Thanksgiving for 2020: Here's what astronauts will eat in space (video) -
Japanese and American food are on the space station's holiday menu.

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