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First giant planet around white dwarf discovered by scientists - Fox News
For the very first time, scientists have found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star.
https://www.foxnews.com/science/first-gi...


Mars rover hopes to grab a piece of history - BBC News
British engineers test technologies that will be needed to bring samples of Martian rock to Earth.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environ...


NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Unlocking the Sun’s Mysteries - The New York Times
Scientists working with the solar diving mission have released the spacecraft’s first batch of findings.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/scien...


Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests - Science Magazine
Selection against bullies may have caused significant changes in the way our species looks
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/...


You Cannot Conceive of the Hugeness of This Black Hole - Gizmodo
Oh my, this recently discovered black hole... well, it’s big.
https://gizmodo.com/you-cannot-conceive-...


Bye-bye, birdie: Study finds North American birds getting smaller - Reuters
Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-scien...


The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth - WIRED
Rising temperatures in the northern polar cap are driving extreme heat, drought, and sea level rise in the continental US, a study says.
https://www.wired.com/story/the-arctic-i...


Mice Were Kept in the Dark for One Week – Their Brain Cell Networks Rewired and Hearing Sensitivity Changed - SciTechDaily
University of Maryland researchers showed sight deprivation changes how groups of neurons work together and alters their sensitivity to different frequencies. Scientists have known that depriving adult mice of vision can increase the sensitivity of individual…
https://scitechdaily.com/mice-were-kept-...


Climate Models Have Been Right For Decades - Gizmodo
Scientists have for decades created accurate models to predict the future impacts of global warming, a new study has found.
https://earther.gizmodo.com/climate-mode...


Researchers discover stress in early life extends lifespan - Phys.org
Some stress at a young age could actually lead to a longer life, new research shows.
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-stress-ear...


Standard compression algorithm could revolutionize physical and biological computations, researchers say - Phys.org
Entropy, a measure of the molecular disorder or randomness of a system, is critical to understanding a system's physical composition. In complex physical systems, the interaction of internal elements is unavoidable, rendering entropy calculation a computation…
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-standard-c...


Why the Great Auk Is Gone for Good - The New York Times
New research finds that the extinction of this flightless bird was completely our fault.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/scien...


A massive waterfall formed on Greenland's ice sheet. Here's why it matters - CNN
What may have been the world's tallest waterfall briefly formed on Greenland's ice sheet last year, draining a meltwater lake of 5 million cubic meters of water -- equivalent to 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools -- in just five hours.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/OR/...


Saturn's moon Titan could give new insights into life on Earth - Fox News
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has several odd weather patterns, including multi-decade polar vortexes and dust storms. A new study has revealed there is a significant difference in the amount of solar energy it absorbs and the thermal energy it emits during i…
https://www.foxnews.com/science/saturns-...


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