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Eerie Footage Captures Elusive Deep-Sea Squid Near Australia For The First Time - ScienceAlert
The bigfin squid (Magnapinna) is one of the most elusive creatures that we know.

These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals - The New York Times
An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

First ever 'space selfie,' other rare photographs going up for auction - New York Post
The only photo of Neil Armstrong on the moon, and the first ever “space selfie,” are going up for auction alongside thousands of other rare photographs from the “golden age”…

Researchers trap electrons to create elusive crystal -
Like restless children posing for a family portrait, electrons won't hold still long enough to stay in any kind of fixed arrangement.

Tree rings may hold clues to impacts of distant supernovas on Earth -
Massive explosions of energy happening thousands of light-years from Earth may have left traces in our planet's biology and geology, according to new research by University of Colorado Boulder geoscientist Robert Brakenridge.

We knew platypuses were incredible. Now we know they glow, too - National Geographic
The fur of the platypus glows under a blacklight—a finding that raises questions about its role in these strange mammals.

Fireball-fueled Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks tonight. How to watch - CNET
It's not the biggest of the year, but it can be among the most fiery.

A comparative genomics multitool for scientific discovery and conservation -
A whole-genome alignment of 240 phylogenetically diverse species of eutherian mammal—including 131 previously uncharacterized species—from the Zoonomia Project provides data that support biological discovery, medical research and conservation.

Physicists Pin Down Nuclear Reaction From Moments After the Big Bang - Quanta Magazine
The newly-measured rate of a key nuclear fusion process from the Big Bang matches the picture of the universe 380,000 years later.

Jim Bridenstine is leaving NASA. How should we assess his 30-month tenure? - Ars Technica
“I think he’s exceeded anyone’s expectations in the position.”

“Violent Drag of Dark Matter”– Is Turning Up the Thermostat of the Universe - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel
“As the universe evolves, gravity pulls dark matter and gas in space together into galaxies and clusters of galaxies,”  said Yi-Kuan Chiang, a research fellow at The Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics. “The drag is violent—so…

Announcing the 2020 AGU Union Medal, Award, and Prize Recipients - Eos
AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients in December at an online celebration during Fall Meeting 2020.

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