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Why some dinosaurs had such long necks - CNN
The largest animals to ever walk the Earth were sauropods -- long-necked dinosaurs that could grow the length of three school buses. Their huge size was likely a response to a shift in climate 180 million years ago, new research suggests.

'Dueling dinosaurs' fossils show Triceratops, T. rex, may have died after a battle - msnNOW
About 67 million years ago, a Triceratops horridus and a Tyrannosaurus rex died and were quickly buried together side by side in a single grave. It's the kind of showdown scientists have speculated about for years. The fossils go on dislay in 2022.

Study Maps The Odd Structural Similarities Between The Human Brain And The Universe - ScienceAlert
One fascinating quirk of the Universe is that shapes and patterns can be found in hugely different contexts: the Golden Spiral can be seen in the human cochlea and the shape of a spiral galaxy; the fractal geometry of veins echoed in the branching of

Could a Gigantic Lunar Telescope Reveal the Very First Stars? - Gizmodo
A team of astronomers is reviving an idea that NASA sidelined a decade ago, in which a huge observatory would be installed on the Moon.

China Readies an Historic Launch - Newser
It aims to bring back moon rocks for the first time in 40 years

James Webb on track for October 2021 launch; final testing underway -
In a virtual update, NASA and Northrop Grumman confirmed the James Webb Space Telescope remains…

A Record Close Shave: Asteroid 2020 VT4 Just Skimmed by Earth - Universe Today
Wow. A low-flying space rock set a record last Friday (appropriately, the 13th), when 2020 VT4 passed just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) over the Southern Pacific.

Scientists discover beautiful blue new mineral petrovite - CNET
It's not just a pretty face. The mineral could find a use in next-generation rechargeable batteries.

Greenland's glaciers could lose more ice than previously thought, raising concerns for sea level rise - CNN
Greenland's largest glaciers could lose even more ice than previously predicted -- a development that could have huge consequences for the rate of global sea level rise, according to a new study published Tuesday.

Newfound 'Kraken merger' may have been the biggest collision in Milky Way's history -
Our galaxy was built on collisions — and this one may be the largest ever.

Simulations suggest geoengineering would not stop global warming if greenhouse gasses continue to increase -
A trio of researchers, two with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the other the California Institute of Technology, developed computer simulations suggesting that using geoengineering to cool the planet would not be enough to overcome greenhouse effec…

Gravitational lenses could hold the key to better estimates of the expansion of the universe -
The universe is expanding but astrophysicists aren't sure exactly how fast that expansion is happening—not because there aren't answers, but rather because the answers they could give don't agree.

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