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Star collision helps solve 16-year-old mystery of the Blue Ring Nebula - CNET
A collision between two stars thousands of years ago produced two interstellar ice cream cones full of hot gas.

Space is dark, but scientists have found unexplained light. - NPR
Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source like stars or galaxies.

New Research Shows Dinosaurs Would Have Flourished Were It Not For Asteroid - Yahoo Entertainment
New research suggests that dinosaurs could have remained dominant on Earth for some time if an asteroid hadn't permanently interrupted their existence.

Nasa says landing astronauts on moon by 2024 is unlikely - The Guardian
Costs and overruns on key technology have hit schedule of Artemis programme, says report

Chromosomes look different than you think -
In high school textbooks, human chromosomes are pictured as wonky Xs like two hotdogs jammed together. But those images are far from accurate. "For 90 percent of the time," said Jun-Han Su, "chromosomes don't exist like that."

Scientists create diamonds in just MINUTES for the first time inside a lab at room temperature - Daily Mail
Scientists have had a nature-defying breakthrough - they created diamonds at room temperature inside a lab. The team applied a twisting force of pressure to carbon crystallize.

Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab - NBC News
Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab

Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction - The New York Times
Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

Giant virus genomes discovered lurking in DNA of common algae - Science Magazine
Viral stowaways could be enhancing survival of algae, and even their evolution

Dinosaurs would have continued to thrive had it not been for the asteroid, researchers say - CNN
Dinosaurs were doing well and could have continued to dominate Planet Earth if they had not been wiped out by an asteroid, new research has found.

Global warming triggered the evolution of giant dinosaurs -
The word "dinosaur" tends to evoke giant animals with massive bodies, long necks and tails, and tiny heads. These "quintessential dinosaurs" actually represent one prominent subgroup of he Dinosauria, the so called Sauropoda ("long-necked dinosaurs" in popula…

Did a University Use Facial Recognition to ID Student Protesters? - WIRED
University of Miami students accuse the campus police of using the software. Administrators deny it, but they had previously touted the capability.

'Dire outlook': scientists say Florida reefs have lost nearly 98% of coral - The Guardian
While overall US coral reefs are in fair condition, along the coast of Florida as little as 2% of original coral cover remains

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