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‘Part-time adventurers’: amateur fossil hunters get record haul in Cotswolds - The Guardian
More than 1,000 scientifically significant specimens taken from former quarry after discovery

This Butterfly May Have Been the First Insect Driven Extinct by U.S. Urbanization - Gizmodo
The beautiful Xerces blue butterfly was a distinct species, according to a new study. It hasn't been seen alive since 1943.

Signs of life on Mars? Perseverance rover begins the hunt -
NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has begun its search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Flexing its 7-foot (2-meter) mechanical arm, the rover is testing the sensitive detectors it carries, capturing their first science readings. Along with anal…

Monarch butterfly: Facts about the iconic migratory insects -
Monarch butterflies are one of the most beautiful and easily identifiable insects on the planet.

Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Moon Orbiting Jupiter - Yahoo Lifestyle
An amateur astronomer has discovered a new moon orbiting Jupiter after poring through 15 years of data collected by telescopes on Earth. The post Amateur...

Hubble Space Telescope delivers first images since shutdown - Fox News
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has delivered its first images since the telescope's payload computer suddenly halted on June 13.

Lucky Encounter: Solar Orbiter Spacecraft Flies Through the Tail of a Disintegrated Comet - SciTechDaily
A serendipitous flythrough of the tail of a disintegrated comet has offered scientists a unique opportunity to study these remarkable structures, in new research presented today at the National Astronomy Meeting 2021. Comet ATLAS fragmented just before its cl…

15,000-year-old viruses discovered in Tibetan glacier ice -
Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China. Most of those viruses, which survived because they had remained frozen, are unlike any viruses that have been cataloged to …

Video Shows How Long It Would Take A Ball To Drop On Different Planets - IFLScience
Astronaut Alan Shepard famously hit his golf ball a lousy 36 meters (118 feet) on the surface of the moon, and scientists on the International Space Statio

Long-period oscillations of the Sun discovered -
A team of solar physicists led by Laurent Gizon of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen in Germany has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-da…

‘Best meteor shower of the year’ is upon us: How and when to watch -
Frequent and bright meteors flying through the sky are upon us thanks to the Perseid meteor shower, which will last through Aug. 24.

DeepMind's AlphaFold2 Predicts Protein Structures with Atomic-Level Accuracy - Synced
The prediction of protein structures from amino acid sequence information alone, known as the "protein folding problem," has been an important open research question for more than 50 years. In the fall of 2020, DeepMind’s neural network model AlphaFold took a…

Physics: Scientists create the world's thinnest magnet that is just one ATOM thick - Daily Mail
Made using a technique that the California-based researchers say will be easily scalable, it features a single atomic layer of zinc oxide, dotted within which are the occasional cobalt atoms.

There's a Wobble in the Moon's Orbit. That's Not Good. - msnNOW
The quirk could cause unprecedented coastal flooding next decade.

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