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A ‘no-brainer Nobel Prize’: scientists may have found a fifth force of nature - FOX 5 San Diego
Scientists at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Atomki) have posted findings showing what could be an example of that fifth force at work.

The biggest scientific discoveries of 2019, in photos - Business Insider
This year, scientists rendered the first-ever image of a black hole, glimpsed a giant squid, and identified a possibly habitable exoplanet.

NASA’s underwater rover will hunt for life on distant ocean worlds - Digital Trends
NASA has developed BRUIE, the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, which could eventually search for extraterrestrial life on distant ocean worlds such as Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus. It can dive deep beneath sea ice to explore ocean…

Think Life Endures Anywhere on Earth? Try Visiting Dallol - Newser
The landscape at Dallol is forbidding to say the least

Space Photos of the Week: Terrific, Tantalizing Titan - WIRED
It has methane lakes! And an atmosphere! Oh but it’s very, very, cold, really cold.

El Nino swings more violently in the industrial age, compelling hard evidence says -
El Ninos have become more intense in the industrial age, which stands to worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching in El Nino years. A new study has found compelling evidence in the Pacific Ocean that the stronger El Ninos are part of a climate pattern that…

DMT Creates Vivid Waking Dream State in the Brain – “It’s Like Dreaming but With Your Eyes Open” - SciTechDaily
Ayahuasca Compound Changes Brainwaves to Vivid ‘Waking-Dream’ State Scientists have peered inside the brain to show how taking DMT affects human consciousness by significantly altering the brain's electrical activity. DMT (or dimethyltryptamine) is one of the…

'Insect apocalypse' driven by light pollution, scientists reveal - Fox News
Insects, which pollinate flowers and break down waste, are crucial.

NASA shares video of ISS astronaut tossing a debris shield into the depths of space - Daily Mail
A debris shield on the International Space Station 'did not spark joy', as live feed shows astronaut Luca Parmitano tossing it into space because it would not fit on the craft.

In a first for cell biology, scientists observe ribosome assembly in real time -
A team of scientists from Scripps Research and Stanford University has recorded in real time a key step in the assembly of ribosomes—the complex and evolutionarily ancient "molecular machines" that make proteins in cells and are essential for all life forms.

Hubble Observes the Most Powerful Gamma Ray Burst Ever Detected - Universe Today
An international effort involving multiple observatories and astronomers from around the world have observed the most powerful gamma-ray burst ever.

Plane carrying Orion spaceship set to land Sunday in Mansfield -
If all goes well, NASA's Super Guppy plane will land Sunday in Mansfield bearing the Orion spaceship for tests at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station.

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