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“One Trillion Times Age of the Cosmos” –Rarest Thing Ever Detected - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel
“We actually saw this decay happen. It’s the longest, slowest process that has ever been directly observed, and our dark matter detector was sensitive enough to measure it,” said Ethan Brown, an assistant professor of physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institu…

This Special Hubble Birthday Image Will Make You Feel So Incredibly Puny - ScienceAlert
Since it was first launched on 24 April 1990, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 1.4 million observations of nearly 45,000 celestial objects. For its 29th birthday, NASA has singled out just one.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to conduct its first-ever controlled fire -
The prescribed burns, which could happen as soon as this week, will occur in two areas within the National Lakeshore’s Platte River District in Benzie County, between Esch and Peterson Roads and west of M-22.

Modern analysis of ancient hearths reveals Neanderthal settlement patterns: Microscopic and molecular evidence at paleolithic hearth sites helps uncover Neanderthal mobility habits - Science Daily
Ancient fire remains provide evidence of Neanderthal group mobility and settlement patterns and indicate specific occupation episodes, according to a new study.

NASA, FEMA and International Partners are planning an asteroid impact exercise - TechCrunch
When it comes to planning for a potential asteroid strike on planet Earth, The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency don’t want to miss a thing. Alongside international partners like the European Space Agen…

A breakthrough in the study of laser/plasma interactions -
A new 3-D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation tool developed by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CEA Saclay is enabling cutting-edge simulations of laser/plasma coupling mechanisms that were previously out of reach of standard PIC code…

A photographer recorded Saturn ‘touching’ the moon with his smartphone, and the pictures are stunning - Business Insider
Grant Petersen of South Africa spent months preparing to photograph the conjunction of the moon and Saturn using a Galaxy S8 phone and a telescope.

'Beautiful Nightmare' Crab Sported Lobster Shell, Shrimp Mouth and Soccer Ball Eyes - Live Science
An ancient crab that lived during the dinosaur age was so strange, paleontologists are calling it the platypus of the crab world.

Scientists Create Giant Atlas of World's Most Remote Reefs - Gizmodo
Coral reefs line shores around the world, but they’re sometimes tough to spot because well, they’re underwater. Now, a group of researchers has found that satellite imagery is capable of mapping reefs on a global scale. They’ve used the technology, along with…

New robust device may scale up quantum tech, researchers say -
Researchers have been trying for many years to build a quantum computer that industry could scale up, but the building blocks of quantum computing, qubits, still aren't robust enough to handle the noisy environment of what would be a quantum computer.

A fresh approach to synthesizing ammonia from air and water -
Coordination-induced bond weakening enables nitrogen fixation.

'Bee saviour' sugar cards could save starving insects - The Guardian
Inventor crowdfunds to produce reviver sachets after prototype success

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