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Betelgeuse Looks Fainter Than Usual. Could It Mean It's About to Go Supernova? - ScienceAlert
Have you noticed that Orion the Hunter – one of the most iconic and familiar of the wintertime constellations – is looking a little… different as of late? The culprit is its upper shoulder star Alpha Orionis, aka Betelgeuse, which is looking ma
https://www.sciencealert.com/betelgeuse-...


E-Bikes Riskier to Ride Than E-Scooters and Bikes, Study Suggests - Gizmodo
People riding electric-powered bikes are more likely to risk serious injury than those on conventional bikes and motorized scooters, according to a recent study. But e-scooters have their own unique health risks, too.
https://gizmodo.com/e-bikes-riskier-to-r...


Scientists Link Silicon Qubits Over (Relatively) Huge Distances - Gizmodo
Scientists have linked two silicon quantum bits with photons over a relatively large distance. The new advance could end up being a watershed moment for a lesser-known quantum computing processor architecture, bringing silicon quantum computer a step closer t…
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-link-sili...


NASA's Spitzer Telescope captures massive 'burning' cloud in space - Fox News
Space is not on fire, but you can't be blamed for thinking it might be after a look at this "burning" cloud.
https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasas-sp...


NASA discovers why 'cotton candy' exoplanets are the size of Jupiter but have low density - Daily Mail
Three 'cotton candy' exoplanets are the size of Jupiter but with a hundred times lighter mass - and NASA believes it is because they are still evolving. They are only 500 million years old.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/...


Researchers found a brand new mineral tucked in a tiny meteorite. It's never been seen in nature before - CNN
Between 2015 and 2019, researchers discovered 31 new carbon minerals, most of them vividly colorful. Edscottite is one of the least flashy new finds, but it's also the one that's set geologists abuzz.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/26/world/new...


Finally, machine learning interprets gene regulation clearly - Phys.org
In this age of "big data," artificial intelligence (AI) has become a valuable ally for scientists. Machine learning algorithms, for instance, are helping biologists make sense of the dizzying number of molecular signals that control how genes function. But as…
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-machine-ge...


When Task Is Complex, Chimpanzees More Likely to Teach Skills and Share Tools - SciTechDaily
Study has implications for evolution of technology and culture in humans. Teach a chimpanzee to fish for insects to eat, and you feed her for a lifetime. Teach her a better way to use tools in gathering prey, and you may change the course of evolution. For mo…
https://scitechdaily.com/when-task-is-co...


Strange lights seen in the sky over Montana are likely SpaceX 'Starlink' satellites - KTVQ Billings News
Reports of a row of strange lights seen in northern Montana are likely satellites launched by SpaceX, according to numerous media reports.
https://www.ktvq.com/lifestyle/strange-l...


EPFL team develops on-board system to capture CO2 from trucks; reducing emissions by 90% - Green Car Congress
Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO2 emissions by almost 90%. The EPFL system captures CO2 directly in the trucks’ exhaust system and liquefies it in a box on the vehicle’s roof. The liquid CO2 would then be delivered to …
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/12...


Physicists discover how to safely create star power on Earth - Big Think
Princeton scientists find a new way to control nuclear fusion reactions.
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/...


This drone will fly on one of Saturn’s moons. Here’s the woman leading the mission - PBS NewsHour
Planetary scientist Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle breaks down NASA's upcoming mission to Saturn's moon, Titan, to learn about how early life may develop.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/thi...


New aurora borealis caused by crunch in Earth's magnetic field - Business Insider
A NASA intern saw the aurora in three-year-old footage of the Arctic sky. It's the first known aurora caused by Earth's magnetic activity.
https://www.businessinsider.com/new-auro...


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