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Wild Observation Shows White Dwarf Stars Merging Into Something New Wild Observation Shows White Dwarf Stars Merging Into Something New

Astronomers have observed evidence of a hot, spinning star blasting winds outwards at 10,000 miles per second, which seemed to have formed from a relatively recent collision of white dwarf stars. It’s some of the clearest evidence to date of these stars colliding and merging.

This Is Easily the Best Correction in Science Publishing This Month This Is Easily the Best Correction in Science Publishing This Month

Science journalists around the world received one of the silliest corrections yet in our inbox over the weekend, and I would like to share it here with you.

Scientists Think They Know How Pluto's Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid Scientists Think They Know How Pluto's Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid

Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer.

Sorry, It Looks Like a Researcher Didn’t Just Crack the Voynich Manuscript After All Sorry, It Looks Like a Researcher Didn’t Just Crack the Voynich Manuscript After All

A university in the United Kingdom is backpedaling after publishing an article claiming that one of their scientists helped crack the famously indecipherable Voynich manuscript, according to a statement.

Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.

An Avian Aficionado Watched Tuca & Bertie, Then Tried to Identify All the Birds An Avian Aficionado Watched Tuca & Bertie, Then Tried to Identify All the Birds

I can’t think of another show in recent times that has made me laugh harder (and made me think more) than Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie has. But, folks...we need to talk about the birds.

We're Finally Learning More about MU69, the Strange, Flat Rock in the Outer Solar System We're Finally Learning More about MU69, the Strange, Flat Rock in the Outer Solar System

New Horizons mission scientists have released the first peer-reviewed results from their study of 2014 MU69, demonstrating just how “pristine” this object is.

China's Lunar Mission Has Found Mantle Material on the Far Side of the Moon China's Lunar Mission Has Found Mantle Material on the Far Side of the Moon

Scientists in China have released an important first set of results from the Chang’e 4 lunar lander, revealing what appears to be material from the Moon’s mantle on its far side.

What Does a Particle Collider Sound Like? What Does a Particle Collider Sound Like?

Scientists explore the limits of physics by pumping energy into components of atoms, such as electrons and protons, accelerating them to nearly the speed of light, and slamming the beams of particles together in hopes of discovering something new. You can imagine that this process gets quite noisy.

Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America

Visitors to Chicago’s Hyde Park or New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery may be surprised to hear the raucous squawks of lime-green monk parakeets. These birds, descendants of escaped pets, have managed to create thriving colonies in these cities despite the annual cold weather. It turns out they’re far from unusual—escaped…

Famous Extinct Sea Creature Somehow Wound Up in 99-Million-Year-Old Tree Resin Famous Extinct Sea Creature Somehow Wound Up in 99-Million-Year-Old Tree Resin

An incredible 99-million-year-old chunk of amber contains several trapped marine gastropods, as well as an extinct ammonite, according to a new paper.

New Analysis of Apollo-Era Moonquakes Shows the Moon Could Be Tectonically Active New Analysis of Apollo-Era Moonquakes Shows the Moon Could Be Tectonically Active

Astronauts and Jeff Bezos-types hoping to set up shop on the Moon might have another challenge to worry about: moonquakes caused by tectonic activity.

This Bird Went Extinct, Then Evolution Recreated It This Bird Went Extinct, Then Evolution Recreated It

Sometime between 136,000 and 240,000 years ago, a flock of awkward, leggy birds took off from Madagascar and arrived at a pristine island in the Aldabra atoll 250 miles away. “This is nice,” they may have thought—there were no predators, and the birds colonized the island. Without the threat of predation, they…

Jeff Bezos Reveals Lunar Lander Designed for 'Sustained Human Presence on the Moon' Jeff Bezos Reveals Lunar Lander Designed for 'Sustained Human Presence on the Moon'

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin announced its first lunar lander, Blue Moon, at a press conference today.

Scientists Recreate Hallmark Quantum Physics Experiment Using Antimatter Scientists Recreate Hallmark Quantum Physics Experiment Using Antimatter

Scientists recreated one of the most important experiments in the history of physics—but this time, they used antimatter instead of regular matter.

Powerful Lasers Produce Wild New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist Inside Uranus Powerful Lasers Produce Wild New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist Inside Uranus

Scientists used high-energy lasers to create a new phase of ice unlike any seen on Earth before—but which might exist deep within Neptune and Uranus.

NASA Accidentally Destroys NYC in Attempt to Save Denver (Thankfully It Was Just a Simulation) NASA Accidentally Destroys NYC in Attempt to Save Denver (Thankfully It Was Just a Simulation)

If you really want to prepare for an asteroid impact, you might as well simulate some of the worst possible outcomes—like an asteroid blasting into the heart of New York City.

This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water

A small fish somehow evolved resistance to the heavily polluted water of the Houston Ship Channel by mysteriously acquiring genes from another fish from thousands of miles away, according to a new paper.

Gravitational Wave Detectors May Have Spotted a Neutron Star Colliding With a Black Hole Gravitational Wave Detectors May Have Spotted a Neutron Star Colliding With a Black Hole

A pair of objects, each more massive than the Sun but only as wide as a city, have once again produced ripples in spacetime that were picked up by sensitive gravitational wave detectors on Earth. But this time, scientists think they may have measured something even weirder the usual.

Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Found in the Mariana Trench Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Found in the Mariana Trench

Scientists found a radioactive signature of atomic bomb blasts in crustaceans living in the ocean’s depths, according to a new paper.

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