Saturn’s moon Titan also has dust storms

Contrary to what most of us may have imagined as kids, the planets in our solar system aren’t all just spheres of solid rock. Some are completely gaseous, others may be liquid. Their moons are just as varied in composition and behavior. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, is strangely one of the few members of […]

All-Female Termite Colonies Reproduce Without Male Input | Science

At only a few millimeters in length, their soft, doughy bodies numbered in the thousands. Even under the microscope, the males and females were just barely distinguishable, but Toshihisa Yashiro had already begun to count. Hundreds of termites into the census, Yashiro’s doubts finally began to disappear—there wasn’t a single male to be found. Today, […]

Violence in pre-Columbian Panama exaggerated, new study shows — ScienceDaily

Buried alive. Butchered. Decapitated. Hacked. Mutilated. Killed. Archaeologist Samuel K. Lothrop did not obfuscate when describing what he thought had happened to the 220 bodies his expedition excavated from Panama’s Playa Venado site in 1951. The only problem is that Lothrop likely got it wrong. A new evaluation of the site’s remains by Smithsonian archaeologists […]

Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period

Artist’s impression of Jinguofortis perplexus, a very modern-looking bird from the early Cretaceous.Illustration: Chung-Tat Cheung The discovery of a 127-million-year-old fossil in northeastern China is filling an important evolutionary gap between modern birds and the winged, dinosaur-like creatures that came before them. To say that birds evolved from dinosaurs isn’t entirely accurate. Technically speaking, birds […]

How a molecular signal helps plant cells decide when to make oil

When a plant is low on sugar (left), a cascade of molecular interactions degrades (DEG) a protein (W) that turns on fatty acid synthesis (FAS). However, when sugar levels are high (right), key steps in this process are blocked, leaving the W protein intact to start fatty acid (oil) production. KEY: K = KIN10, G […]

A Japanese spacecraft just landed two rovers on an asteroid

In a remarkable feat of scientific endeavor, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully landed two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid hundreds of millions of miles from Earth. “Both rovers … are in good condition,” Japan’s space agency tweeted on Saturday. We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists […]

Here are the first pictures from the rovers Japan just landed on an asteroid 280 million km away

Japan now has two rovers on an asteroid 280 million kilometres from Earth, and they’ve started sending back the first pictures of life on a very lonely rock. First, here’s a shot the Hayabusa2 spacecraft took back in June of asteroid 162173 Ryugu: Hayabusa2 began its journey on December 3, 2014, and actually had to […]

September’s full Harvest Moon has many names

Rising within two days of the autumn equinox, this week’s full Harvest Moon is a true reminder of the changing seasons. According to NASA, the moon will become officially full at 10:52 p.m. on Monday. So when the moon rises Monday night around 7:50 p.m. in mid-Michigan, it will be nearly full. But it won’t […]

US Agency Says Cauliflower Coral May Need Federal Protection – U.S. News & World Report

Chron.com US Agency Says Cauliflower Coral May Need Federal ProtectionU.S. News & World ReportU.S. officials have decided a species of coral that environmentalists say is at risk from climate change could need U.S. protections across its entire range _ not just in Hawaii. Sept. 23, 2018, at 3:35 p.m.. US Agency Says Cauliflower Coral May […]

Japan Space Rovers Lowered to Asteroid to Collect Data

(TOKYO) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the asteroid, […]

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