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Ultima Thule Is Still Weird

The most distant object that our species has ever visited, a space rock called 2014 MU69, is less shaped like a snowman than previously thought. NASA flew over the New Horizons probe with the rock, dubbed Ultima Thule and located 4 billion miles from Earth on New Year's Day. New Horizons flew within 2,200 miles from MU69, traveling at a …

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A tale of 2 colliding exoplanets | Space

<! – -> Computer simulation of 2 colliding earth mass planets. The temperature range of the material is represented by 4 colors: gray, orange, yellow and red, where gray is the most beautiful and red is the hottest. Image via Zoe Leinhardt / Thomas Denman / University of Bristol. The exoplanets have been discovered by the thousands in recent years, …

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We Are Eating The Planet’s Last ‘Megafauna’ to Extinction

Human beings are about to gather the world's largest animals right on the edge of extinction, and the main driving force is our insatiable appetite for meat. This is a terrible warning, and comes from the first analysis to look at how humans have had an impact on the "megafauna" of the world. By combining over 300 species of unusually …

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See the Bizarre Storm Blanketing Uranus Right Now

Annual Check-up Once a year, the Hubble telescope takes photos of our solar system's gas giants for the Otern Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program, an initiative to help us to better understand the four planets. Thursday, NASA released the latest OPAL image of Uranus – and offers a stunning view of an incredibly powerful storm that rages on the frozen …

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New Horizons Captures Incredible Image Sequence of Ultima Thule

Mission scientists created this "starting film" from 14 different images taken by the New Horizons Recognition Imager (LORRI) shortly after The spaceship flew over the object of the Kuiper belt nicknamed Ultima Thule (officially named MU69 2014) on January 1, 2019. The central frame of this sequence was taken on January 1 at 5:42:42 UT ( 12:42 am EST), when …

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A better way to make acrylics

Credits: CC0 Public Domain Acrylics are an incredibly diverse and useful family of chemicals used in all types of products, from diapers to nail polishes. Now, a team of researchers at UConn and ExxonMobil describes a new process to implement them. The new method would increase energy efficiency and reduce toxic byproducts, and report back in February 8 of Nature …

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Louisiana online map shows where not to eat the fish or swim

A newly created interactive map shows people in whom pollution has made a Louisiana waterway for swimming dangerous. It also tells fishermen if it is safe to eat fish. The map shows 58 lakes, bays and other water courses where contaminated fish were caught, the bottom is too polluted to swim safely or for both. Most points limit the consumption …

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