Beyond the orbit of Neptune, a dwarf planet is found to have a ring – Los Angeles Times

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Hole the Size of Maine Opens in Antarctica Ice – National Geographic

“In the depths of winter, for more than a month, we’ve had this area of open water,” says Kent Moore, professor of physics at the University of Toronto. “It’s just remarkable that this polynya went away for 40 years and then came back.” Hole the Size of Maine Opens in Antarctica Ice – National Geographic






Mass extinctions ‘offer cautionary tale’ – BBC News

Mass extinctions ‘offer cautionary tale’ – BBC News

Image copyright Victor O Leshyk Image caption Lystrosaurus, an early relative of mammals Mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists. A study confirms the idea that upheavals of the geological past caused a drastic loss of biodiversity. ”Disaster faunas” dominated by a small number of widespread, newly-evolving species prevailed for […]






Scientists Inflated Dead Dolphin Penises to Fake Sex With Dead Dolphin Vaginas – Newsweek

Scientists Inflated Dead Dolphin Penises to Fake Sex With Dead Dolphin Vaginas – Newsweek

Scientists often need to figure out ways of understanding processes they can’t see. Usually, that results in research much more mundane than that carried out by Dara Orbach, a researcher at Dalhousie University in Canada. That’s because Orbach is aiming to understand reproduction in animals like dolphins, harbour porpoises and harbour seals. Rather inconveniently for her, these […]






What Filthy Old Birds Can Tell Us About Air Pollution – Gizmodo

What Filthy Old Birds Can Tell Us About Air Pollution – Gizmodo

Horned larks from the early 20th century (left) compared to those from more recent years (right). (Image: Carl Fuldner and Shane DuBay, The University of Chicago and The Field Museum) By analyzing sooty birds housed in museum collections, scientists have been able to track patterns of US air pollution over the last 135 years. As […]






The Mystery of the Universe’s Missing ‘Normal’ Matter Has Begun to Unravel – Seeker

Tanimura’s team and another team led by Anna de Graaff at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland looked at data from the Planck satellite for a thermal signal called the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect. This effect allows for the detection of very faint  objects,  and looks for photons from the Cosmic Microwave Background as it travels through hot gas. The […]