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coelacanth conservation

A fish species once thought extinct may actually be thriving

May 21st, 2021

Imagine casting your line into the ocean and pulling out a living dinosaur. When a group of fishermen off the coast of Madagascar pulled in their net way back in 1938 they came as close to that kind of discovery as anyone on Earth will ever experience. The crew hauled up a coelacanth, and until …

tardigrades moon

Tardigrades are almost bulletproof, scientists discover

May 20th, 2021

Tardigrades — those microscopic organisms that have been found to withstand extreme radiation, the vacuum of space, and temperatures that would turn most other organisms into literal popsicles — are a true wonder of nature. They seem to be virtually indestructible, and in a highly-anticipated 2019 mission by Israel, they were sent to the Moon. …

life on mars

NASA says there are probably organic salts on Mars

May 20th, 2021

NASA has been studying Mars for a long time now. Scientists working with the various rovers that have been sent to the Martian surface have uncovered plenty of interesting things, but evidence supporting the theory that there was once life on the Red Planet is still elusive. Finding organic molecules could go a long way …

moon return

Sun storms could pose danger to astronauts headed for the Moon

May 20th, 2021

NASA has been planning on sending humans back to the Moon for a long time now. The space agency’s plans changed when the Trump administration demanded that NASA astronauts return to the surface of the Moon by 2024. That deadline was, and still is, largely unrealistic, especially in light of the delays posed by the …

climate change

Global warming may change the sex of animal populations

May 19th, 2021

Climate change is already devastating certain animal populations, both on the land and in the oceans, and it’s only going to get worse as time goes on if we can’t get our thirst for fossil fuels and other pollutants under control. It’s easy to measure the effects on some types of life, like coral reefs …

china mars rover

We’ll have to wait a bit longer for China’s Mars photos

May 18th, 2021

It’s been a few days now since China announced that it had successfully landed its first Mars rover. The robot and its lander had been orbiting the planet since February in preparation for the landing, and now that it’s on the ground, China’s scientists have roughly three months with which to work with the rover, …

star simulation

Incredible video shows how stars are born

May 18th, 2021

You probably don’t think about stars all that often. Sure, the world revolves around one of them but other than the Sun we don’t really have a nice close-up view of any others. As far as stars go, the Sun is pretty great, and it’s the reason life on this planet is able to exist …