Metal asteroid Psyche was estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion. But a new study suggests it’s less metallic and more porous than thought. Scientists are calling it a “rubble pile.”
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Prize Image: Asahi Glass Foundation Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a renowned climate and atmospheric scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will receive the Blue Planet Prize, the international environmental award sponsored by Japan’s Asahi Glass Foundation. Ramanathan, the…
In the “nasty” swamps of New Guinea, a frog specialist has discovered a new species which he decided to call the “chocolate frog.” Far from the fugitive confectionaries containing famous witch or wizard trading cards from the Harry Potter series, the real thing is a close relative of the Australian green tree frog, only coated […]
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(The Company of Biologists) A previously unreported anatomical structure named the ‘cantil’ has been described in the popular plant model, Arabidopsis thaliana. Scientists from The Pennsylvania State University, USA, reveal that the cantil forms between the stem and flower-bearing stalk when flowering is delayed. Published in the journal Development, this study highlights that there are still discoveries to be made, even in some of the most meticulously studied species, and provides new clues for understanding conditional growth in plants.
(Texas A&M University) Dr. Igor Ivanishin, a postdoctoral researcher in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has firsthand experience with the frustrations of oil production. He spent nine years as a hydraulic fracturing engineer with operating and service companies in Russia. A few years ago, he came to Texas A&M to get his doctoral degree while delving into a reoccurring recovery problem in carbonate reservoirs: why don’t they produce oil as predicted?
(Florida Museum of Natural History) An international research team has described a new species of Oculudentavis, providing further evidence that the animal first identified as a hummingbird-sized dinosaur was actually a lizard.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first new closeup images of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede in over 20 years. They show the moon’s craters, light and dark patches and tectonic faults in beautiful detail. See them here!
Australotitan is Australiaâs largest dinosaur species ever discovered, as long as 2 buses as heavy as 1,400 kangaroos.
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(Monash University) Monash University scientists have developed a new technique using phosphonium salts that can help drive the future production of green ammonia. This process could reduce the impact of ammonia production on global carbon emissions. Each metric tonne of ammonia produced today contributes to roughly 1.9 metric tonnes of greenhouse emissions.
(Science China Press) The Late Triassic Tianqiaoling flora is well-known in China, and its discovery has changed our understanding of Chinese Late Triassic phytogeographical divisions. However, the accurate dating has still not been achieved. In this study, rhyolite samples were collected from the bottom of the Tianqiaoling Formation, which is conformally contacted the Tianqiaoling flora-bearing beds. The results of new dating were 212.8±2.5 Ma, indicating the Tianqiaoling flora in development occurred in the late Norian (~227-208.5 Ma).