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Microbe that eats meteorites might hint at our alien origins

There are those who believe that we’re born of aliens, and not all of them wear tin foil hats. In fact, it’s a topic of serious scientific investigation. The idea is sometimes called the “panspermia hypothesis,” which proposes that life…

This white dwarf star has a giant, evaporating planet

White dwarf stars are typically more or less Earth-sized. The planet orbiting white dwarf WDJ0914+1914 appears to be at least twice as big as its star! High intensity radiation from its star is causing this planet to evaporate. Will the same thing happen in our solar system someday?

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Detailed insight into stressed cells

When cells are stressed, they initiate a complex and precisely regulated response to prevent permanent damage. One of the immediate reactions to stress signals is a reduction of protein synthesis (translation). Until now, it was difficult to measure such acute cellular changes. Researchers have now developed a method overcoming this hurdle.

Aldebaran is the Bull’s fiery eye

Aldebaran – brightest star in Taurus the Bull – is easy to spot at one tip of a V-shaped pattern of stars. If this star replaced our sun, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.

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Forest fragmentation hits wildlife hardest in the tropics

(Oregon State University) Animals that evolved in environments subject to large-scale habitat-altering events like fires and storms are better equipped to handle forest fragmentation caused by human development than species in low-disturbance environments.

‘We’re missing something fundamental about the sun’

Parker Solar Probe – now in its 4th orbit around our local star – is designed to endure the sun’s heat and radiation like no previous mission. Data collected during the craft’s first 2 orbits were released last month. This week, 4 new studies in Nature have space scientists buzzing.

Climate Change Is Accelerating: ‘Things Are Getting Worse’ – The New York Times

More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season….