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Researchers genome sequence of "devil worm"

H. Mephisto (The Devil's Worm). (microscopic image, magnified 200 times) Credit: Prof. John Bracht, American University When scientists discovered a worm deep in an aquifer nearly one mile underground, they hailed it as the discovery of the deepest animal ever found. Now researchers at the American University reporting in Nature Communications have sequenced the genome of a unique animal called …

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NASA finds sugar in meteorites that crashed on Earth

An international team of scientists discovered "meteorites" containing other biologically important sugars, according to a NASA press release on Tuesday. Asteroids – rocky near-Earth objects of the sun – are the parent bodies of most meteorites. And the theory suggests that chemical reactions within asteroids can create some of the essential elements for life. In a study published Monday in …

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StarX's Spacelink satellites get mixed up with star observations. Astronomers say "it's not cool!"

Clara Martinez-Vázquez, an astronomer at the Inter-American Observatory in Cerro Tololo in Coquimbo, Chile, tweets that the bright lights reflected by satellites interfere with a powerful camera used to monitor other galaxies. "Wow! I'm in shock! A huge amount of Starlink satellites went through the sky tonight [the observatory]," she said. "Our exposure to DECam was badly affected by 19 …

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The oxygen of Mars adds to the atmospheric mysteries

There is not much air on Mars – the atmospheric pressure there is less than one hundredth of what we breathe on Earth – but what is small there are puzzled planetary scientists. Oxygen, which represents about 0.13 percent of the Martian atmosphere, is the latest puzzled. In a paper published this month in the journal Geophysical Research: Planets, scientists …

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