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The Arecibo Observatory still has science to do, despite the iconic collapse of the radio telescope

For decades the words “Arecibo Observatory“was a transcript of the facility ‘s massive radio telescope, one of those rare instruments that reached iconic status outside its core scientific community. But cable malfunctions shattered the telescope and much of its extensive dish last year, forcing the observatory to take stock of the science it can still do without the iconic telescope. …

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Comets may have populated the Earth with life-sustaining carbon

NASA’s air telescope made another major discovery just months after confirming the presence of water on the moon’s solar surfaces. The latest find of SOFIA is related to the essence left by an ice comet, which in 2016 passed through the Earth from its origin on the outskirts of our solar system. Using one of its infrared instruments, the telescope …

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This “ninja giant” is the oldest titanosaur in history

A new long-necked dinosaur discovered in Argentina may be the oldest titanosaur ever discovered. The dinosaur called Ninjatitan fell, lived 140 million years ago, which is 20 million years before the appearance of the next known species of titanosaurus. The discovery suggests that this group of healthy sauropods first appeared on the supercontinent. Gondwana, which is made up of present-day …

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A permanence site called Octavia E. Butler Landing

Well, that’s cool. NASA named the landing site of the rover for permanence of the agency “Landing of Octavia E. Butler” after the author of science fiction Octavia E. Butler. The landing site is marked with an asterisk on this image from the High Resolution Camera (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The MRO mission is managed by NASA’s …

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