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ESO’s VLT spots brand-new type of star formation Observations using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming within powerful outflows of material blasted out from supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. These are the first confirmed observations...
The twin telescopes of the Gemini observatory, each with a diameter of 8.1m, are placed in both hemispheres, Gemini South in Chile and Gemini North in Hawaii and have privileged access to the skies. In 2014, Gemini issued a...
Although sleepy people had trouble interpreting happiness and sadness in a recent study, they had no problem doing so with other emotions—anger, fear, surprise, and disgust. That’s likely because we’re wired to recognize those more primitive emotions in order to...
Astronomers have captured multiple images of a Type Ia supernova—the brilliant explosion of a star—appearing in four different locations in the sky. So far this is the only Type Ia discovered that has exhibited this effect. The help of an...
Just as in humans, conscientiousness in animals—which includes working hard, paying attention to detail, and striving to do the right thing—offers evolutionary benefits like giving them an edge in hunting and gathering, attracting mates, procreating, and fending off predators. Scientists...
Scientists have discovered that the desert’s biocrust plays a previously unknown role in regulating the arid climate. This “living skin of the desert” goes by different names. You may have seen signs in parks and protected areas advising you not...
Mastodon bones recovered from a site in San Diego appear to dramatically revise the timeline for when humans first reached North America. The bones, tusks, and molars are about 130,000 years old. They were sharply broken and found deeply buried...
Some actions, like yawning and scratching, can spread from one person to another. New research finds that socially contagious itching is hardwired in the brain. Studying mice, the scientists have identified what occurs in the brain when a mouse feels...
A new detailed, easily navigable opinion map clarifies what people in each county, city, and even congressional district in the United States believe about climate change. A vast majority of Americans—70 percent, according to recent research—think global warming is indeed...
An ever-changing climate can put certain regions in the crosshairs of coastal flooding, heavy rain, erosion, and other risks. Now scientists have charted landscapes to clarify when and how to implement “managed retreat,” the relocation or abandonment of development in...