Astronomers Detect Second Planet Orbiting Nearest Star

  Scientists used to wonder how common planets were throughout the universe, and now we know — they’re everywhere. Even with our relatively rudimentary methods of detecting exoplanets, we’ve identified thousands of alien worlds, including some in our own backyard. In 2016, astronomers discovered an exoplanet around Proxima Centauri, the …

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Neanderthals Dived into Mediterranean Sea for Clam Shells

Shell fishing was a common activity of Neanderthals, according to new research led by University of Colorado, Boulder archaeologists. Homo neanderthalensis by Charles R. Knight. In 1949, archaeologists working at the site of Grotta dei Moscerini, a cave in the Latium region of central Italy, found a large collection of …

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Researchers Sequence Genome of Elusive Giant Squid

An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of the giant squid (Architeuthis dux), the species which has inspired generations to tell tales of the fabled Kraken. The Architeuthis dux genome allowed the team to investigate the unique traits of this species, including its gigantism and key adaptations to deep-sea …

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