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Martian Atmosphere?

ESA’s Trace Gas Orbiter Detects Glowing Oxygen Using data from the NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for Mars Discovery) ultraviolet and visible spectrometer instrument on board ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a team of researchers has detected green line dayglow emission in the atmosphere of Mars. An artist’s impression of …

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Reindeer Domestication

Earliest Evidence of Reindeer Domestication Found in Arctic Siberia An international team of archeologists has unearthed numerous L-shaped barbed antler objects at three early sites — Ust’-Polui, Tiutei-Sale I, and Iarte VI — in the Yamal region of Arctic Siberia. With help from contemporary Indigenous Nenets reindeer herders, the researchers …

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Eerie Green Glow

Astronomers Detect Eerie Green Glow on Mars for the First Time The red planet is looking a bit less red today, but that might be a good thing. European Space Agency (ESA) scientists operating the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) have snapped a photo of Mars with an eerie green glow …

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Diamond Frog Discovered

New Species of Diamond Frog Discovered in Madagascar German herpetologist Mark Scherz has discovered a new species of diamond frog living in northern Madagascar. Rhombophryne ellae. Image credit: Mark Scherz. The diamond frogs belong to Rhombophryne, a genus of microhylid frogs in the subfamily Cophylinae. More than 20 species are …

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Martian Surface

Curiosity Spots Earth and Venus from Curiosity Spots Earth and Venus from The Mast Camera (Mastcam) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has captured new images of Earth and Venus as seen from the surface of the Red Planet. Two images of the night sky were combined to show Earth and …

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GPS Tracking Red Pandas

Researchers Use GPS Collars An international team of scientists has conducted a GPS tracking collar study on red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) in eastern Nepal. This is the first time GPS collars have been used to study these elusive animals in the wild. Paaru, one of the red pandas tracked by the …

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Hunting Lunar Rover

NASA Awards Launch Contract for Water-Hunting Lunar Rover For the first time in years, NASA is gearing up to send humans to the Moon. The agency’s Artemis program aims to have boots on the Moon by 2024, but those boots will necessarily be preceded by wheels. VIPER is one of …

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Korea Crocodiles

Multiple, well-preserved trackways made by large crocodylomorphs, extinct ancestors of modern-day crocodiles, between 110 and 120 million years ago (Cretaceous period) have been found near Sacheon City in South Korea. Surprisingly, the trackways never include handprints and indicate exclusively bipedal walking, a gait not known from fossil crocodylomorph trackways. Bipedal …

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Dogfish Shark Discovered

New Species of Deep-Water Dogfish Shark Discovered Marine biologists have discovered a new species of the shark genus Squalus in the tropical waters off southern Japan. The Shirai’s spurdog (Squalus shiraii): lateral (A-C) and ventral (D, E) views. Scale bars – 50 mm. Image credit: Viana Carvalho, doi: 10.3897/zse.96.51962. Squalus …

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Genetic Variations

Researchers Identify 126,018 Human Genetic Variations A team of scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, and EMBL-EBI has created a comprehensive structural variation atlas for a geographically diverse set of human genomes and recovered sequences missing from the human reference sequence. Among the 126,018 structural variations discovered …

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