Curiosity Captures Gravity Wave Shaped Clouds On Mars

Images presented at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this week showed the first indication of gravity waves around the Martian equator.
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SpaceX Outbids ULA for Military GPS Contract Igniting Fierce Launch Competition

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The fierce competition for lucrative launch contracts from the U.S. Air Force just got more even intense with the announcement that SpaceX outbid arch rival United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch an advanced military Global Positioning System (GPS III) navigation satellite to orbit in approx. 2 years.
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New Study Wants To Rip T-Rex From Its Place On Dino Tree

If the results in a new study are accepted, the dinosaur family tree will be getting overhauled.
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Instagram Has Two-Factor Authentication Now, So Turn It On

Instagram Has Two-Factor Authentication Now, So Turn It On

It takes just a few minutes to secure your Instagram account. Here’s how to do it. The post Instagram Has Two-Factor Authentication Now, So Turn It On appeared first on WIRED.

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Botany: A stem’s ‘sense of self’ contributes to shape

It is well known that as plants grow, their stems and shoots respond to outside signals like light and gravity. But if plants all have similar stimuli, why are there so many different plant shapes? Using simple mathematical ideas, researchers have constructed a framework that explains and quantifies the different shapes of plant stems.

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Milky Way-like galaxies in early universe embedded in ‘super halos’

Astronomers have directly observed a pair of Milky Way-like galaxies seen when the universe was only eight percent of its current age. These progenitors of today’s giant spiral galaxies are surrounded by ‘super halos’ of hydrogen gas that extend many tens-of-thousands of light-years beyond their dusty, star-filled disks. …

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A ‘carbon law’ offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (March 25), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or ‘carbon law’ of halving emissions every decade, could catalyze disruptive innovation.

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Designer proteins fold DNA: Biophysicists construct complex hybrid structures using DNA and proteins

Scientists have developed a new method that can be used to construct custom hybrid structures using DNA and proteins. The method opens new opportunities for fundamental research in cell biology and for applications in biotechnology and medicine. …

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WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

The leak shows how physical access hacks can plant undetectable spying code deep in a Macbook’s firmware. The post WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code appeared first on WIRED.

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Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of the distant galaxy 3C 186. The black hole was most likely ejected by the power of gravitational waves. …

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Scientists reveal hidden structures in bacterial DNA

Researchers have described the 3D structure of the genome in the extremely small bacteria Mycoplasma pneumoniae. They discovered previously unknown arrangements of DNA within this tiny bacteria, which are also found in larger cells. Their findings suggest that this type of organization is a universal feature of living cells. …

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A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold

For decades, researchers believed that violent supernovas forged gold and other heavy elements. But many now argue for a different cosmic quarry. …

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The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

The bug potentially puts every Windows antivirus program at risk, but also hints at more fundamental problems with relying on AV. The post The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware appeared first on WIRED.

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Water on the Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b! (Video)

Join us as we discuss the discovery and observations of 51 Pegasi b and how they arrived at the exciting result that the planet’s atmosphere contains water. …

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Hand-held X-ray sources

Electronic oscillations in graphene could make a tabletop — or even handheld — source of X-rays a reality, report researchers.

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Giant salamanders, geckos and olms: Vanishing species diversity in Siberia

Scientists have studied the development of the amphibian and reptile fauna in Western Siberia during the past twelve million years. In their study, they demonstrate that the species diversity of both groups of animals was noticeably higher in the past than it is today. Among others, for the first time the researchers discovered an Asiatic representative of the extinct frog family Palaeobatrachidae as well as evidence of a giant salamander with a length of up to 1.80 meters. …

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New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe

Once upon a time, the Universe was just a hot soup of particles. In those days, together with visible particles, other particles to us hidden or dark might have formed. Billions of years later scientists catalogued 17 types of visible particles, with the most recent one being the Higgs boson, creating the ‘Standard Model’. However, they are still struggling to detect the hidden particles, the ones that constitute the dark sector of the Universe. …

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Spiritual retreats change feel-good chemical systems in the brain

More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance well-being. Now, researchers show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants.

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