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A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

If you think there aren’t enough hours in the day on Earth, this newly discovered planet will make your head spin. On an exoplanet called GJ 367 b that’s orbiting a star 31 light-years away from our sun, a year only lasts for about eight hours. The discovery could shed light on these mysterious, rapidly…MORE

A ferocious marine reptile with gnarly teeth for crushing prey was discovered in Colombia
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A ferocious marine reptile with gnarly teeth for crushing prey was discovered in Colombia

Scientists revealed a newly discovered marine ichthyosaur species with gnarly teeth that was found in Colombia. The partial skull of an ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile, that looked like a swordfish was unearthed in Loma Pedro Luis, Villa de Leyva, in Boyacá, Colombia in the 1970s, according to a study published in the Journal of…MORE

Repealing Roe v. Wade would set the US apart from other leading democracies. Here’s how some key nations view abortion
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Repealing Roe v. Wade would set the US apart from other leading democracies. Here’s how some key nations view abortion

The United States Supreme Court appears poised to pare down, or even entirely overturn, nearly five decades of constitutional protection of abortion — a move that would have reverberations not just in America, but around the world. Oral arguments began on Wednesday in a landmark Mississippi case that threatens the existence of Roe v. Wade.…MORE

NASA astronauts successfully conduct spacewalk postponed due to debris risk
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NASA astronauts successfully conduct spacewalk postponed due to debris risk

During a six and a half hour spacewalk Thursday, NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron replaced a malfunctioning communications antenna and achieved other “get ahead” tasks. The duo began their spacewalk at 6:15 a.m. ET and ended at 12:47 p.m. ET. NASA postponed the spacewalk until Thursday, originally scheduled for Tuesday, after receiving a…MORE

How South African scientists discovered Omicron and set off a global chain reaction
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How South African scientists discovered Omicron and set off a global chain reaction

In the early days of November, laboratory technicians at Lancet Laboratories in Pretoria, South Africa, found unusual features in samples they were testing for the coronavirus. Essentially, a gene was missing in what would be a normal genome profile of the virus. PCR tests weren’t detecting one of their expected targets, a signal that something…MORE

Astronauts celebrate record-breaking chile harvest in space with taco night
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Astronauts celebrate record-breaking chile harvest in space with taco night

While we were eating Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping sales on Black Friday, astronauts on the International Space Station had a special taco night to celebrate their second successful chile pepper harvest. As with the first historic chile pepper picking on October 29, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei had the honor of completing the longest plant…MORE

New armored dinosaur found in Chile had bizarre weaponized tail
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New armored dinosaur found in Chile had bizarre weaponized tail

A new species of armored dinosaur discovered in Chile had a weaponized tail not seen before in any other dinosaur. Roughly 2 meters (6.5 feet) in size, the small armored dinosaur called an ankylosaur dates from the late Cretaceous period, around 71.7 million to 74.9 million years ago. Its largely complete fossilized skeleton was found…MORE

Omicron was in Europe long before travel bans on southern Africa
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Omicron was in Europe long before travel bans on southern Africa

When South African officials sounded the alarm on the new Omicron variant last Thursday, stocks around the world tumbled and up to 70 countries, including the United States, imposed travel bans and restrictions to southern African countries. The knee-jerk response followed the news that the variant had an unusually high number of mutations, which scientists…MORE

Question of the Day

Dec 2

Q:  Nearly 70% of Americans say they rarely or never do this…even tho they probably have the opportunity to do it nearly every day… A: Answer the phone if they don’t know who’s calling

Dec 1

Q: Sales of this item dipped by up to 40-percent due to the pandemic… A: Ties

Nov 30

Q: It’s not many, but 5% of American adults say they haven’t done this in the past 6-months… A: Listened to music