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Swarm Reveals Magnetic Waves Across Earth’s Outer Core

Completely New Type of Magnetic Wave Discovered Sweeping Across Earth’s Outer Core

Using information from ESA’s Swarm satellite mission, scientists have discovered a completely new type of magnetic wave that sweeps across the outermost part of Earth’s outer core every seven years. This fascinating finding opens a new window into a world we can never see. This mysterious wave oscillates every seven years and propagates westward at …

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A mysterious intergalactic force is pushing against the Milky Way

A mysterious intergalactic force is pushing against the Milky Way

An artist’s depiction of superclusters in the universe. (Image credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library) Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUNY Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of “Ask a Spaceman“ and “Space Radio,” and author of “How to Die in Space.” It sounds like the premise of a bad sci-fi movie: There’s …

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Neuroscientists gain a deeper understanding of how LSD affects molecular brain activity

Neuroscientists gain a deeper understanding of how LSD affects molecular brain activity

The dopaminergic system appears to play an important but overlooked role in LSD’s effects on consciousness, according to new research published in the journal Psychopharmacology. The findings provide new insight into the neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for the unique effects of psychedelic drugs. “Psychedelic research is back and making up for lost time after a long …

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Were dinosaurs warm- or cold-blooded?  A new study settles an old debate

Were dinosaurs warm- or cold-blooded? A new study settles an old debate

There is an iconic scene in “Jurassic Park” when a velociraptor’s breath fogs up a window as it searches for its prey. If the so-called “terrible lizards” (as “dinosauria” roughly translates to) were cold-blooded — you know, like actual lizards — this scene would have been inaccurate. Yet even though many things about the “Jurassic …

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Webb Space Telescope's Quest for Primeval Black Holes

Webb Space Telescope’s Quest for Primeval Black Holes

Artist conception of the James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez The Webb Space Telescope team continues to work on commissioning the science instruments, the final step before starting science operations in the summer. We recently saw the spectacular image of the black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy, taken …

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The Source of The World's Most Active Volcano Might Finally Be Pinpointed

The Source of The World’s Most Active Volcano Might Finally Be Pinpointed

The Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii is said to be the world’s most active volcano, and yet we still don’t really know how it was born. New research suggests the original womb of magma lies more than 90 kilometers beneath the hotspot. While previous studies have found two shallow chambers of magma beneath Kīlauea, they weren’t …

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Sand Desert

Low-Cost Gel Harvests Drinking Water From Dry Desert Air

Researchers have developed a low-cost gel film that can pull water from the air in even dry climates like the desert. More than a third of the world’s population lives in drylands, areas that experience significant water shortages. Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a unique solution that could …

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