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Scientists Solve a 120-Year-Old Mystery: How Did the Monstrous Plesiosaurs Swim?

Styxosaurus Plesiosaur

Artist’s concept of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs are characterized by having four uniform fins. A new study reveals how plesiosaurs swam underwater Plesiosaurs, which lived about 210 million years ago, adapted to living underwater in an unusual way: Their front and rear legs evolved into four uniform wing-like fins over time. Dr. Anna Krahl examined how …

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Silly sausage! French physicist forced to apologise for ‘planet’ photo that was a snap of chorizo

This is the image that Etienne Klein, a renowned physicist, philosopher, and director of research at the French Atomic Energy Commission, posted on Twitter jokingly claiming it was the latest stunning James Webb Space Telescope photograph of the star.  Proxima Centauri

A prominent French physicist has been forced to apologize for a photograph he said was of NASA’s new space telescope but was actually a piece of sausage. Etienne Klein, a renowned philosopher and director of research for the French Atomic Energy Commission, informed his followers that ‘no object belonging to the Spanish charcuterie exists except …

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Near-Earth asteroid has a surface like a fun-house pit of plastic balls

Near-Earth asteroid has a surface like a fun-house pit of plastic balls

During the historic collection event, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s sampling head sank 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) into the asteroid’s surface. Apparently, Bennu’s exterior is made of loose particles that aren’t held together very securely, based on what happened when the spacecraft collected a sample. If the spaceship If it hadn’t fired its thruster to recoil after …

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The Cartwheel Galaxy Is the Webb Telescope’s Latest Cosmic Snapshot

The Cartwheel Galaxy Is the Webb Telescope’s Latest Cosmic Snapshot

Scientists released the latest images from NASA’s triumphant James Webb Space Telescope on Tuesday. The most recent release documents the Cartwheel galaxy, which lies some 500 million light-years from our planet and is aptly named for its wheel-like appearance, complete with a central hub, tire, and even wavy fluorescent spokes. Webb also recorded two smaller …

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Her Lungs Mysteriously Shut Down. How Could This Have Happened?

Her Lungs Mysteriously Shut Down. How Could This Have Happened?

The 21-year-old gasped as she read the headline: “The 16-year-old girl who walks and eats tacos while on life support.” She scanned the article about a girl who had a mysterious illness that destroyed her lungs and now she needed a machine to breathe for her. “I need to do something,” she told herself once …

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Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just captured light acting as “glue” between atoms, in a kind of loosely bound molecule. “We have managed for the first time to polarize several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says physicist at the University of Innsbruck, Matthias Sonnleitner. Atoms connect to form molecules in …

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Massive Tonga Volcano Eruption Blasted Enough Water To Fill 58,000 Olympic-Size Swimming Pools Into Stratosphere

Hunga Tonga Erupts

This looping video shows an umbrella cloud generated by the underwater eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on January 15, 2022. The GOES-17 satellite captured the series of images that also show crescent-shaped shock waves and rays. . Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens using GOES imagery courtesy of NOAA and NESDIS …

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Atlas 5 rocket ready for liftoff at dawn Thursday – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch the US Space Force’s SBIRS GEO 6 missile warning satellite into geosynchronous orbit. Text updates will automatically appear below. Follow us Twitter. sfn live