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New Evidence That Giant Asteroid Impacts Created the Continents

Asteroid Collision Earth Impact

Evidence that Earth’s continents were formed by giant meteorite impacts has been uncovered in new research. New research has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that Earth’s continents were formed by giant meteorite impacts, which were especially common during the first billion years or so of our planet’s four-and-a-half-billion-year history. Curtin University researchers conducted the study, …

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New Research Overturns 100-Year-Old Understanding of Color Perception

3D Mathematical Space Used To Map Human Color Perception

This visualization captures the 3D mathematical space used to map human color perception. A new mathematical representation has found that the line segments representing the distance between widely separated colors don’t add up correctly using the previously accepted geometry. The research contradicts long-held assumptions and will improve a variety of practical applications of color theory. …

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Making oxygen with magnets could help astronauts breathe easy

Making oxygen with magnets could help astronauts breathe easy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A potentially better way to make oxygen for astronauts in space using magnetism has been proposed by an international team of scientists, including a University of Warwick chemist. The conclusion is from new research on magnetic phase separation in microgravity published in npj Microgravity by researchers from the University of Warwick …

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Hubble Sees Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Recovering After Never-Seen-Before Titanic Eruption

Betelgeuse Southern Region Evolving

Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star, appears as a brilliant, ruby-red, twinkling spot of light in the upper right shoulder of the winter constellation Orion the Hunter. However, when viewed close up, astronomers know that it is a seething monster with a 400-day-long heartbeat of regular pulsations. This aging star is classified as a supergiant because …

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How quirk of primate evolution gave humans the voice apes lack | Evolution

Scientists have identified evolutionary modifications in the voice box distinguishing people from other primates that may underpin a capability indispensable to humankind: speaking. Researchers said on Thursday that an examination of the voice box, or larynx, in 43 species of primates showed that humans differ from apes and monkeys in lacking an anatomical structure called …

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Sauropods had soft foot pads to help support their massive weight

Sauropods had soft foot pads to help support their massive weight

Enlarge / A 3D paleoreconstruction of a sauropod dinosaur has revealed that the hind feet had a soft tissue pad beneath the “heel,” cushioning the foot to absorb the animals immense weight. Andreas Jannel Ask people to think of a dinosaur, and they’ll likely name Tyrannosaurus Rex, the carnivorous antagonist prominently featured in the Jurassic …

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What time is the meteor shower tonight? When to watch Perseid 2022 meteors in the UK and what to look for

Visibility of the Perseids will be disrupted by the full moon (Photo: Getty Images)

The Perseid meteor shower is lighting up the skies this week in one of the highlights of the year for stargazers. With up to 150 shooting stars streaking through the sky per hour, it is one of the brightest and most active showers of the year. There is also a high chance of seeing fireballs, …

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T rex’s keyhole eye sockets helped its bite, research suggests | Dinosaurs

With a huge body, sharp claws, and dagger-like teeth, Tyrannosaurus rex would not have relied on looks to kill. But research suggests its eyes may have contributed to its bone-crushing bite. A study has proposed the keyhole-shaped eye sockets of T rex may have helped to disperse stress across the skull of the fearsome predator …

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