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How this weird giant planet came to look like a football
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How this weird giant planet came to look like a football

In the search for planets beyond our solar system, astronomers have found a giant exoplanet that looks more like a football or rugby ball than a sphere. The planet, called WASP-103b, is one of extremes. Located about 1,225 light-years from Earth in the Hercules constellation, the planet is almost twice the size of Jupiter. The…MORE

Psychedelic-laced beer may have helped this ancient South American empire rule
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Psychedelic-laced beer may have helped this ancient South American empire rule

Beer laced with hallucinogenic drugs derived from plant seeds may have helped leaders of a South American culture maintain their political control for hundreds of years, according to new research. The Wari, who built an empire and ruled the highlands of what is now Peru from 600 to 1,000 AD, preceded the Incas. Archaeological excavations…MORE

A kilometer-wide asteroid will make its closest pass by Earth next week
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A kilometer-wide asteroid will make its closest pass by Earth next week

An asteroid estimated to be a kilometer (3,451 feet) wide will fly by Earth on January 18. It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.…MORE

From Europe to the US, Covid cases in children are surging. Schools aren’t prepared
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From Europe to the US, Covid cases in children are surging. Schools aren’t prepared

As Covid-19 cases skyrocketed across Britain in late December, Stuart Guest spent his vacation poring over scientific reports about air cleaning and filtration systems. Guest, a head teacher at an elementary school in Birmingham, England, scoured Amazon for affordable air purifiers in the hopes of stopping the more transmissible Omicron variant from spreading among his…MORE

The last 7 years have been the warmest on record as planet approaches critical threshold
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The last 7 years have been the warmest on record as planet approaches critical threshold

The last seven years have been the seven warmest on record for the planet, new data shows, as Earth’s temperature continues its precarious climb due to heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. A new analysis by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, which tracks global temperature and other climate indicators, found 2021 was the fifth-warmest year…MORE

Death toll in Brazil rock face collapse rises to 10
Minas Gerais Fire Deparment

Death toll in Brazil rock face collapse rises to 10

Two more bodies were found Sunday afternoon after a massive rock fell on top of several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, raising the death toll to 10, according to state media outlet AgĂȘncia Brasil. At least 32 people were injured in the incident, according to Pedro Aihara, a spokesman…MORE

James Webb Space Telescope successfully unfolds its giant gold mirror in space
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James Webb Space Telescope successfully unfolds its giant gold mirror in space

Just 14 days after launching, the world’s most complex space observatory has already overcome some of its greatest challenges. The James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed the unfolding of its giant gold mirror on Saturday. “I am so proud of the team — spanning continents and decades — that delivered this first-of-its kind achievement,” said…MORE

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