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Researchers make surprising discovery in one of the universe’s oldest stars

Researchers make surprising discovery in one of the universe’s oldest stars

It’s one of the oldest known stars in the universe and it’s been hiding a surprise, according to new research. The primitive star is known as J0815+4729. It’s 5,000 light-years away from us in the Lynx constellation. And when astronomers used the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawaii to study it, they were…

Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, another first in space

Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, another first in space

The first batch of cookies in space have been baked in a zero-gravity oven, but the astronaut bakers didn’t even get to try them. Instead, three of the five cookies returned to Earth on one of SpaceX’s Dragon capsules on January 8 and were moved to cold storage in Houston. But in a nice bonus,…

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Although NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission ended in 2018, astronomers are still finding surprises in the data provided by the space telescope. One of those surprises included the unexpected finding of a white dwarf star that’s draining the life from its brown dwarf companion, according to a new study. Ryan Ridden-Harper, a postdoctoral fellow at the…

Radioactive dinosaur skull helped researchers make new discovery

Radioactive dinosaur skull helped researchers make new discovery

Allosaurus was a fierce predator at the top of the dinosaur food chain millions of years before Tyrannosaurus rex claimed its “king of the dinosaurs” title and researchers have now discovered the earliest known species of Allosaurus. The new species, Allosaurus jimmadsen, has been revealed at the Natural History Museum of Utah, home to the…

Scientists discovered four new species of sharks that walk

Scientists discovered four new species of sharks that walk

So — some sharks walk. Just not the scary ones. While great whites haunt the deep, walking sharks are content to scuttle in the shallows. They’ve been walking, or something close to it, for at least 9 million years. They’re evolutionary superstars, too: Walking sharks could be the most recently evolved shark on Earth. That’s…

Curiosity rover overcomes temporary freeze after ‘attitude adjustment’

Curiosity rover overcomes temporary freeze after ‘attitude adjustment’

Like any intrepid explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover has to do safety checks before moving around on the Martian surface. Those who maintain communication with the rover on Earth keep an eye on those safety checks, like a parent getting messages from their traveling child. Last week, the rover didn’t seem to understand where it was,…

Voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy reproduced by 3-D printing a vocal tract

Voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy reproduced by 3-D printing a vocal tract

Scientists have revealed what the voice of a mummified Egyptian priest who lived 3,000 years ago would have sounded like by 3-D printing his vocal tract. The team were able to accurately reproduce a single sound, which sounds a bit like a long, exasperated “meh” without the “m.” David Howard, one of the academics behind…

Senate Republicans need to end this trial before Donald Trump confesses to anything else

Senate Republicans need to end this trial before Donald Trump confesses to anything else

Senate Republicans need to end this impeachment trial before President Donald Trump confesses to anything else. “We’re doing very well,” Trump said, summing up the performance of his legal team after watching the trial from Davos, Switzerland. “But honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.” His timing was problematic, to say…

How Trump will be remembered and Democrats’ linguistic offensive

How Trump will be remembered and Democrats’ linguistic offensive

How will history remember Donald Trump? Presidents spend four or eight years burning bright — but fade away once they’re done, remembered mostly for their personalities and a few highlights. George W. Bush has been reduced to the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. Ronald Reagan was immortalized for asking Mr. Gorbachev to tear down that…

After months of protest, Lebanon forms new government

After months of protest, Lebanon forms new government

After months of escalating protests, Lebanon has named a new prime minister and cabinet. Hassan Diab, a professor and former education minister, will take the top role, according to a statement read by an official at the Baabda presidential palace in Beirut on Tuesday. He was appointed with the backing of Hezbollah, its allies, and…

Oldest known asteroid strike may have ended Snowball Earth

Oldest known asteroid strike may have ended Snowball Earth

More than two billion years ago, an asteroid slammed into Earth and created a 43-mile wide crater in Western Australia’s outback. Now, researchers believe it is the oldest known impact crater, predating others by 200 million years. And it’s possible that the impact led to a great thaw as Earth exited a global frozen state.…

What would America’s Founding Fathers have said about Trump’s impeachment trial?

What would America’s Founding Fathers have said about Trump’s impeachment trial?

What American politics needs is time travel. What could salve the bitterness over US President Donald Trump’s impeachment battle better than a face-to-face explanation from the Founding Fathers about how they intended to hold presidents to account? The Constitution, ratified in 1788, prescribes impeachment in cases of “Treason, Bribery and other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”…

Harry reunites with Meghan in Canada as couple warn media over photos

Harry reunites with Meghan in Canada as couple warn media over photos

Prince Harry’s plans for a “more peaceful life” away from the royal spotlight have already been cast into doubt as he joined his wife, Meghan, and son, Archie, in Canada on Tuesday amid a fresh paparazzi feud. The publication of photographs showing the Duchess of Sussex hiking with baby Archie and their dogs in Canadian…

‘Dancing dragon’ feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China

‘Dancing dragon’ feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China

About 120 million years ago, a “dancing dragon” lived in China’s Jehol Province. The discovery of a fossil belonging to the small feathered dinosaur is new to science and helps bridge the gap between dinosaurs and birds. Researchers named the dinosaur Wulong bohaiensis, which translates to “a dancing dragon.” The dinosaur was about the size…

Queen Victoria’s outfit was found in an old cabinet

Queen Victoria’s outfit was found in an old cabinet

Items from an outfit that once belonged to Britain’s Queen Victoria were found in a cabinet more than 100 years after they were placed there. Now they are going up for auction. The collection, including a skirt, bodice, bloomers, stockings and boots, were found by 63-year-old electrical engineer Roderick Williams. Williams said his great-great-grandfather, Alexander…

Trump’s impeachment trial comes at a high point for fans

Trump’s impeachment trial comes at a high point for fans

As Donald Trump sees it, America lucked out with a good President — “even though they’re trying to impeach the son of a b***h.” With his impeachment trial pending, critics see a train wreck. Yet Trump’s moment of historic shame comes at a high point for fans — and explains why Republican senators are in…

Libya summit calls for sanctions if ceasefire is violated

Libya summit calls for sanctions if ceasefire is violated

A conference in Berlin that convened warring factions in Libya as well as their foreign backers to establish a permanent ceasefire called for sanctions against parties found in violation of any agreed-upon truce, according to a communique from the meeting. The summit was called after a tentative truce brokered by Russia and Turkey a week…