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Scientists create diamonds at room temperature in minutes

Scientists create diamonds at room temperature in minutes

Diamonds might be forever, but that doesn’t mean they have to take eons to form. The gemstones are usually created after carbon is crushed and heated far beneath the Earth’s surface over billions of years — which is what makes them so coveted. Now, scientists in Australia say they have sped up the process into…

Star merger created rare Blue Ring Nebula

Star merger created rare Blue Ring Nebula

Astronomers were surprised when they discovered what appeared to be a star surrounded by an ultraviolet ring 16 years ago. It became known as the Blue Ring Nebula, located 6,300 light-years away from Earth in the Hercules constellation. Now, after years of detective work, researchers, including those from the original NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission…

Russian spacewalk helps prepare space station for new module

Russian spacewalk helps prepare space station for new module

Two cosmonauts, both from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, conducted a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Wednesday. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov prepared the outside of the space station’s Russian segment to receive a new module. That’s right; both bear the first name Sergey, spelled exactly the same way. This is Ryzhikov’s…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, November 16

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, November 16

More than 1 million Americans have been infected with Covid-19 in the last week. Over the weekend, the United States topped 11 million coronavirus cases and 246,000 deaths, meaning that one in 1,340 Americans alive in January has now died in the pandemic and one in 30 has been infected. It’s also getting worse. At…

Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky. Meteors can be harder to see when there is a bright moon, but fortunately the moon will only be 5% visible, according to the American Meteor Society. The meteor shower is expected to peak on November 16…

As schools shut across the US, Europe made it a mission to keep them open

As schools shut across the US, Europe made it a mission to keep them open

Late last month, Ireland entered a strict, six-week lockdown against the spread of Covid-19, under which social gatherings are prohibited, exercise permitted only within five kilometers of the home, and bars and restaurants closed. But as he announced the new restrictions, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Miche├íl Martin emphasized that schools and childcare facilities should stay open.…

Hospital workers become millionaires after winning $6 million in the lottery

A group of hospital workers got a sweet surprise when they found out they won $6 million in the lottery on Halloween. Heewon (Theresa) Choi, Melanie Nolan and their two other unnamed co-workers at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, won big in the British Columbia Lottery after they bought a ticket at…

Bacteria from Earth could potentially be used to mine on the moon or Mars

Experiments performed on the International Space Station have suggested that bacteria from Earth could be used to extract useful minerals on the moon or Mars. Microorganisms are already used on Earth to mine economically important elements from rocks, including rare earth elements, used in mobile phones and electronics. Scientists in the United Kingdom spent 10…

Jupiter’s moon Europa may glow in the dark

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is considered one of only a few bodies in our solar system that has the potential to host some form of life. It has a ocean deep beneath a frozen crust, which like Earth’s, may contain salt, and plumes of water vapor have been discovered above the surface. Now, scientists say…