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New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists
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Enlarge / New Horizons took this image of the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) on Jan. 1, 2019, when the NASA spacecraft was 8,862km beyond it. The image to the left is an “average” of ten images. (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI) Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data […]

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Scientists solve the mystery of Rembrandt’s “impasto” paint recipe
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Enlarge / Detail from Rembrandt van Rijn’s Susanna (1636), one of the paintings analyzed by Dutch and French scientists using X-ray synchrotron radiation to determine paint composition. (credit: Public domain) The 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is justly considered one of the greatest artists of all time. He’s particularly praised for his masterful […]

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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Scientists Constantly Surprised By What They Discover?
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Slashdot reader dryriver asks about “the sheer number of times scientists consider something to be ‘scientifically impossible’, are badly disproven by some kind of new finding or discovery a few years later, and then express ‘surprise’ that ‘X is indeed possible’.” If you do a Google News search for the keywords “scientists were surprised” or […]

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Scientists just found a previously unknown part of the human brain     – CNET
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A brain cartographer suggests the cluster of cells appears unique to humans and may be responsible for fine motor control.

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Scientists find evidence of a black hole at our galaxy’s center
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Researchers have long suspected that a supermassive black hole lies in the center of our galaxy, and now they have strong evidence to support that suspicion. Using the Very Large Telescope — an array of four individual telescopes stationed in the At…

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Scientists Discover Weird Sounds In Antarctic Ice Shelf
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pgmrdlm shares a report from USA Today: Using special instruments, scientists have discovered weird sounds at the bottom of the world. The noise is actually vibrating ice, caused by the wind blowing across snow dunes, according to a new study. It’s kind of like you’re blowing a flute, constantly, on the ice shelf,” study lead […]

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Scientists built a terrifying robot snake that can climb ladders     – CNET
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Snakes and ladders used to be a board game, now it’s an integral part of our shared robot dystopian future. Can’t wait!

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Scientists Create Healthy Mice With Same-Sex Parents
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Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to make baby mice with two moms and no dad. “The aim of the Chinese researchers was to work out which rules of reproduction they needed to break to make baby mice from same-sex parents,” reports the BBC. “That in turn helps understand why the rules […]

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Scientists discover bees stop buzzing during solar eclipses     – CNET
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They just stopped flying in the darkness.

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