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Legendary, mysterious giant squid’s genome revealed

Legendary, mysterious giant squid’s genome revealed

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The giant squid has long been a subject of horror lore. In this original illustration from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," a giant squid grasps a helpless sailor. University of Chicago / Alphonse de Neuville  Everything about the mysterious giant squid Architeuthis dux is massive. It grows as big as a school bus, has…
Mysterious repeating radio signal traced to unexpected outer space location

Mysterious repeating radio signal traced to unexpected outer space location

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Only a handful of the enigmatic signals have ever repeated themselves. CSIRO/Andrew Howells The source of strange signals called fast radio bursts from across the cosmos is one of the most perplexing puzzles in astronomy. This week, astronomers identified the source of one such repeating signal for just the second time, and the result seems…
Mysterious repeating radio signal traced to unexpected location

Mysterious repeating radio signal traced to unexpected location

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Only a handful of the enigmatic signals have ever repeated themselves. CSIRO/Dr. Andrew Howells The source of strange signals called fast radio bursts from across the cosmos is one of the most perplexing puzzles in astronomy. This week, astronomers identified the source of one such repeating signal for just the second time, and the result…
Outbreak of mysterious illness in China traced to never-before-seen virus

Outbreak of mysterious illness in China traced to never-before-seen virus

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A coronavirus was recognized as being behind the 2003 SARS outbreak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a frightening specter. The contagious, deadly virus raged in China in 2003. In recent weeks, a mysterious new respiratory illness has appeared in Wuhan CIty in Hubei Province, sickening 44 people as…
Mysterious, parallel cracks on Saturn’s ice moon finally explained

Mysterious, parallel cracks on Saturn’s ice moon finally explained

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Enceladus has fracture lines running across its surface, seen here in blue.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute The giant "tiger stripes" on Saturn's Enceladus, a moon that hides a liquid ocean under its icy shell, have been something of a mystery to scientists. But now they have a possible explanation. In a new study, published Monday in the journal…
Mysterious snow patterns seen from space have a corny explanation

Mysterious snow patterns seen from space have a corny explanation

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These odd snowfall formations are due in part to an unusually wet fall. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey You've heard of crop circles, but what about crop rectangles? No aliens were involved in the making of a strange patchwork of snow as seen by the USGS…
Tiny, mysterious asteroid is probably going the photo voltaic system’s smallest dwarf planet

Tiny, mysterious asteroid is probably going the photo voltaic system’s smallest...

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Astronomers think (10) Hygiea could be reclassified as a dwarf planet -- which would make it the smallest such body in the solar system.  ESO/P. Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS) The fourth largest object in the asteroid belt, a space rock known as (10) Hygiea, has been something of a mystery for astronomers even though…
Strange X-37 B area aircraft lands after record 780 days in orbit

Strange X-37 B area aircraft lands after record 780 days in...

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An unmanned X-37B space plane landed Sunday after more than two years in orbit. US Air Force An unmanned X-37B space plane landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, wrapping up a record 780 days in orbit, the US Air Force said Sunday. The mission breaks the mysterious plane's own record by…
Mystical area aircraft lands after record 780 days in orbit

Mystical area aircraft lands after record 780 days in orbit

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An unmanned X-37B space plane landed Sunday after more than two years in orbit. US Air Force An unmanned X-37B space plane landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, wrapping up a record 780 days in orbit, the US Air Force said Sunday. The mission breaks the mysterious plane's own record by…
A Kid’s Mystical Disease Leads His Household On A Diagnostic Odyssey

A Kid’s Mystical Disease Leads His Household On A Diagnostic Odyssey

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Alex, at 4 years and 11 months old, throws a toy football. Caroline Cheung-Yiu hide caption toggle caption Caroline Cheung-Yiu When Alex Yiu was born 14 years ago, he seemed like a typical healthy kid. But when he turned 2, his mother, Caroline Cheung-Yiu, started noticing things that were amiss — first little problems, then…

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