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Monday, October 19, 2020
Scientists Debate How Coronavirus Spreads, Experts Push For Mask Mandate

Scientists Debate How Coronavirus Spreads, Experts Push For Mask Mandate

NPR's David Greene talks to NPR's Allison Aubrey and Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, a narrow strip of beach in Alabama's Mobile County, about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Scientists find snake-like dental glands in an amphibian for the first time

Scientists find snake-like dental glands in an amphibian for the first...

The ringed caecilian Siphonops annulatus has a surprise inside its mouth. Carlos Jared Pretty much nobody is losing sleep over fears of a toad bite, but you might want to start welcoming amphibians into your nightmares. Scientists have found evidence of snake-like dental glands in an amphibian for the first time, and, yes, that's pretty…
Scientists spot nearby super-Earths that could potentially host life

Scientists spot nearby super-Earths that could potentially host life

This illustration shows what the planets of Gliese 887 might look like. Mark Garlick We have a new discovery in the quest to determine whether we're alone in the universe. A team of astronomers involved in the planet-hunting Red Dots campaign have found two especially intriguing super-Earths around the relatively nearby star Gliese 887.Super-Earths are planets with…
NASA scientists say icy moon Europa may be best spot to check for alien life

NASA scientists say icy moon Europa may be best spot to...

Jupiter's moon Europa is covered in smooth ice concealing a salty sea. At certain spots the hidden ocean erupts through cracks in the ice that would make Old Faithful look like a backyard sprinkler.  NASA/Goddard Swimming could turn out to be the most common way of getting around in our solar system.  NASA researchers say…
Scientists find way to pollinate plants with soap bubbles as bees decline

Scientists find way to pollinate plants with soap bubbles as bees...

A chemically functionalized soap bubble pollinates a campanula flower Eijiro Miyako Shimmering soap bubbles are an unexpected new vehicle for turning flowers into fruit. The search for alternative methods of pollinating crops has taken on more urgency as bee populations decline. Researchers have found that soap bubbles can carry pollen grains and deposit them on flowers.…
Scientists estimate the number of intelligent alien civilizations in the galaxy

Scientists estimate the number of intelligent alien civilizations in the galaxy

Hellooooo, alien civilizations in the Milky Way! Can you hear us? Getty Images Eight.That's the minimum number of intelligent, communicating alien civilizations two astronomers at the University of Nottingham believe could exist in the Milky Way, our home galaxy.   A new study, published in The Astrophysical Journal on Monday, provides an updated estimate of the…
Scientists unveil entire buried Roman city, no excavation required

Scientists unveil entire buried Roman city, no excavation required

Ground-penetrating radar revealed a temple in Falerii Novi in Italy. L. Verdonck The ancient Roman town of Falerii Novi had shops, a market, baths, atrium houses, a theater and a temple. We know exactly where they all are, even though they remain hidden away underground in Italy.Falerii Novi dates back to 241 BC and was…
Scientists pinpoint the cleanest air on the planet

Scientists pinpoint the cleanest air on the planet

Air over the Southern Ocean is the cleanest on Earth, scientists say.  Getty Images If you're looking for a breath of (really) fresh air, the best place to find it is in a region of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, according to researchers. If we want to keep that air clean, though, it's probably best we leave…
Scientists spot ‘special and familiar’ Earth-like planet with a sun-like star

Scientists spot ‘special and familiar’ Earth-like planet with a sun-like star

Does the Kepler-160 planet look anything like Earth? We just don't know. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center If you like dreaming of far-off planets that might be a bit like Earth, I've got a new destination for your fantasies: the star Kepler-160 and the exoplanet KOI-456.04. A study led by astrophysicist René Heller of the Max…
Excited NASA scientists watch as night-shining clouds form over Arctic

Excited NASA scientists watch as night-shining clouds form over Arctic

This animation shows the NASA AIM spacecraft's view of the start of noctilucent cloud season in the Arctic in 2020. NASA/HU/VT/CU-LASP/AIM/Joy Ng Night-shining clouds. This poetic phrase describes noctilucent clouds that dwell in the mesophere, a layer of Earth's upper atmosphere located above the stratosphere. NASA describes the enchanting formations as "ice blue" and "brilliant." They're…

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